Marshmallows and Doumak

Some things you may not know about making marshmallows:• Marshmallows are hard to package because the lightweight product is falling down the forming tube at the same time they are displacing air that goes up the tube. Unlike most products, they aren’t much heavier than air.“In my next life I’d like to package ball bearings,” jokes company president Barry Blum.• The business is fairly seasonal, with one peak ahead of the late-year holidays and another ahead of Easter. • Marshmallows are used more often as an ingredient than an end product. • It takes about 60 minutes to produce a marshmallow.• Company founder Alex Doumak is credited with modernizing marshmallow production when he patented and begin using an extrusion process starting in the 1950s.

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