How do I Roast Marshmallows?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

Roasting marshmallows is great fun on camping trips, in front of the fireplace, or by a pit fire in the back yard. In order to get the most out of the marshmallow roasting, it is a good idea to master the basics of the task. Fortunately, the process to roast marshmallows is simple and easy to accomplish, making it possible to produce tasty marshmallows that are golden brown and just right for consumption.

Woman baking cookies
Woman baking cookies

In order to roast marshmallows properly, it is important to choose the right type of stick. If you are having a marshmallow roast at home, you can use meat skewers from the kitchen. These metal skewers are hygienic and generally long enough to allow you to hold the marshmallows over the open fire without burning yourself.

However, there is a lot to be said for making use of properly trimmed twigs as marshmallow roasting sticks. The twigs should be relatively straight and perfectly dry. Rinsing them with warm water will help to minimize the potential of germs. Twigs often work well if the plan is to roast marshmallows over an open fire at a campsite, since it is possible to secure twigs as long as needed to maintain a safe distance from the fire. Many people prefer the use of twigs over skewers because they believe the use of natural wood adds another layer of flavor to the roasted marshmallow.

Placement of the marshmallow on the stick is very important. Always make sure the marshmallow is punctured in the center rather than off to one side. This will minimize the opportunity for the marshmallow to melt and fall into the flames. There is also no need to puncture the marshmallow all the way through. As long as the marshmallow is secure on the end of the stick, the positioning will be fine.

While some people like to roast several marshmallows at a time, it is a good idea to only roast marshmallows at a rate of one per stick. This makes it easier to maintain the perfect distance from the flame and roast the body of the marshmallow evenly. Since it only takes thirty to forty seconds to roast marshmallows, this should not create any real hardship.

Obtaining the perfect golden brown hue requires holding the stick at the proper height and slowly rotating the stick so that each side of the marshmallow is exposed evenly to the heat of the flames. Gradually, the color will go from white to a golden brown. Once the proper color is achieved, pull the stick away from the fire and gently remove the roasted marshmallow. Set it aside and allow it to cool for at least twenty seconds before consumption.

Roasted marshmallows are a simple but fun treat. With very little cost involved, the activity provides a chance for people to talk and enjoy each other’s company while they roast marshmallows over the open fire.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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I like to put peanut butter on mine.


this is hard to do over a smooth top electric stove:-(


Yum! Those were the good 'ol days. I still love to roast them when I go camping, however it's been over eight years since I've done that! I may just have to call on my friends who have big back yards! This is a great season for sitting around a campfire!


sneaky trick - warning: this procedure is definitely *not* for children, but one can roast a marshmallow indoors, if you have a craving for one, that won't keep: Skewer the marshmallow safely, and hold over a lit kitchen range burner, at a safe distance from the heat. Safely mind it, and turn it till it is just right and not too well done or it may flame. yum!

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