Recipes (and Ideas) to Use Up That Old Bag of Marshmallows

Recipes to use up marshmallows are sometimes needed. That is if you don’t want to throw away that old stale bag in the back of your cupboard.

Did you know that marshmallows were once a treat for royals only? Ancient Egyptians were so crazy about it that it was a dessert reserved for kings! There’s no denying that the squishy, soft, and spongey marshmallow is a mouthwatering, delicious treat.

But you can easily get creative to use up the bag of marshmallows that’s been deep inside your kitchen cabinet for an eternity. We will show you how to create delicious desserts with marshmallows in no time. 

Recipes to use up marshmallows

In my family, we often have leftover marshmallows after holidays or gatherings. Over time, I have gathered a collection of tips and tricks for how to use up these leftover marshmallows before they go stale.

I have broken out the tips into two categories:

  • Old and stale marshmallows
  • Fresh marshmallows

Hacks to Use Up Marshmallow Hacks (for old or stale leftover marshmallows)

If you’ve got some old leftover marshmallows deep inside your kitchen cabinet, you can still put them to good use. We are going to show you exactly how with these great marshmallow hacks.

Make Frosting

Marshmallow frosting can be a great addition to your homemade cakes, and it’s quick and easy to make. Gooey marshmallow – your taste buds will go crazy! To get started, follow this marshmallow frosting recipe: 

  1. Put 4 egg whites, 1 cup of sugar, and ½ a teaspoon of cream of tartar in a heatproof bowl.
  2. Simmer some water and place your heatproof bowl on top. Make sure that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
  3. Stir the ingredients in the heatproof bowl with a beater for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Put the bowl into your mixer and gradually put it on high.
  5. Beat for around 6 to 7 minutes.

Extend the Life of Brown Sugar

When stored for a long time, brown sugar can harden and turn into a bunch of rocks. This is because it loses its moisture, so you will need to find something to replenish it.

To extend the life of brown sugar and keep it soft during long-term storage, place marshmallows on top and close it in an airtight container. The marshmallow will give moisture back to your sugar, allowing it to stay nice and soft. And no, your sugar won’t taste like marshmallows. 

Protect Cake

Fondant is known to be good to protect cakes. But, marshmallow fondant does the job beautifully and is much easier to make. And it tastes better than store-bought brands! The secret is using mini marshmallows. These give the fondant a delicious vanilla flavor. You can use marshmallow fondant just like regular fondant.

Many bakers like working with it due to its smooth and stretchy texture.
To make marshmallow fondant, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Water 

To make a beautiful marshmallow fondant in no time, follow this simple recipe:

  1. Add one big bag of marshmallows (around 1 pound) to a stainless steel bowl.
  2. Add a few tablespoons of water.
  3. Put the mix over a Bain Marie for 5 minutes. Your mixture should look nice and soft.
  4. Put it on the mixer on medium speed, using a flat whisk
  5. Dump a generous amount of powdered sugar into the mix to bring the dough together. The mixture should now look soft but start to firm up.
  6. Put some canola oil on your hands to get the sticky fondant out of the bowl.
  7. Scrape the marshmallow fondant out of the bowl.
  8. Kneed your fondant. If you feel like it’s still a little sticky, add in more powdered sugar.
  9. Wrap the marshmallow fondant nice and tight in cling film. Do not store it in the fridge. Keep it in your cupboard at room temperature.

Bait to Catch Fish

Did you know that you could use marshmallows as bait to catch fish? Using marshmallows as bait might seem strange, but it’s a proven method.  Put a small piece of marshmallow on your fishing rod, and you’ll get a bite in no time. Even fish love this indulgent snack!

If you don’t believe us, check out this video of a fisherman using marshmallows as bait to catch fish.

Recipes to Use Up Marshmallow (for fresh leftover marshmallows)

Halloween Marshmallow Pops

Jazz up the Holidays this year with these delicious Halloween marshmallow pops. Aren’t you bored of store-bought candy? These sweet treats are incredibly easy to make and will surely be a hit at your next Halloween party.

Here’s how to make Halloween marshmallow pops.

Summertime Flower Cupcakes

Summertime flower cupcakes are great because they look like a dessert you would buy at a bakery! Get creative and create these gorgeous summertime flower cupcakes with the kids. They’re super easy to make and lots of fun too! And they’re great for birthday parties!

Here’s how to make summertime flower cupcakes.

Homemade S’mores

One of the easiest recipes to use up marshmallows is that of the classic s’mores. All you need to make this lovely dish are four ingredients you might already have at home. Who needs cookies when you’ve got s’mores?
For your homemade s’mores recipe, you will need the following ingredients: 

  • 4 Digestive biscuits
  • Butter
  • 1 bar of dark chocolate
  • Marshmallows

To make delicious homemade s’mores, follow this simple recipe:

  1. Take 4 Digestive biscuits, put them in a sealable plastic bag, and crush them inside.
  2. Melt ¼ cup of butter.
  3. Mix ¼ melted butter and 1 cup of crushed biscuits in a bowl.
  4. Place the mixed biscuits and butter into a pan.
  5. Press it all to make a crust.
  6. Cut small pieces of a dark chocolate bar and place them on top of the crust. You can also use chocolate chips if you prefer.
  7. Neatly place your marshmallows on top of the dark chocolate.
  8. Preheat your oven to 160 degrees Celsius for 5 minutes.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes. Your little pie is ready! It is great paired with hot chocolate on a cold winter day.
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Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows

Name a better duo than chocolate and marshmallows – I’ll wait.  Instead of boring toasted marshmallows on a campfire, check out these chocolate-dipped marshmallows.    
For your chocolate-dipped marshmallow recipe, you will need the following ingredients: 

  • White chocolate
  • Large marshmallows
  • Sprinkles
  • Straws, sticks, or forks

To make chocolate-dipped marshmallows, follow this simple recipe: 

  1. Break your white chocolate into chunks and place the chunks in a glass jar
  2. Place the glass jar in the microwave and take it out when the chocolate has melted.
  3. Stick a straw, a stick, or a fork into a marshmallow.
  4. Dip your marshmallow into the melted chocolate.
  5. Dip your marshmallow into the sprinkles, or place the sprinkles on top with your fingers.
  6. Place your marshmallow into a glass and let it cool for 5 minutes.

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares

For your butterscotch peanut butter marshmallow recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Peanut butter
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Small, multi-colored marshmallows

To make gorgeous butterscotch peanut butter marshmallow squares, follow this simple recipe: 

  1. Add ¼ cup of unsalted butter, 1 cup of peanut butter, two cups of butterscotch chips, and ¼ teaspoon of salt to a stainless steel bowl.
  2. Mix and melt it slowly on low heat until it’s all melted.
  3. Add half a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  4. Let the mixture sit for at least 30 minutes until it cools.
  5. Place baking paper inside a square or rectangular pan.
  6. Once the mixture has cooled down, add 5 cups of multi-colored marshmallows and stir until every piece is coated.
  7. Add it to your pan and spread evenly.
  8. Put your pan in the fridge for 1 hour to let it harden.
  9. Finally, cut your dessert into square pieces, and voila!


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Have questions or suggestions? Leave them in the comments below. Until next time: Stay salty, and sweet 😉

1 thought on “Recipes (and Ideas) to Use Up That Old Bag of Marshmallows”

  1. Good day I want to make home made chocolates and I want to fill them up with marshmallow. Please help me with ideas please. Susan Le Grange


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