NATIONAL TOASTED MARSHMALLOW DAY | AUGUST 30
On August 30th, National Toasted Marshmallow Day celebrates one of America’s favorite fire-roasted treats. Be sure to stock up on marshmallows so you can celebrate!
Get your friends together and gather up some firewood. Grab a few long sticks and a bag of marshmallows. Then, make plans for a great night! Toasted marshmallows are a special part of summer evenings around a bonfire. Also, what better way to kick off a long weekend than to enjoy a delicious, warm, gooey, toasted marshmallow? Add a pair of graham crackers and a chocolate bar – and ask for s’more!
Depending upon personal preference, heat marshmallows to various degrees. Some like them gently toasted. Others look for a charred outer layer. Charring a marshmallow is simple. Hold it in the flame until the sugar catches fire. Then, carefully blow it out. It’s important not to wave it around as you’ll only fan the flames. Marshmallows also come in a variety of flavors and sizes for maximum toasting opportunities. For a fun alternative, try roasting Marshmallow Peeps. Watch them closely as the granular sugar coating will burn more quickly.
Believe it or not, marshmallows date back to Ancient Egypt. The mallow plant provided a sap the Egyptians used to create a candy with nuts and honey.
Ligonier, Indiana holds an annual Marshmallow Festival. It is also the marshmallow capital of the world. How sweet is that?
Homemade marshmallows use sugar, unflavored gelatin, corn syrup, and flavoring.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL TOASTED MARSHMALLOW DAY
Toast up some marshmallows and enjoy. Have a marshmallow toasting competition. Who makes the best-toasted marshmallows in your circle of friends? Share recipes for homemade marshmallows or s’mores combinations, too.
Share your best marshmallow toasting techniques and use #ToastedMarshmallowDay to post on social media.
While you’re enjoying a freshly toasted marshmallow, download this camp fire-themed coloring page perfect for the day! When you are finished, show us your masterpiece!
NATIONAL TOASTED MARSHMALLOW DAY HISTORY
The National Confectioners Association sponsors National Toasted Marshmallow Day.
Toasted Marshmallow FAQ
Q. How do you make homemade marshmallows?
A. As with commercial marshmallows, homemade ones contain lots of sugar, corn syrup (more sugar) and confectioners sugar (even more sugar). They also contain vanilla and gelatin.
Q. Are homemade marshmallows hard to make?
A. Homemade marshmallows are not too difficult to make and the end results are satisfyingly delicious. Try this recipe from Foodie With Family.
Q. How many different flavors of marshmallows are there?
A. Lots. More and more, candy and marshmallow makers are creating different flavors of marshmallows. Chocolate-filled marshmallows make building your s’more easier. Birthday cake, strawberry, caramel and Swedish Fish flavored marshmallows allow you to be creative. Decorate a cake and use a kitchen torch to toast them before serving.
Q. When is National S’mores Day?
A. National S’mores Day is August 10 every year.
August 30th Celebrated History
The Andromedid meteor shower offered up a spectacular thrill for stargazers. Its resulting meteor storm displayed more than 1300 meteors per hour.
Ty Cobb debuts with the Detroit Tigers. Known for his speed, fans anticipated his start, too. Following the Tigers win over the New York Highlanders, Cobb would stay in professional baseball for 23 years.
Bob Dylan releases his sixth album, Highway 61 Revisited. The album featured Like A rolling stone and Ballad of Thin Man.
Thurgood Marshall became the first African American Supreme Court Justice. Leading up to his nomination, Marshall prevailed in Brown v. Board of Education, resulting in the end of school segregation. President John F. Kennedy appointed Marshall to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit followed by a 1965 appointment by President Lyndon Johnson to the office of U.S. Solicitor General.
The astronaut, Guion S. Bluford, Jr., makes history when he became the African American to fly in space.
The Space Shuttle Discovery launches from the Kennedy Space Center on its maiden voyage.
The rock band Nirvana releases the DVD Live at Reading.
Portraying a story read headlines, Inherit the Wind opens in theaters. The film starred Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, and Gene Kelly.
Weighing in at 22 pounds, 14 ounces, the world’s largest honeycomb broke the world record. The honeycomb came from a beehive owned by Argirios Koskos of Greece.
August 30th Celebrated Birthday
Mary Shelley – 1797
Author of the gothic tale Frankenstein, Shelley first published the novel anonymously.
Barry Appleby – 1909
Fans of this British cartoonist know he’s the creator of the comic strip named The Gambols.
Kitty Wells – 1919
Inspiring future generations, the country singer was known for her folk and honky-tonk style.
Maurice Hilleman – 1919
Helping to eradicate childhood diseases such as the mumps, Hilleman developed more than 40 vaccines during his career.
Geoffrey Beene – 1927
In a fashion career spanning over 40 years, Geoffrey Beene created affordable styles for evening and business.
Warren Buffett – 1930
After starting his first business in high school, the investor and businessman made his first million in the early 1960s. Thirty years later, he became one of the world’s richest men when he made his first billion.
Ernie Ball – 1930
As an entrepreneur, Ball created components of musical instruments, especially guitar strings, frets, and guitars. Today, the business that bears his name continues bringing these components to the public.
Carrie Saxon Perry – 1931
Not only was Perry an advocate, in 1987, but she also ran for election as Hartford, Connecticut’s mayor. Upon her election, she became the first African American woman elected as mayor a major New England city.
John Phillips – 1935
The singer and songwriter led the musical group The Mamas & the Papas.
Sylvia Alice Earle – 1935
The oceanographer is known for her contributions to ocean research. She also founded Mission Blue, SEAlliance, and Deep Ocean Exploration and Research.
Molly Ivins – 1944
The journalist and columnist was known for getting to the root of a political story.
Amy Sherald – 1973
The Baltimore portrait artist is known for painting the First Lady Michelle Obama.
Lisa Ling – 1973
The one-time The View co-host continued her journalism career by launching the documentary series This is Life with Lisa Ling.