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A soft, fluffy confectionery originally made from an extract of marshmallow roots, but today more typically made by boiling sugar, gum arabic and water, then stirring in beaten egg whites to make a sweet spongy mixture, or setting whipped sugar syrup with gelatine. Marshmallows are also used as an ingredient and sold in different sizes. Mini marshmallows can be added to cake, cookie and ice–cream mixtures. In America, they may be used to top dishes of sweet potato. Large marshmallows are traditionally toasted over the fire on the end of a stick or added to hot chocolate drinks. Spreadable marshmallow can be bought in jars and is used as a topping or icing for cakes or eaten on slices of bread.