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Roast Marshmallows on Fire

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Right at this moment, thousands of people around the world are warming themselves at a fire. They are sitting at beach bonfires, tossing pine cones onto a campfire in the woods, or shielding a little fire in their driveway from the wind. And every single one of these people would be happier if they were holding a marshmallow on a stick.

Roasting the perfect marshmallow isn’t easy. It’s tricky to keep the things from bursting into flames, but if you’re careful and exercise a little patience, you should have no problem. Here are a few simple steps that will give you a golden brown marshmallow.

The stick

One of the most important pieces of gear needed to roast a marshmallow is the stick. Sure you can buy fancy metal ones at Canadian Tire, but it’s hard to beat a good old-fashioned one that comes from the forest. If you’re getting one from the woods, cut the stick to about an arm’s length, then whittle the end into a pencil-sharp point before you stick the marshmallow on the end. If you prefer the metal, store-bought kind, remember that it will be really hot after sticking it into the fire, so be careful.

The fire

For roasting marshmallows you want a fire that has burned well, and is now only emitting heat from the coals. Full flames will light your little ball of sugary goodness on fire almost instantly, so wait until you have glowing hot embers that provide a perfect radiant heat in order to get a golden, crispy crust.

The technique

So you’re sitting a stick’s length from the fire and your marshmallow is six to eight inches above the glowing coals, not in the flame. At this point, you want it on a slow, steady, and constant rotation, just like a rotisserie chicken from Swiss Chalet.

Should your marshmallow catch on fire, slowly and gently take the stick out of the fire and blow the flame out gently. Don’t shake it, don’t scream and shake it, and don’t run around wildly with it. Flaming mallows are like little lava bombs that can cause second degree burns when they fly haphazardly off the stick—I’ve seen it twice in my lifetime!

For a perfect golden marshmallow, you need to be patient, roasting it slowly, carefully, and methodically. The more time it takes, the gooier and more delicious the centre will be. Depending on the fire, it’ll probably take about four minutes to make a perfect mallow.

The consumption

Now that your marshmallow is the golden hue all your friends and family have been striving for all night, it’s time to dive in!

You have a few options: Firstly, you can take it off and squish it between two cookies with some chocolate to make a delicious s’more; you can let it cool for a minute or two before stuffing the whole thing straight into your mouth; or, if you’re feeling confident about your ability to roast the perfect marshmallow again, you could peel off the golden skin, then roast the remainder, and repeat—delicious!

 

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Siru Wallin

Oct 31 at 00:20 am
On a date with a guy I fell in love with madly

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Teodora Corbu

Jun 02 at 01:10 am
so deliciousss !!

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May 04 at 13:51 pm
I did it with my best friends. We had so much fun.

Eleanor Fields

May 03 at 20:57 pm
When I went camping with my friends and family.

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May 03 at 08:27 am
Every time I go camping...

Wren Jackson

May 02 at 04:14 am
south coast holiday

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Apr 06 at 19:37 pm
Me and my friends where on a beach.

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Mar 31 at 02:57 am
I did it

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Mar 30 at 21:12 pm
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Tierra Nauman

Mar 16 at 02:56 am
many times before

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Mar 14 at 08:07 am
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Caitlin Breen

Mar 14 at 05:04 am
So good.

Naomi Ohayon

Mar 04 at 01:32 am
I have done this a bunch of times. Love sitting around a camp fire

Scott Bair

Feb 21 at 12:54 pm
Probably before 1980.

maya ceniccola

Feb 17 at 05:00 am
it was very fun

Gizem Yılmaz

Jan 23 at 10:44 am
with lovely friends in France

Sarah White

Jan 22 at 02:58 am
so yummy!! made smores

Kat Stewart

Jan 05 at 00:10 am
my childhood

Jenn Boulin

Jan 04 at 02:34 am
not as successful as I had hoped. it was pretty messy, but also delicious.

Nahdi Easter

Jan 02 at 04:29 am
My siblings and I were at my grandmother's house. she bought a fire pit for out side. got a projector set up so we could watch movies outside while we ate smores.

Vroni Bitzi

Dec 30 at 22:24 pm
lot of times

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Dec 30 at 21:44 pm
celebrating birthday of father-in-law with family-in-law

Alina Masotti

Dec 30 at 16:47 pm
So good.