Marshmallow roasting sticks are essential campfire accessories!
There are many types of marshmallow roasting sticks. They will all do the job. If you get a sturdy one, you can use it for more than just roasting marshmallows.
I like to find a stick at the campground. If you do, too, here are some tips:
Good point. Especially in busy developed campgrounds, there may be no sticks.
Many public and private campgrounds even have rules prohibiting you from gathering sticks.
It's a good idea to bring your own marshmallow roasting sticks from home.
Perhaps there are suitable sticks in your own backyard!
Choose one that is about 30 inches/76 cm long.
Make sure that it is sturdy enough to do the job.
Sharpen the end.
Take a metal coat hanger and straighten it out.
This is what we used when I was a kid. It has its drawbacks, though.
I don't recommend this type! A plain old stick works better.
If you decide to buy your sticks, plain wood is the most economical option. You can buy a lovely set very cheaply.
If you are careful with these, they can last a long time.
Be careful not to leave them in the fire for too long - they will burn!
Look for sticks with a blunted end: sharp enough to pierce a hot dog or marshmallow, but not sharp enough to injure anyone.
Some sticks on the market come from well-managed, sustainable forests.
These have the same disadvantage as the wire coat hangers we used when I was young: the handles can get hot!
If you use this type, wear oven mitts.
This type is easier on the hands.
Some models have handles that are contoured and ridged, making them easy to grip.
Some have leather straps so that you can hang them out of the way when not in use.
The nicest ones have long, 18 inch/46 cm handles. These are great because you can grip the handle with two hands.
These are as small as 18 inches/46 cm long when packed. This solves the problem of how to store and transport a long stick.
Some models even store inside their own handles.
This is a stick with double tines. These hold your marshmallow or hot dog firmly, reducing the risk that it will drop into the fire.
There are a couple of options:
I'm not sure exactly why you would want one of these, though!
This device automatically tells you when your marshmallow is ready! (Or at least it's supposed to. Every review I could find said that it doesn't really work.)
This holds the stick for you so that you can sit back and relax while your marshmallow cooks.
You can buy a set of 8 marshmallow sticks with color coded handles so you can tell whose stick is whose. (But does it really matter whose is whose?)
Making roasted marshmallows is an essential part of a family camping trip! Click here to learn more about making roasted marshmallows.
If you decide to buy a marshmallow stick, look for one with a wooden handle and sturdy tines that will hold the marshmallow securely. Make sure that it is at least 30 inches/76 cm long.
Don't waste your money on any of the fancy gadgets. Holding the stick, turning it by hand, and deciding when the marshmallow is perfectly done are important parts of the experience!
If you don't agree, don't worry. There's bound to be someone around the campfire who loves roasting marshmallows and will be happy to cook yours for you!