Campfire marshmallows – pack more than you think!
Toasting campfire marshmallows is a camping staple, especially for kids! Toasting them around the fire is a lovely way to end a day of busy camping activities. Getting the perfectly toasted marshmallow can keep the whole family occupied for hours. Just remember to bring some vegetarian or halal marshmallows depending on the dietary requirements of those you’re camping with. With all these easy marshmallow desert ideas, you’ll quickly find yourself saying ‘just one more’- until the whole packet is finished!
Toasting around the campfire
Before you can start toasting your marshmallows, you’ll need to light a campfire! If you’re staying in a campsite with ready-prepared firepits then be sure to light your campfire in these, as they are the safest way to start a fire. If not, then try to make the campfire on bare ground, clear of any vegetation. Make sure it’s at least 10 feet away from any tents or bushes and try to make the fire within a large circle of stones. If there aren’t any stones nearby, then you can also use big pieces of greenwood, which you wet down regularly to prevent from setting alight. In its most basic form, lighting fires just involves setting fire to some tinder (matchstick sized or smaller twigs, shaved bark, cotton wool, newspaper, etc.) then adding bigger pieces of wood called kindling and finally adding large pieces of wood to fuel the fire. For a more detailed explanation of how to find the different kinds of wood you need for fire-making, as well as how to assemble a campfire, be sure to check out a general guide on How to light a campfire.
Even though toasting marshmallows is super fun, it’s also important to make sure everyone stays safe. If you’d like to learn more about how you can stay safe around the campfire, have a read of Campfire Safety – for a sensible guide for enjoying your campfire.
Whilst kids are toasting marshmallows, the sticks should be long enough to ensure that their hands are far away from the fire, and any rogue sparks. 30cm should be enough, but it does depend on the size of the fire. Also make sure that after all that sugar, kids don’t get too hyper and excitable close to the campfire!
Some marshmallow toasting tips
Although you may think that a large blazing campfire will be perfect for marshmallow toasting, if you want one that is perfectly done, then you should wait for the fire to burn down to hot glowing embers. This will ensure that your marshmallows don’t get burned to a crisp whilst remaining raw inside. Instead, when toasting them over embers, the marshmallow cooks inside as well as out.
You want to toast them around 6 inches over the embers, rotating constantly to make sure the marshmallows are evenly toasted. I prefer mine to be a golden-brown colour, but feel free to stop whenever yours reaches the desired level of crispiness!
An important note to remember. Marshmallows are super super super hot when they just come out of the fire. Get children to blow on them whilst counting to ten to remove that initial heat. Just cooked marshmallows can burn lips and tongues.
Finding a toasting stick
Kids will have so much fun running around, trying to find a perfect stick for marshmallow toasting. Especially if they have a penknife, they can strip off the bark and whittle it into the right shape. You could even look out for a pronged stick to make a double (or even triple!) pronged toasting stick. Just make sure they’re long enough, and that kids don’t cut down multiple branches from the same tree. You could also use skewers, just remember to buy the extra long ones to keep smaller people further away from the fire.
You can also buy reusable skewers which are great for sausages, toast or marshmallows.
An American classic, s’mores are the ultimate indulgent campfire treat. They are perfect for satisfying hungry kids, as well as adults with a sweet tooth.
You can make s’mores by sandwiching a a piece of chocolate, and a melty toasted marshmallow between two plain biscuits.
Or, to make them even simpler, just bring along a packet of chocolate digestives and sandwich the marshmallow between two of these.
Another variation on the classic camping s’more is to sandwich the marshmallow between your biscuit of choice. One of my favourites is sandwiching them between hobnobs or chocolate chip cookies.
But you can use any biscuits you have lying around. You could also split an oreo in half and put the marshmallow in the middle, with a piece of chocolate to make a s’moreo.
If you’re enjoying a hot chocolate around the campfire, you could improve the classic toppings of marshmallows and cream by adding a few toasted marshmallows instead. They’ll quickly melt into the hot chocolate, making it even more decadent and delicious!
You could also put a toasted marshmallow into a cut croissant and a piece of chocolate to make the best pain au chocolat that you’ve ever had. Yummmm
Baking with marshmallows
Although camping doesn’t seem like the place to embark on some baking, you can make marshmallow rice crispy treats for an easy and tasty treat.
Start by lining an 8×8 inch baking dish or aluminium tray with baking paper.
Then toast around 250g marshmallows over the fire.
Work quickly so that they all finish cooking at around the same time. To make this happen you could get a few people to toast the marshmallows at the same time and stack multiple marshmallows on one stick.
Then place the toasted marshmallows into a bowl with 4 tbsp coconut oil and 125g rice krispies.
As you probably won’t have any scales whilst camping, you can easily eyeball the amounts by checking how much there is in a whole packet. T
hen just mix this all together until the cereal is well coated by the marshmallow mixture. If it is too gooey, just add a bit more cereal.
Press the mixture into a baking dish, and add any chocolates or toppings you’d like, then leave to cool and set. Finally, cut the set marshmallow mixture into squares and enjoy. These are the perfect treat to make and then take with you on your camping adventures the next day.
I hope that you’ll be able to make the perfect toasted marshmallow, as well as try out some of the different marshmallow recipes to enjoy.
Here’s me signing out and thank you so much for reading.