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Marshmallow Madness

Cooking tips for the caring cook.


No Need to Waste Even One Marshmallow!

  • To prevent marshmallows from drying out store them in the freezer as marshmallows will not dry out when frozen.
  • To keep marshmallows and other sticky foods from sticking to your knife blade: Dip the blade in cold water or spray it with nonstick spray.
  • To unstick marshmallows, place some powdered sugar or cornstarch in the bag and work it in with the marshmallows. You may have to separate some of them by hand, but they shouldn't be sticky after they are well coated.
  • To keep ice cream from dripping out the bottom of an ice cream cone as the ice cream melts, place a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of the cone.
  • To freshen stale marshmallows, seal them in an airtight can or plastic bag with a slice of fresh bread for 2 or 3 days.

Quick Cooking Tips

Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan -- the marshmallow won't stick to your fingers!

Soften marshmallows that have hardened by holding the closed bag under running hot water, or dipping into a pan of hot water for a few minutes. Just make sure the bag is sealed well. The moisture that builds is just enough to soften the marshmallows right up.

Marshmallows are easier to cut with scissors than with a knife. Dip the scissors repeatedly in hot water so they don't gum up.

If a recipe calls for marshmallows by weight, use this guide. Sixteen large marshmallows or 1 cup melted marshmallows equals one-quarter pound.

Apple Marshmallow Smiles

4 or 5 medium apples, cut into wedges
Peanut butter
10 ounce bag miniature marshmallows

Spread peanut butter onto one side of each apple wedge. Using miniature marshmallows, position the "teeth" in place onto one of the apple wedges. Top with other apple wedge so that the peanut butter acts as a cement for the marshmallow "teeth".

Crispy Marshmallow Eggs

3 tablespoons butter
1 (10 ounce) package marshmallows
OR 1 (10-1/2 ounce package mini marshmallows)
6 cups toasted rice cereal
Food coloring, optional

Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows, stir until melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. For colored eggs, add food coloring to desired shade. Shape like eggs. Microwave: Heat butter in large microwavable bowl at high for 45 seconds or until melted. Add marshmallows, toss to coat. Microwave 1-1/2 minutes or until melted and mixture is smooth. Continue as above.

Storing Marshmallows

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