They may be delicious, but what if you have too many for straight snacking? Photo | THE NIBBLE.
If you received marshmallows for Easter and are looking to do more than snack from the box, you can make hot chocolate, s’mores or rocky road brownies, cookies or ice cream.
You can add them to peanut butter sandwiches and pancake batter, sliced or cut to size. You can make fruit and marshmallow skewers, or recipes with marshmallows from ambrosia salad to sweet potatoes.
You can dip them in chocolate fondue. Add them hot or cold cereal. Toss coffee-flavored marshmallows into hot coffee.
Use them as a pie topper: Bake the pie at 400°F for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the marshmallows are toasted.
Or, try these less obvious uses for marshmallows:
Brown Sugar Softener: After you open a bag of brown sugar, add a few large marshmallows before you reseal it (we further double-bag the bag brown sugar in self-sealing freezer bags). The marshmallows will provide moisture that helps keep the sugar soft.
Candle Holder: For birthday cakes or cupcakes, place each candle into a marshmallow before placing on the cake. When you remove the candles, there are no wax dripping on the cake or holes in the cake.
Cone Drip Stopper: Place a small marshmallow (or cut a larger one) in the bottom of an ice cream cone to stop melted ice cream from pouring out the bottom.
Icing Protector: To keep foil or plastic wrap from touching the icing when you transport a cake, place a few large marshmallows on the tops and side of the cake.
HOW TO KEEP MARSHMALLOWS SOFT
Marshmallows should be stored in an airtight container. But if they begin to harden, you can:
Pop them in the microwave for five seconds (not longer or they will begin to melt).
Toss them into hot chocolate.
Place them in a resealable freezer-weight plastic storage bag with a slice or two of fresh bread. Depending on how hard they are, they can take one or two days to soften.
IF YOU HAVE TOO MANY MARSHMALLOWS
Stick them in the freezer, in the storage bag with the fresh bread.
TO UNSTICK MARSHMALLOWS
If your marshmallows have clumped together, unstick them by placing them in a plastic bag and adding a teaspoon or two of cornstarch or powdered sugar. Seal the bag and shake it vigorously to evenly coat the marshmallows. They should begin to come apart in a few minutes.