How to roast a marshmallow

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How to roast a marshmallow
Toasted marshmallows can be made at home. (Getty Thinkstock)

Whether you like lightly toasted marshmallows or raging flamers, here's the proper way to get the job done.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Charcoal lighters
  • Charcoal tablets
  • Large marshmallows
  • Barbecue utensils

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Obtain a clean, long-handled stick or barbecue fork suitable for spearing marshmallows. Extended clothes hangers work well too.

  2. 2

    Push one or two marshmallows onto the end of the stick or barbecue fork so the entire marshmallow is secured.

  3. 3

    Hold the marshmallow over the fire or coals, positioning it so the marshmallow is suspended 1 to 3 inches above the heat source.

  4. 4

    Rotate your utensil when the underside is a warm brown colour, so the uncooked side hovers above the fire.

  5. 5

    Continue to rotate the marshmallow until all sides are golden brown.

  6. 6

    Remove the marshmallow from the fire, keeping in mind that metal utensils can get pretty hot on the end nearest the fire - handle with care.

  7. 7

    Slide the golden brown goo gently off the utensil when it has cooled and you're able to comfortably touch it.

  8. 8

    Eat.

Tips and warnings

  • A low fire or hot coals provide the best conditions for roasting marshmallows.
  • If you like your marshmallow well-done, briefly stick it into the flame until it catches fire. Let it burn only a few seconds, until the outside is dark brown and crackled, then blow out the flame.
  • Do not let the barbecuing utensil sag into the fire or you may have ashes on your marshmallow.
  • Do not overcook the marshmallow or it may fall off the stick and into the fire.
  • If you use a stick to roast marshmallows, be sure it does not come from a poisonous plant such as oleander or deadly nightshade. If in doubt, don't use it.
  • Never use charcoal indoors or in an unventilated area.

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