Can marshmallows be frozen

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “can marshmallows be frozen?” We will also discuss what is the shelf life of marshmallows and how it is appropriate to store them.

Can marshmallows be frozen?

Yes, marshmallows can be frozen. However, they will not freeze solid, what happens is that they temporarily lose some of their natural softness and fluffiness. Freezing marshmallows is useful to enlarge their shelf life.

Freezing marshmallows is not a hard task, you only need to follow some steps and you will preserve your goods for several months.

What are marshmallows?

Marshmallows are a popular type of candy that are characterized by their softness and fluffy texture. When the temperature lowers, marshmallows are added to hot chocolate, which will cause them to melt and give a sweet flavor.

Marshmallows are made of sugar, gelatin, whipped air, and corn syrup. I know that whipped air is not actually an ingredient but it is key to guaranteeing the fluffiness of these candies.

They are also a staple in campings because they can be toasted over a campfire, trust me when I say you could not taste something so simple yet so delicious! Have you ever tried toasted marshmallows?

How are marshmallows made?

The ingredients that are used to make marshmallows are

  • Sugar.
  • Corn syrup.
  • Water.
  • Gelatin.

The process of making marshmallows exhibit different steps that will help get their characteristic texture, the steps needed to create this product are

  • First, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in a container appropriate for boiling. Use medium heat to do so. Corn syrup is responsible for adding sweetness and also giving its characteristic texture.
  • It is time to add the gelatin to the mixture, it will help the marshmallows to set up and also guarantee their chewiness. Whip the mixture to add some air and give them their fluffiness.
  • When gelatin is added, it is also the time to add any other flavorings or colorings if you want to. 
  • Now it is time to slice the product into tiny cylindrical portions.
  • All the tiny marshmallows will now be submitted to a dusting process; the ingredient used to do so is cornstarch. But why is it important to dust them? To prevent them from sticking together when stored.

How to freeze marshmallows?

Freezing marshmallows help you enjoy their taste for a longer period, we are talking about 3 to 4 months. Although frozen marshmallows might appear harder, once they have thawed they will recover their spongy texture. Also, their flavor is not altered. 

However, you need to follow several steps to get the best results in freezing marshmallows.

  • First, you need to divide the marshmallows into piles of six, when they are big in size. 
  • Each pile of marshmallows should be wrapped in aluminum foil. Be very cautious when doing so, exposure to air might alter the composition of the candy.
  • Once they have been wrapped, you need to place them inside an airtight container. This will prevent freezer burn.
  • It is recommended to label the date when you put the marshmallows in the freezer, this will help you keep track of time.
  • Do you remember that cornstarch is powdered to prevent marshmallows from sticking together? You can do something similar with some powdered sugar. Just dust them before wrapping them. 

When you want to eat them, you can let them thaw on the counter for 10 minutes to an hour. 

How long do marshmallows last?

Marshmallows can be stored in different places, like the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer. The shelf life will be affected depending on the place you have chosen to do so.

  • If you want to keep them in the pantry,  they can last for up to a month when unopened and only two weeks once you have opened the bag.
  • If stored in the refrigerator, the shelf life of marshmallows will be noticeably enlarged. They can last for up to 2 to 3 months.
  • If stored in the freezer, the shelf life of marshmallows can last for up to 12 months, or even longer!

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What is the proper storage for marshmallows?

If you plan to use your marshmallows within a short time, it is recommended to place your candies in the pantry or the fridge. If you want to preserve them for a longer period, the freezer is the best option.

Once you have opened the bag of marshmallows, the clock starts running and you need to clarify how long you want to preserve your candies. Marshmallows can be used in different ways, and you will always end up with a tasty treat. 


In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “can marshmallows be frozen?” We have also discussed other queries related to the subject at hand. 

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Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.