doumak-logo-full-sizeAbout Doumak

Doumak is The Marshmallow Company. And we are proud to say, we have earned the name!

We began our marshmallow-making journey in 1921, producing cast mold marshmallows in Los Angeles, California and since then, we’ve only produced only one product, MARSHMALLOWS!


marshusa_about-doumak-marshmallowsIn 1954, our founder’s son Alex Doumakes invented and patented the extrusion process of manufacturing marshmallows, a breakthrough innovation that allowed the marshmallows to be mass produced in a cost-efficient manner. Marshmallows went from being an expensive confection to an everyday sweet treat and favorite ingredient for many recipes. And to that, we say, “You’re welcome!”

At Doumak, our focus is on quality, service and value, and we pride ourselves on producing the best quality and freshest marshmallow in the world. In 1961, the Doumakes family moved the company to its current location outside Chicago, Illinois. Today, we continue to operate as a family owned business. Though our Campfire® and Rocky Mountain™ brands are world famous, all of our products are made in the USA.

The History of Marshmallows

2000 B.C.

Ancient Egyptians discover a wild herb growing in marshland from which a sweet substance could be extracted. This substance, the sap of the marshmallow plant, is combined with a honey-based candy recipe to create a confection so delightful that it’s reserved only for the pharaohs and the gods.


Candy makers in France combine the marshmallow sap with egg whites and sugar and whip by hand to create the first marshmallows as we know them today. The treat became popular so quickly that candy makers developed the starch mogul system using corn starch molds to form the marshmallows so that they could be made faster. Doctors also used the sap combined with egg whites and sugar to form a hard meringue that was sold as a medicinal candy to soothe sore throats, suppress coughs and heal wounds.


The Girl Scout Handbook is the first publication to share a recipe for roasted marshmallow combined with chocolate bars and graham crackers, what we know as a s’more.


Alex Doumak (son of the founder of Doumak, Inc., the makers of Campfire Marshmallows) patented the marshmallow extrusion process, revolutionizing marshmallow production by making it fast and efficient. In extrusion, the marshmallow mixture is pressed through tubes, then cut into equal pieces, cooled and packaged. This new process allowed enough marshmallows to be produced that they became an everyday sweet treat and staple for favorite family recipes.


Whether Mini or Giant, Marshmallows are an everyday sweet treat and a staple for favorite family recipes! From roasting over a campfire or cereal treats to snacking and crafts, Campfire Marshmallows add a little fun to everyday life!