The Stanford marshmallow experiment was a series of studies on delayed gratification. In these studies, a child was offered a choice between one small reward, often a marshmallow, provided immediately or two small rewards if he waited approximately 15 minutes. The researchers found that children who were able to wait longer for the preferred rewards tended to have better life outcomes, educational attainment, body mass index and other life measures. (paraphrased from Wikipedia entry on the subject)
Marshmallows are a big part of the Pinoy kid’s childhood. We had everything from the extra-large roasting variety, the teeny-weeny ones, the twisted, the colored, flavored, chocolate-covered, the specially-shaped and even the extra-long. We’d play Chubby Bunny and a host of other food games with those. And who could forget the kiddie party centerpiece of marshies on cocktail hotdog kebab ends? That’s as Pinoy as sweetened ketchup-sauce spaghetti with hotdogs.
Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows, a personal favorite, came out with Marshmallow Crème which is a delightfully fluffy spread much like a pack of marshmallows in the lunch kit you left out in the quad. Sticky-sweet. I used it on ordinary sliced bread, ice cream topping, on fresh fruit, in my hot chocolate and cookies. Made for a very delicious shaving cream, too. Haha!