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If you’re a fellow vegan, you may be wondering — Are marshmallows vegan? Read on to find out!
“Life is a marshmallow, easy to chew but hard to swallow.” — Francis Bacon
This tasty treat comes from the mallow plant, which was the inspiration for the name. Ancient Egyptians used it in 2000 BC and mixed it with fruit and nuts .
Fast forward a couple of thousand years into the future, French confection makers started making marshmallows we all know and love somewhere around the 1800s.
Now they're one of the best vegan camping foods - if they' don't contain mallow plant sap, egg whites, and sugar, and pour it into molds.
They'd also add gelatine to help the candy keep its form. And this reveals why vegans are confused about whether marshmallows are vegan.
Nowadays, most marshmallows are made from a combination of corn starch, corn syrup, sugar, water, and gelatin.
No, most regular marshmallows aren’t vegan. There are some vegetarian marshmallows, but you should always check the label.
As I mentioned, French confectioners started adding gelatin so a marshmallow could keep its shape. But that’s not the only ingredient that makes marshmallows non-vegan. Most store-bought aren’t vegan-friendly, and here are just a few reasons.
A significant number of ingredients could make marshmallows not vegan. I’d advise you to pay attention to the ingredient list to be sure.
When used, gelatin usually comprises 2.5% of a marshmallow. It usually creates a rubbery, elasticky marshmallow. Some companies use fish gelatin to ensure their marshmallows are halal and kosher.
While this is excellent news for certain religious groups and pescatarians, it isn't great for vegans.
2. Egg Whites
Higher quality marshmallows typically contain egg whites. The whites create a fluffier and lighter marshmallow. Once again - not suitable for vegans.
Thankfully this doesn’t happen that often today, but some white sugar is still processed with animal bone char . So, only go for marshmallows that are clearly marked as vegan, because you can never know how the sugar was processed (unless the manufacturer discloses the info).
Luckily for all my fellow vegans, there are some amazing vegan marshmallow brands.
If you want to be 100% sure your marshmallows are vegan, you should make them yourself. It’s super simple and easy, and I’ll share one of my favorite recipes with you.
You'll also need baking/parchment paper, a standing or hand mixer, a large bowl, a small pot, and an 8x8 baking pan.
Rejoice! These fluffy pieces of heaven are vegan!
Well, some of them are. As usual, I recommend you pay extra attention to the label when buying marshmallows.
Or, to be sure you're eating vegan marshmallows, make your own! If you've already mastered this tasty treat, share your recipe in the comments!