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7 Surprising Ways to Use Marshmallows That Go Way Beyond S’mores

Marshmallows sure are tasty, but check out these creative uses that don't just involve eating.

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Keep brown sugar soft

Ever notice how brown sugar seems to harden overnight once you’ve opened the bag? Next time you open a bag of brown sugar, add a few marshmallows to the bag before closing it. The marshmallows will add enough moisture to keep the sugar soft for weeks. Consider these other food storage tricks to make food last longer.

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As a throat lozenge

Sore throats can be extremely uncomfortable. Sometimes all you want to do is suck on a hard candy, but even that doesn’t always feel soothing. Marshmallows on the other hand are very soft and mild. The gelatin that binds the marshmallow together can be very helpful when it comes to soothing your throat irritation. The next time you have a sore throat, make sure you chew up the marshmallow well before swallowing.

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Stop ice-cream drips

Here’s an easy way to keep a leaky ice-cream cone from staining your clothes. Just place a large marshmallow in the bottom of the cone before you add the ice cream. Here are more hacks to handle messy foods.

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Pedicure assistance

When giving yourself a pedicure at home, it’s always good to do it like the experts and separate your toes; it ensures that you don’t smudge any of the polish. If you find that you don’t have any cotton balls, marshmallows are a great fix. Putting them between your toes will help make adding the polish so much easier. Make sure you don’t eat the marshmallows after, even if you are squeaky clean! There are many toxic chemicals found in nail polish ingredients.

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Edible glue

Whether you’re a professional pastry chef or you just like to experiment in the kitchen making fancy desserts, marshmallows are a great edible glue when it comes to sticking cake pieces together. The gelatin and sugar content in marshmallows form a cohesive bond with other sweet treats. Simply melt your marshmallows by microwaving them and then using the substance as needed with your baking.

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Impromptu cupcake frosting

You’re already mixing the batter for the cupcakes when you realize you’re out of frosting. No problem, if you happen to have some marshmallows on hand. Just pop a marshmallow on top of each cupcake about a minute or so before they come out of the oven. It makes a delicious, instant, gooey frosting.

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Candle holders

Lighting candles for a special occasion on a cake is always a nice touch, but not when the candles drip wax all over the frosting. Marshmallows are a great decoration to prevent candle wax from trickling down the cake. Simply place the candles in marshmallows before lighting. You can even use colored marshmallows to create a fun and festive look!

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