Whether you’re a fan of lightly toasted or a burnt-to-a-crisp enthusiast, there’s an undeniable art to roasting marshmallows.
Equip Yourself Well
Roasting marshmallows starts with the right tools. Invest in long, sturdy roasting sticks made from non-toxic materials, designed for campfire cooking. The length of the stick allows you to sit a safe distance from the fire, reducing the risk of burns or overheating. Some skewers come with heat-resistant handles and rotating features for even roasting.
Choose Your Marshmallow Wisely
Size and freshness matter. Large, fresh marshmallows tend to roast better, giving you that soft, gooey center and crispy exterior. If you’re vegan or prefer organic products, there are also suitable marshmallows available on the market.
Perfect the Technique
Patience is key when roasting marshmallows. Resist the urge to thrust your marshmallow directly into the fire. Instead, hold it about a foot away from the coals, rotating it constantly. This slow roasting method helps heat the marshmallow all the way through, ensuring a gooey center.
Play with Flavours
Roasted marshmallows are delicious on their own, but why stop there? Classic s’mores made with graham crackers and a piece of chocolate are an undeniable favourite. However, consider experimenting with different chocolates (dark, milk, flavoured), cookies, or even adding in slices of fruit or different spreads like peanut butter or Nutella.
Never forget the importance of safety when roasting marshmallows. Make sure your fire is under control and not too large. Always supervise children during the roasting process. And most importantly, make sure you have water or a fire extinguisher nearby just in case the fire gets out of hand.
Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to roast a marshmallow. It’s all about the experience, the conversation around the fire, and, of course, the tasty reward at the end of your roasting stick. Enjoy!
Photo by EKATERINA BOLOVTSOVA