How to Dissolve a Marshmallow

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Marshmallows can also be melted in cups of hot chocolate.
Marshmallows can also be melted in cups of hot chocolate. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Marshmallows are among the first confections created by humans. These soft, puffed treats have their origins in an ancient recipe combining the roots of the marshmallow plant with water and sugar. Modern marshmallows are made from a range of simple ingredients, but most typically include corn syrup, water and gelatin. Dissolving a marshmallow is a matter of applying heat to the confection. Once melted, it can be used in a variety of other recipes from frosting to puffed rice treats.

Things You'll Need

  • Marshmallow
  • Butter, milk or water
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Stove top

Place a small saucepan on a burner. Set the burner to low-medium heat.

Place milk, butter or water into the sauce pan. The amount used depends on how many marshmallows you want to melt. For just one marshmallow, try one tablespoon. Which one of these you use also depends on what you are making with the marshmallow. For example, water is used for frosting, and milk and butter for puffed rice treats.

Place the marshmallow in the saucepan.

Stir the marshmallow and water, milk or butter with spoon. As the ingredients warm, you will see the marshmallow beginning to dissolve and turn liquid.

Keep stirring the marshmallow until fully dissolved.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add more marshmallows, and melt them to use in a dessert recipe.

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