Roasting marshmallow is an excellent way to bring families and friends together on a chilly outdoor evening. Children and adults alike enjoy sitting around the campfire and toasting their own marshmallows. Whether it be for making s'mores or eating them alone, make sure you know these basic tips so you can safely and effectively roast a marshmallow.
- Choose the right type of roasting stick. The two main types of roasting sticks are store-bought metal skewers or sticks from trees. The metal skewers provide a more sanitary option, but the sticks offer a more rustic and authentic method. If you have a low immune system or are concerned about germs, then the metal skewers would be the best option. However, if you want a slight flavor to your marshmallows, then the tree sticks would be the way to go.
- Pick the right length of stick. The length of the roasting stick should be determined by the size of the roaster and the roaster's tolerance of fire. For small children or fire-shy people, a long stick or skewer is necessary. However, adults should be fine with a medium length stick that allows them to roast the marshmallow in proximity to the fire without feeling uncomfortable heat.
- Load the marshmallow. When the marshmallow is loaded onto the stick or skewer, it must be put far enough onto the roasting stick that it does not fall off into the fire once it gets hot. However, the marshmallow should not be pushed too far onto the roasting stick so that it is easy to remove.
- Cook the marshmallow. Individual preference determines how each marshmallow should be roasted. For a burnt or blackened result, stick the marshmallow directly into a flame or near the hot coals at the bottom of the fire. Once the marshmallow has caught on fire, remove it from the flames and blow it out using extreme caution to keep it away from your face or others around you. For a lightly browned result, briskly move the marshmallow over the flames, while periodically pulling it out to check its progress. Do not stick it directly into the fire if a browned result is desired.
- Remove the marshmallow. Once the marshmallow has been removed from the fire, allow it to cool for about 20-30 seconds. To effectively remove the marshmallow from the roasting stick, hold the marshmallow with one hand and slowly pull it off the end of the roasting stick, making sure to pull the inside of the marshmallow along with the toasted outside. If you are making s'mores with the marshmallow, an accomplice can remove the marshmallow for you by sandwiching it between two graham crackers and pulling it off the roasting stick.
With these five simple tips, you will have a safe and enjoyable experience roasting marshmallows around a fire!