Marshmallows won’t melt!!

Rice Krispy treats are becoming a thing of the past in my house. Great value (Walmart brand) marshmallows have stopped being meltable (is that even a word??)
I’ve tried butter, margarine, non stick pan, old fashioned everything sticks to it pan, high medium and low heat – and every configuration in between and I can’t make the marshmallows melt!
5 cups of rice krispies added to the semi transparent glop becomes a squished sticky mess.
Anybody else notice this!!!??
Marshmallows are supposed to melt, not turn into plastic. HELP

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  • 1. Melinda  |  February 5th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I thought the marshmallows were old. I tried two packages of Ghetto Brand mallows (Walmart). What a waste — a stick of butter, 2 pkgs marshmallows and 6 cups of cocoa pebbles. GGGGRRRRR! Now what am I going to take to the Super Bowl party?

  • 2. Jennifer  |  March 4th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    No help here! I’m having the exact same problem right now! Got online to find some answers. At least I know I’m not alone and doing something wrong!

  • 3. My Thoughts Are...  |  March 11th, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I think it’s just the offbrand marshmallows causing the problem. I’ve been using Jet Puffed (mini and regular) and they melt like they’re supposed to!! Makes me wonder JUST WHAT Walmart is putting in their marshmallows that’s preventing them from melting!
    Hope this helps :)

  • 4. Phaedra  |  March 20th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I’ve tried using Jet Puffed(r) regular marshmallows on both the stove top and in the microwave and it failed on both. On the stove it turned into something resembling caramel and in the microwave they puffed up then turned to plastic.

  • 5. Kat  |  April 8th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I had the same problem with the walmart brand. I’ll try the jet puffed,

  • 6. marilyn  |  May 15th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I just had this problem as well, but the brand I used was from Shoppers Drug mart……….never again !!!!

  • 7. Meleah  |  July 23rd, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Ok, so I had three bags of store brand (Harris Teeter) marshmallows. One was older (best If used two moths ago) and the other two I had just bought. So, the new ones melted beautifully and the older one just turned into a goopy blob with a toffee crust (which actually tasted good – hehe!). I’m guessing it has something to do with the age of the marshmallows. ????

  • 8. MCS Gal  |  August 10th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Until about two years ago, marshmallows melted perfectly for me every time no matter how old they were and no matter which brand I was using. I’m wondering if the manufacturers changed their formula. Now I melt the butter over low heat, add the marshmallows and stir until it’s one big blob. I then stir/knead in the Rice Krispies. The Rice Krispie treats aren’t as pretty as they used to be but they still taste good.

  • 9. Gretchen  |  October 2nd, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Nope. Kraft Jet-Puffed marshmallows do not melt either!! Turns into a globby mess resembling glue.

  • 10. Diane  |  October 24th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I just now had that same problem, very frustrating. I was drinking bottled water and decided to add a little to the lumps of marshmallows. OMG it worked. Just a couple of splashes did the trick.

  • 11. Nicole  |  December 9th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I’ve tried 3 times to make marshmallow fudge is do exactly as it says and I used jiffy marshmallows that I bought just 2 days ago and it just won’t melt at all. I threw my hands up in the air in defeat please what did I do wrong???

  • 12. Eliza  |  February 10th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I am having this same problem. I had been melting marshmellows with no problems for years. Low heat, a little butter, a few minutes stirring, and perfect. Now they hold the shape and brown over heat but refuse to melt. I suspect the formula of several brands has been changed. I tried the adding a little water suggestion from Diane and it does help, thanks Diane. The results are still inferior to the old marshmellows though.

  • 13. Kathy  |  February 10th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I just tried the water trick and it worked. Not very happy about the quality of marshmallows these days…….

  • 14. cynthia  |  March 31st, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    i thought i was going insane… they just puffed up alot, started to brown but would never melt! i was like, wth?!!! and yes i looked at the bag and they were walmart brand. it makes you wonder what on earth they are putting in these things that they wont melt…. scarey

  • 15. Sid  |  April 6th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Unbelievable! Was going to make Rice Crispy Squares with my son and I can confirm they won’t melt for me either. Water just makes a lumpy mess. I suppose I’ll have to make the marshmallows from scratch. I

  • 16. Robyn  |  May 2nd, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Tried making rice crispie treats, same deal :( I thought the marshmallows were old but I guess they just suck now!!!! Uncool,! I’ve got a big glob of caramel mess, we added some water, hoping that helps but it’s not looking good.

  • 17. Bree  |  May 17th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Me too! I have been trying it with off-brand, with Jet Puffed, fresh, stale, big, mini, stove top, microwave, nothing is working the way it used to! I remember I used to be able to use old, stale, leftover marshmallows from camping and it would be harder, but not impossible, I could even make the stupid things over a campfire. Now even with the freshest marshmallows it’s a complete disaster every time!!!! I give up, I’m never buying marshmallows again and I guess my kids will not ever experience a proper rice krispie square, because no way am I buying those chemical-tasting store bought rice krispie “treats”.

  • 18. My Thoughts Are...  |  May 31st, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Do you think marshmallows aren’t melting properly is due to genetically modified corn (GMO) products being used? I’m beginning to think so….

  • 19. S  |  June 1st, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Has anyone figured out a solution to this?? I added milk to the marshmellows and it seemed to work, EXCEPT now the rice crispier aren’t crisp!!! So disappointed?

  • 20. S  |  June 1st, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Has anyone figured out a solution to this?? I added milk to the marshmellows and it seemed to work, EXCEPT now the rice crispier aren’t crisp!!! So disappointed!

  • 21. connie burt  |  June 3rd, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    yep I though it was me, but by the answers above its common, they must be plastic now! to bad Rice crispy bars are my favored!

  • 22. Joe Swedberg  |  June 6th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I have been having the same problem. Just happened to buy some Parade brand sold at Menards. They melted like marshmallows used to. Marshmallows from a lumberyard, go figure.

  • 23. Josie  |  June 27th, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Has anyone considered it to be the fault of the butter? I found that if I used butter which I purchased in the U.S. it would coat the marshmallows and they would not melt properly. ( However, I really like the butter for frying because it seems to have less water content.) Having said that, I must admit that I haven’t been able to pin point the problem with consistent results – other than dryness of the marshmallows and the butter I use. I totally agree – it can be very frustrating! It used to be a quick recipe to make that was enjoyed by everyone.

  • 24. Cindy  |  July 8th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    just tried making Cheerios and Peanut Butter bars with Walmart mini-marshmallows. . . . . microwaved the peanut butter and marshmallows like the directions said and it turned to a tough
    thick “plastic-like” glob. .. . .

    I, too, wonder what these things are really made of. . . .

    I’m now a grandmother, have been making treats for years and never had this happen ’til today. . . . it has been awhile since I made some. . . .wonder when they changed. . . .would like to find a brand that would work! Thanks for letting me know what happened to you all. . . . now I know I’m not crazy! :-)

  • 25. Kris  |  July 9th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    So glad I found this! I thought I was going crazy. Something is definitely going on. They’ had to change the formula. The water trick helped, but my treats still are just not right. Maybe it’s a ploy to get us to buy the premade marshmallow treats. 😉

  • 26. teya  |  July 15th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Ive made marshmallow krispie treats countless times in the past. Recently purchased the ingredients for them and during my study break today, i went to make them as per usual. low heat a bit of marg….no luck! I ended up with a glob of caramel!! I tried a fool proof microwave method….also no luck….just puffed up. what a waste of ingredients. i wish they went back to melting!! Im so frustrated right now! I used wal mart brand on the stove and jet puffed in the micro.

  • 27. sharon  |  August 10th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I have tried several brands the last few years and cannot melt them properly for my favorite torte recipe. The mallows are melted in a double boiler with milk and then folded with whipped cream. But now it just gets shiny, plastic and sometimes lumpy!

    They don’t toast nicely, either, S’mores are disappointing!

    I am making the torte tomorrow and will see if my local Menards carries the Parade brand! THANK YOU!

  • 28. Kathy  |  September 9th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Unbelievable! Like everyone, I’m so glad to find this thread. As someone who very rarely makes anything, I assumed I had messed up. The genetically altered corn is a very interesting guess . Oy. You saved me from more time money and frustration, thank you .

  • 29. Ann  |  October 4th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    After another failed attempt at cheerio treats-like rice krispie treats, I searched on line and found a site that recommended adding 2 tbs corn syrup and more if that isn’t enough. Works for bloggers at this site
    I haven’t tried yet.

  • 30. Matt and Sara  |  October 20th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    My wife had the same problem-assuming it was “old” mallows. Being the internet junky I am, I googled it and found this thread. We tossed the first batch of mallow that turned into a light brown blob and tried again. She tried the water trick, slowly they did start to melt down. She stepped away for second, I decided to go all out and dumped about a 1/4 bottle of water in and stirred. Presto! when she came back she was surprised to see a smooth and milky texture of liquid mallow. These were walmart GV mallows. Not sure what changed, but water seemed to do the trick!

  • 31. Debbie  |  October 23rd, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Okay, so the same thing happened to me. No Name store brand and I thought that was the reason. Guess we’ll never have rice krispie treats again unless I make my own marshmallows cause I agree, the store bought ones taste like crap. What can we do about it? Any ideas? PS – Does anybody have a recipe for home made marshmallows?

  • 32. Jim  |  November 27th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    It maybe the moisture… See this link.,d.cWc

    From online…. It may be a moisture problem…. “Well there are two fixes, depending on what you are making: The first thing I’d try is White Corn Syrup. In fact if you look at the back of many marshmallow brands the first ingredient is corn syrup.

    Here is the tricky part though. I can’t tell you an exact amount to add because it is a visual thing and I’m sure every bag of marshmallows is different. I think if you start cooking your marshmallows and are beginning to think to yourself, “These should have melted by now” I’d suggest starting with two tablespoons of corn syrup. Stir it in good, and then add more if you need to, which you probably will.

    The second thing I found that worked on things involving chocolate like the S’mores was a combination of corn syrup, and….heavy whipping cream. If you do the corn syrup, but then the blob shows up again after the chocolate is melted in, just do like you did with the corn syrup. Add a little bit of the heavy whipping cream at a time, stir it in, see what you got, then repeat if necessary!

    Hope that helps!!!”

  • 33. michelle walsh  |  December 1st, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Yes here is the solution…start adding some corn syrup (white) maybe start w a tablespoon for say a batch of rice krispie squares :) worked for me

  • 34. Patrisha  |  December 2nd, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    . . .c’mon. . .we used to be able to melt any kind of marshmallow, with any kind of butter, any way you wanted to melt them. Krispie treats are a thing of the past. . .I have thrown away my last three tries, they turned to plastic and gorilla glue!!

  • 35. Heather  |  December 5th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    My mom makes them weekly for the church kids with no problem; she uses a gas stove and lives in MI. I live in FL and use electric. My marshmallows won’t melt. I tried the corn syrup but had to use 4TBS before I could get them to melt. Not great but they’re ok. I used Jet marshmallows. Aldi’s brand wouldn’t melt no matter what I did…I even tried to microwave them and the glob became one giant puff. I tossed that batch.

  • 36. Mars  |  December 11th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Marshmallow Conspiracy! Maybe Kellogg’s are colluding with marshmallow manufacturers: tampering with the marshmallows melting properties and thereby forcing the home made Rice Krispies treat-loving consumer to buy their processed, packaged bars. Yeah, farfetched, but really, what’s going on here? I live in Canada and encountered the problem tonight for the first time. At first I blamed my year-old marshmallows but realized I’d used used older, staler ones in the past with no trouble. We don’t get Jiffy brand marshmallows in Canada anymore, but whatever’s happening to the marshmallow formula, it’s affecting brands on both sides of the continent. Unbelievable. If I choose to make them again, I’ll try the water tip – thanks :)

  • 37. Kat  |  January 21st, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I am melting some right now. It has been over an hour. A chicken I put in the oven before I started melting the marshmallows is done. The marshmallows are almost there? They were old, but it has never been a problem before. I added corn syrup, and then tried water. It seems to be working, at this point I am thinking stand mixer and just make my own. Do I really need to feed my family tetrasodium pyrophosphate?

  • 38. carlthomas  |  January 23rd, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I thought it was just me…

  • 39. Kitchen Candy  |  April 13th, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I’m so glad it’s not just me who has the problem with marshmallows not melting. I was making a Mississippi Mud cake and it calls for a 10.5 ounce bag to be spread over a hot cake and then placed back in the oven for 10 minutes. They browned but never melted. A LOT of $ in ingredients and a LOT of time wasted. The idea of stirring in corn syrup makes a lot of sense. I may just use marshmallow creme next time or skip the marshmallows entirely.

  • 40. Momma Maia  |  July 1st, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I was craving Rice Krispie squares like crazy so grab my old marshmallows and started to cook. The jet puff brand melted perfectly but when I added the walmart brand they just got soft. I ended up chopping them into little pieces and added honey to the mixture to ensure there was enough gooey mush for the cereal. It actually worked really well but I’m still so confused about why the marshmallows didn’t melt. They were probably the same age. Only difference between the two were the brands (even ingredients were listed the same).

  • 41. Dan  |  October 15th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    We tried roasting Jet Puffed marshmallows over a campfire this past August, and they would not brown or melt even on the campfire. Marshmallows you can’t roast or use in recipes are worthless. Our foods are becoming science-experiment chemical mixtures that are not fit for consumption. If fire won’t burn it you can bet your body can’t burn the calories either.

  • 42. Sammi  |  October 20th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    We’ve always made krispie squares with whatever we had, but today was our first ever gloppy mess… and, it was several different partial bags of different brands, to use them up. Tried to mic some of the really big mallows, got them puffed, dropped them back in the pan to beat the heck out of them with a spoon, added corn syrup, more butter and a tiny bit of water, gave them a long time and LOTS of elbow grease taking turns beating them very vigorously to get them syrupy, but they did finally turn out. We added corn syrup in 3-4 good ‘squirts’ from the bottle, about 1/4 cup each, probably about 1/2- 3/4 cup all together. We mixed in the krispy rice right in the large, HOT pan. It did take more effort to mix them this time than they ever have before. They seem to taste ok, we didn’t get any ‘toasting’ of the mallows, but the pan was heavy and also non-stick. It remains to be seen how the texture of the bars are once cooled, because I don’t know what adding the additional corn syrup and butter will do to them. Since the goo took so long to melt, I do hope they don’t get too hard.

  • 43. Kansas Grandma  |  October 30th, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Phew am I ever glad to hear that I haven’t completely lost my touch! Like most of you I’ve been making these rice krispee treats for years. Last night I discovered that I was out of the cereal, so grabbed some Life cereal, dry oats and unsweetened coconut flakes and waited not-so-patiently for the glob of marshmallows to melt. I used one bag of Jet Puff regular and half bag of Jet Puff minis. What I ended up with after over 30 minutes was a brown caramel mess, but needing something for treat day at work I did what I could to mix it in with my dry ingredients. It had reached the point qualifying for the hard candy stage and I would have been better off to just pour it, well more like slop it in the buttered pan and call it candy. I barely managed to cut the stuff in to squares (sort of) and feel like I should put up a sign, “warning, this stuff is HARD!”

    I agree with the speculations about the formula changing and also wonder how much can be blamed on genetic modification. If the new packages still have that recipe on them have any of you contacted the manufacturer? Just wondering if they have any suggestions.

  • 44. Sunshine  |  November 23rd, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Damn Walmart marshmallows! They just browned in the pan. It’s scary to think what is in these that they won’t melt. They’re marshmallows!

  • 45. Sam  |  January 18th, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    I make hot chocolate and add marshmallows for sweetness. I used Western Family marshmallows and they don’t melt in the hot chocolate. I cut them up and made the milk hotter with no results.before his I used Family Dollar marshmallows and they melted just fine.

  • 46. Carol  |  February 9th, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I just made a batch using Baker’s Corner mini marshmallows which is the house brand from Aldi (only $.89), along with their Milliville brand of crispy rice cereal. They melted just fine and I had no problem getting them to mix into the Krispies and they set up just fine.
    I posted here because I made a batch last week using Kraft Jet-puffed and experienced the same problem. They made a big gooey lump in the middle and wouldn’t spread. I had to put on plastic gloves and l really work in the Krispies, & didn’t get all those hair thin strands of melted marshmallow. They also set up much harder than usual.
    Based on what I’m reading, it does sound like many manufacturers have changed the recipe. It sounds like adding corn syrup would probably help. Good luck

  • 47. Leon  |  April 1st, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    I’d suggest trying the creme’ products if your recipe calls for melted marshmallows . I imagine the reason your mallows aren’t melting down or microwaving well is a combination of the starch content and the gelatin agents used to retain the products shape. (Of course this varies depending on who manufactured the product.) As someone previously stated adding water will break down the mallows, however use it sparingly.

  • 48. Chris  |  September 9th, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Instead of water or milk, try adding the clear corn syrup. The primary ingredient in marshmallows is corn syrup according to the ingredients. I was using a 10 oz bag of the Great Value (Wal-Mart) brand miniature marshmallows and had to add between 4 and 6 tablespoons. This works every time. My suggestion is once you notice that the marchmallows are not melting, begin adding in the syrup and stir . If the mixture doesn’t start melting fairly quickly, add a little more.

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