December 6, 2012

How to Use Marshmallows



In passing, I heard a television voice state that marshmallow companies depend, like many businesses, on the last two months of the year to build their profit margin.

Erewhon-Best-croppedI couldn’t find any information on the Internet to support this statement but I did wonder that it was the Christmas season that financially makes the marshmallow business, rather than the Easter season.

While exploring the question I discovered the many surprising uses for marshmallows. Of course there’s the traditional uses that everyone is familiar with:

  • S’mores
  • Rice Krispie Treats or Squares: Melt about 1/4 cup of butter or margarine in a saucepan. Add one package of regular-sized marshmallows (about 40 marshmallows) and stir until melted. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in 6 cups of Rice Krispies. Place the mixture in a greased pan and cool, then cut into squares.1
  • sweet potato topping
  • toasted-over-the-fire marshmallows
  • marshmallow topping hot chocolate
  • fluffernutters (if you don’t know what a fluffernutter is click on )

Below are some of the other uses for marshmallows:

  • Marshmallow Pie Improves on the Classic Mallomar
  • Marshmallow Animals
  • Bourbon Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Covered Beer Marshmallows
  • Toasted Marshmallow Milkshakes

and a book: Marshmallow Madness!: Dozens of Puffalicious Recipes



Once upon a time, the only desserts I made were pies, and then it occurred to me that a repressed desire for a thick, rich filling was subverting my more recent cake obsession. So I figured, might as well go with it and make a pie with a marshmallow filling.

For some reason, I saw it with a graham cracker bottom crust and a chocolate top crust. Well, clearly another repressed desire was breaking through. This was basically the idea of the Mallomar, that over-the-top cookie that Nabisco produces only during the cool part of the year because the chocolate coating would melt in hot weather.

The difference is that 1) this was a pie that I could slice into pieces of any size I liked, and 2) I could make it any time of year! A triumph over the limitations of eating guilty pleasures seasonally! You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry all the time….

Marshmallow Pie

Serves 8-12

For the crust:

10 graham crackers

2 teaspoons sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

2 to 3 grindings nutmeg

5 tablespoons butter, melted


1. Put the crackers, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a food processor and process until fine, about 20 seconds.

2. Pour in the melted butter and pulse about 10 times, until just amalgamated.

3. Pour the crumb mixture into a 9-inch pie pan and, pressing with your (more…)


Create a free website or blog at