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How to Soothe a Sore Throat with Marshmallows

Imagine waking up to a scratchy throat on a chilly day, making every swallow painful.

Sore throats are a common hassle, but an unexpected remedy lies in right in your pantry… Marshmallows!

Today I am sharing How to Soothe a Sore Throat with Marshmallows and trust me, it’s the wackiest thing to do the next time you’re sick.

sick girl holding throat

Picture this: it’s a cold, dreary day, and you wake up with that all-too-familiar scratchiness in your throat. The discomfort from a scratchy throat intensifies with every swallow, making even the simplest tasks like talking or eating a challenge.

Sore throats are a common nuisance, often caused by viral infections, allergies, or simply overuse of your vocal cords.

girl holding sore throat

While you may want to reach for pain relief such as over the counter meds, I have an easier (and tastier) solution for you…

Queue in marshmallows!

bowl of marshmallows

Yes, you read that right – those soft, fluffy confections that usually find their way into hot cocoa or campfire s’mores can actually provide soothing relief for your sore throat.

I’ve personally tried this myself and with my family and it really works. Sure, it won’t cure your sore throat completely but will get rid of the discomfort and pain FAST.

So, grab a bag of marshmallows and get ready to discover a sweet, soothing solution for your sore throat woes!

little girl holding sore throat

Reasons Why You Should Eat Marshmallows to Soothe A Sore Throat

  • Marshmallow are one of the most popular snacks so nearly everyone has some in their pantry
  • Marshmallows are very cost effective because they are so inexpensive
  • Marshmallows are much tastier than traditional medications
  • Kids are a huge fan of this sore throat remedy
  • Since marshmallows do not contain any medication you can eat them as often as you’d like. No risk of overdosing or need for using medications that may or may not work.
  • Forget cough drops, this also works on coughs and I’ve heard of doctors recommending this as a way to help stop a person from coughing all night.

Why Does Marshmallows Help with A Sore Throat?

Marshmallows can provide some relief for a sore throat due to their unique properties and ingredients. While they won’t cure the underlying cause of your sore throat, they can help alleviate the discomfort in the following ways:

Soothing Texture: Marshmallows have a soft and squishy texture that can feel comforting when swallowed, reducing the friction and irritation on your sore throat.

Gelatin: Marshmallows contain gelatin, which is derived from collagen and can help coat the throat’s lining. This coating provides a temporary protective barrier, reducing irritation and discomfort.

Sugar Content: The sugar in marshmallows can help increase saliva production, which can in turn help soothe the throat and prevent it from feeling too dry.

Warm Beverage Companion: Marshmallows are often used in hot beverages like tea or cocoa. The warmth of these drinks can provide additional relief by relaxing the throat muscles and promoting blood circulation in the area.

Psychological Comfort: Sometimes, the act of consuming something soothing and sweet like marshmallows can have a placebo effect, making you feel better, at least temporarily.

Now, keep in mind if you are watching your calories, you don’t want to overdo it on these.

You could also try the sugar-free marshmallows although they may not taste as good. 😉

Small round white marshmallows on blue background.

What You Will Need to Cure a Sore Throat with Marshmallows:

How to Soothe A Sore Throat with Marshmallows

Refrigerate a few marshmallows for a few hours.

Once cold eat the marshmallows. 3-4 at a time should do the trick and sooth that nasty sore throat.

colorful marshmallows on table

Some other items that include gelatin are Jell-O, Peeps, Gummy Worms, Frosted Cereals, and Skittles.

assorted gummy candies

Next time you have a sore throat give the marshmallows a try and then come back to let me know if it works for you!

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Indya | The Small Adventurer

Monday 8th of January 2024

Well, the title of this post sure pulled me in! Helping a sore throat with MARSHMALLOWS? As a huge sweet tooth, I couldn't believe such a thing could be true - but if you say so, I'm all for giving it a try! I'm also just intrigued to know what cold marshmallows (and the other candies you listed) taste like. I'm almost excited to get a sore throat now so I have an excuse to test this 😂


Friday 10th of November 2023

It works!!!!! 🙏🏼 Thank you

Samantha Floyd

Sunday 30th of April 2023

My mom said no because it is candy but I am pretty sure it would work


Friday 30th of December 2022

Marshmallow extract is supposed to be beneficial for inflamed lungs so it's not only the gelatin


Sunday 9th of September 2018

I did it and it's still hurts and still cant swallow


Monday 10th of September 2018

I am sorry to hear that! It's always happened to work for me but it could vary on the type of illness causing your sore throat. Hope you find relief soon.