Do you know how to melt marshmallows? You may have inadvertently done this over a campfire at some point in your life, but how do you do it deliberately? There are actually several ways you can use.
3 Ways How to Melt Marshmallows
Melting a marshmallow at random over a campfire might make for great laughs and memories, but you’re not going to usually have a campfire at home. Even if you set one up in your backyard, it’s not the most-efficient way to melt a marshmallow if you want that in your cooking.
Your better choices for how to melt marshmallows include:
- The grill
- Your microwave
- A stove top
How to Melt Marshmallows Using Your Grill
Want to melt marshmallows outside but without the campfire? Use your grill!
This method produces marshmallows that are a little melty in the middle while slightly toasted. Heat them carefully under your grill if you want them this way.
If you’d like to melt them down completely for using as a recipe ingredient, then grab a saucepan. Depending on your specific recipe, use water, milk, and butter along with the marshmallows.
If you want to your marshmallows slightly toasted and melty in the middle, your best bet is to carefully heat them under the grill or on a barbecue or bonfire. However, if you need the marshmallows to be melted for use in a recipe, then it’s best to do so very gently in a saucepan, ideally with other ingredients like butter, milk, or water, depending on your recipe.
If you toast or grill your marshmallows, they get very gooey. This will be especially true towards their center.
Heat your grill up to its highest setting. Use either a saucepan as already mentioned, or put them on a cookie sheet that you lined with some baking parchment. Keep them over the heat source until they start browning and melting.
Nuke ‘Em in your microwave
Your microwave is a way to melt marshmallows, but it still takes some work. Find a big bowl safe for the microwave, and put the marshmallows in it. Also add several tablespoons of water. Only cook them for 10 seconds at a time. You need to stir every time to make sure they melt evenly.
Use Your Stove
In your kitchen, your second of two choices is the stove. Get a bigger pan than you assume you might need. The reason for this is because marshmallows expand when warmed inside. Melt them as slowly as you can over a low setting of heat. Otherwise, you’ll create a sticky mess.
What Are Marshmallows?
You likely know all too well the taste and feel of these soft and airy sweets, but do you know what they’re actually made from? They’re mainly whisked-up egg whites stabilized using hot sugar syrup before being set using either gelatin or a vegetarian agent.
Recipes and Uses for Melted Marshmallows
If all you can think of is s’mores, that’s certainly okay, but melted marshmallows work great for:
- Cookie toppings
- Icing for loaf cake
- Cereal bars
There are many other ideas you can try out once you master melting them.
Which Way Is Best?
You might need to try all three to find out what works for you. Grilling outside can be weather-dependent, and the microwave method requires constant stopping and starting.
Whatever method you use, just keep in mind that melted marshmallows are very hot because there is so much sugar. Be careful no matter how you do it.