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In Defense Of The Marshmallow

When Thanksgiving arrives, haters love to take high-falutent jabs at the gem of Americana that is the gooey marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole. Cloying yet irresistible, marshmallows deserve to be resurrected as the fluffy and flexible staple they are. Behold their many wonders.

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They Put the Charm in Lucky Charms

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There is no question. Childhood would be impoverished without the AM sugar high, after-school pick-me-up, or pre-bedtime nightcap perfection of fluorescent Lucky Charm happiness. Whether you swear by the marshmallows first, marshmallows last, or combo-bite strategy, no other cereal experience quite compares.

Relive the Saturday morning glory.

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They Help Us Probe the Human Mind

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So irresistible are the fluffy confections that scientists have been using this "pièce de résistance" in studies about willpower in the 1960s. Can't resist that cloud of goodness calling out your name for fifteen minutes? It's ok. Neither could 70% of 4-year-olds tested. We are all slaves to the marshmallow!

Marshmallows Demonstrate Boyle's Law

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400 Marshmallows Expand and Deflate in a Vacuum

They Transform Cocktails Into Dessert

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S'moretini Shooters

1/2 ounce marshmallow vodka (or vanilla, whipped cream or cake flavored vodka)

1/2 ounce Godiva chocolate liqueur

1/4 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur

3/4 ounce cream/half and half

chocolate syrup or hot fudge

graham cracker crumbs

vanilla frosting for glass rimming

mini marshmallows

Yes, please.

If not lunchable, then at least launchable!

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President Obama gets in on the launch action with Joey Hudy's "Extreme Marshmallow Cannon" at the White House Science Fair. This kid is clearly a genius. Tax dollars for Science Education FTW.

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