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Technically, marshmallows are a confection -- a crystalline candy. They've been around in the form we know them since the mid-1800s. Marshmallows were originally made from a recipe called for sap from the root of the marshmallow plant (common in marshes). Modern marshmallows contain no mallow plant and were replaced by gelatin, and that is how modern marshmallows are made; a soft, spongy confection made of corn syrup, sugar, and water boiled to the Hard Ball Stage, with gelatin added, and then beaten into stiffy beaten egg whites to a light spongy consistency.