Dehydrating Marshmallows into “Lucky Charms” = Good Idea!

Dehydrating Marshmallows into Lucky Charms is possible!  I know, because I’ve done it – a lot!  It’s one of the easiest things to do if you have a dehydrator, and the results are sweet, crunchy sugary goodness!  There are lots of things you can do with them, like put them in your coffee or hot chocolate, or… you can go crazy and put them in your cereal, granola, or even bake them into cookies and cakes.  My personal favorite is to eat them as is.  They’re quite addicting and after successfully making my first batch – I ran out and bought every flavor of marshmallow I could find so I could make more.

All you need for Dehydrating Marshmallows into Lucky Charms is:

  • Marshmallows
  • Dehydrator
  • Container(s) for storage

As far as storage goes, I’ve used mason jars and even zip lock baggies, but you can put them into anything you have available.  Just keep in mind that they will last much longer if you are able to vacuum seal them (for years).  I have the FoodSaver and it’s attachments for Mason jars, both regular and wide mouth, so this is the method I use for long term storage.

I’d like to give you some great tips on Dehydrating Marshmallows into Lucky Charms to make it as easy as possible for you:

  1. You can certainly dehydrate the larger white or flavored marshmallows that come in all different shapes and sizes, but I recommend doing just one batch/bag of the minis to get the hang of it.
  2. The marshmallows will puff up while dehydrating, but they do not melt at the dehydrating temperature, and will come off the trays easily once cooled.
  3. It is recommended that you rotate your dehydrator trays to ensure they are finished dehydrating at the same time.
  4. If you decide to use the larger marshmallows, consider cutting them into smaller pieces as I did.  But… I must warn you – it’s a sticky mess cutting marshmallows.  The first few weren’t so bad, but as you continue to cut them your scissors will get sticky.  I ended up having to rinse my scissors off every 3-5 marshmallows which became a little annoying!
  5. If you choose to dehydrate the larger marshmallows and don’t cut them into smaller pieces, plan on running your dehydrator overnight – because it could take quite a bit longer.
  6. Yes, you CAN dehydrate Peeps!  But they’re going to take some time, so again, plan on running your dehydrator overnight.
  7. It can be difficult to tell if your marshmallows are done if you’re checking them while they’re in the dehydrator.  The trick with these is that you have to take a couple off the dehydrator, let them cool for a minute, and then you’ll know… they will be hard and crunchy, just like the “Lucky Charms” cereal marshmallows!

The steps to Dehydrating Marshmallows into Lucky Charms are easy…

  • Lay out the marshmallows on dehydrator trays – its okay for some to be touching, but do not pack tightly
  • Dehydrate at 125 degrees (if you don’t have temp setting, don’t worry – just throw them in and keep your eye on them!)
  • Time varies depending on dehydrator, climate, etc. approximate 6-12 hours
  • Take a couple out every few hours and let cool to determine when they’re ready.  They will be hard and crunchy just like the Lucky Charms cereal marshmallows
  • For long term storage, vacuum seal (will last years)
  • For short term storage, a baggie or any other container is just fine!

NOTE:  You cannot “over” dehydrate these… so if you don’t have a timer on your dehydrator, have no fear… you can leave them running over night and it won’t ruin them in any way! 

Now that you’ve MASTERED Dehydrating Marshmallows into Lucky Charms, you’re ready for more!  For other great dehydrating ideas, I recommend the website 21st Century Simple Living – this is where I go when I want to find or research dehydrating recipes, safety measures and times and temps… anything dehydrating!  Another great resource is The Ultimate Dehydrating Cookbook which has some wonderful recipes and helped me understand what can and CAN NOT be dehydrated (milk, eggs, cheese, fats, etc.). If you’re thinking about doing a lot of dehydrating I would definitely recommend this book to help get you started and learn the do’s and don’ts.

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