Roasting marshmallows is easy and fun for kids, BUT did you know that adults love them too. Aside from being a lot of fun and a great treat, marshmallow roasting can be an opportunity to teach kids fire safety and survival skills, as well as enjoy quality time away from TVs and computers, and maybe sit around telling some ghost stories, too!
Otherwise known as toasting marshmallows, the basic idea is to heat up a marshmallow until it melts, and then enjoy it while it’s still warm. There’s an art to roasting the perfect marshmallow – do you know how it’s done?
Keep reading to find out how to get your marshmallows gooey and crispy without getting yourself burned.
Get your Fire Roaring – Roasting Marshmallows in an Open Fire
Marshmallows are basically made of sugar and gelatin. They’re not exactly the epitome of nutritional value, but they taste great, and a treat never hurt anyone especially active kids running around a campfire.
Open your packet of marshmallows, and get ready to enjoy this sweet summer treat.
- A long stick (barbecue skewers are perfect)
- A reasonably hot open flame
- Fix one marshmallow securely to your skewer or stick. Holding the very end of the stick, as far away as you can while still hanging on to it securely, and move the marshmallow into the flame. Now, this is the trick to the perfect roasted marshmallow: wait until the marshmallow catches fire, then remove it and let it burn out – the flame will run out of fuel when the outside of the marshmallow is completely caramelised.
- Don’t worry, it’s supposed to be black. The crisp outside will taste of burnt sugar, and the inside will be gooey and liquid. Wait a few seconds for the outside to cool enough to be touched, then pull it off and eat it before getting to the insides. If you use a barbecue skewer, you can eat it straight off it. If you’ve used a stick, you should try not to eat too much of the stick while you’re at it.
How to Roast the Ultimate Marshmallow
How to Roast Marshmallows in your Own Backyard
In my family, what we have is a fire pit – summer evenings are spent outside with a small fire and a bag of marshmallows, chatting and enjoying the clear skies and the beauty of an open fire. Fire pits are inexpensive and much easier to deal with in terms of building and keeping up a campfire, and they’re a safe way of having one in your own backyard, that you can enjoy on any night. I wouldn’t be nearly as happy without mine, and I guarantee you’ll love having one if you like fire even a little bit.
Roasting Marshmallows Indoors – Can you even Roast Marshmallows Indoors?
Yes, you can. If you have a gas jet on your stove, or a gas lighter, you can roast a marshmallow in your kitchen. It’s important in this case to use a gas flame, because they’re much more easily controlled and there are a lot more opportunities to accidentally set a fire indoors, but with a little caution, it’s not a problem.
Just use the gas flame the same way you would the campfire, and you’ll be fine. It would be better not to let young children attempt this, though, as the flames found indoors are also generally hotter.
Or just brown them in your favourite skillet over your propane stovetop in you RV, grab some graham crackers and start making s’mores for a sweet treat.
Fire Safety Tips for Marshmallow Roasting
Roasting Marshmallows is the perfect opportunity to teach kids to respect fire. Here are some things you should think about to make sure there aren’t any accidents while you’re having fun:
- Wear clothes made of natural fibres. They’re much more fire safe, so minor accidents won’t become major ones. Polyester and other synthetic fabrics are highly flammable and especially dangerous on kids around fire.
- Make sure to keep young children under close supervision when there’s an open flame or hot surface around. Little hands a curious and probably not ready to understand that fire is hot. Older kids could have the chance to gain a sense of responsibility if they’re tasked with breaking up firewood or keeping the fire stoked, and it’s a good life skill to have.
- Take the opportunity to teach your kids how to put out a fire properly – by letting it burn out and dousing it with sand. They’ll need to know this in future if they ever want to go camping themselves, so you’ll be handing down a valuable skill.