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Roasting a Campfire Smore: This Is What Professionals Do

Last updated on August 16th, 2019

Before my husband met me, he thought Roasting a Campfire Smore on required you to roast the marshmallow above the flames until it lights on fire. Then blow it out and eat. When I saw this treatment, I was horrified. Why would anyone want to eat a marshmallow that has a burnt crunch like that I don’t know.

Then he started to watch me roast my marshmallow. Instead of lighting it on fire and running, I would select the right spot on the fire. I’d make sure spin and take my time. While he was finishing his campfire s’more my marshmallow would just be coming off the fire, dripping from the skewer. It wasn’t until he took a bite of it and saw how ooie and gooie it was, that he knew his strategy was utterly wrong.

Fresh fire pit

The perfect way to Roasting a Campfire Smore every time:

1. Start with the standard Marshmallow.

2. Build a fire any way you like. But do not start cooking until your fire has gotten a good layer of coals at the bottom. It is vital to getting a marshmallow roasted through the center. The fire at the top of the page is too early to cook. But the one below is perfect.

Coals perfect for the ultimate campfire smore.

3. While your fire is heating up, put together your s’mores. If you do things right, your marshmallow will need to be put on their graham cracker right away. I usually set them all up in a Tupperware container, so it’s easy to access.

4. Find the hottest part of the fire. This is usually where the coals are, but flames are not. Place your marshmallow about 6-8 inches away. The trick is to find the sweet spot. Not too close, you’ll burst into flames but not too far away, where its left in the cold. I like to get mine close enough that it starts to smoke, and then pull it back a few inches.

5. Your goal during this stage is to get it to enlarge to double the size. To get it evenly cooked, make sure to spin the marshmallow. Some like to turn continuously. I prefer to cook the four sides with about 15-30 seconds on each side before I rotate. Keep doing this until it had doubled in size.

Do not let the marshmallow turn colors yet. If it does, you have it too close to the heat. When that happens, you have a perfect looking marshmallow with a chewy inside causing your graham cracker to crumble.

6. Once your marshmallow has doubled in size, you are now ready to add some color to it. The color isn’t necessary, but it adds a layer of light crunch that I love. Coloring the marshmallow is done at the coals or the top of the fire.

Preparing your perfect campfire smore.

Other Tips

Just like the cooking process, you want each side to get perfectly colored, including the ends. If you are cooking at the coals, move the marshmallow closer to the heat until it starts getting golden, then turn it. Watch for smoke or have someone look for you. Then rotate the marshmallow to get the other side. The sometimes easier and less risky way to get the gold coat on your marshmallow is to put it at the top of the flames. You can watch it a little easier with less direct heat.

During the coloring stage, you are “Playing with Fire.” The golden color you are trying to achieve is one-step away from being a marshmallow flamethrower. Never take your eye off the marshmallow. That usually is when it burst into flames.

What Not To Do:

The Flaming Marshmallow

If the marshmallow catches fire, remain calm. I know how frustrating it can be and your immediate instinct is to act quickly. But don’t. It’s already lost. Slowly remove it from the fire and blow it out. Moving it fast can result in you launching the flaming marshmallow across the campsite. Nothing good can come from that.

The Droopy One

This is when you’ve cooked the marshmallow to the extreme. Every bit of it is dropping off your stick. When you see your marshmallow start to drip and get oblong, flip the poker over to give yourself a little more time to get your color. But you must act fast. Get immediate color or pull it out as soon as possible.

Extra Large Marshmallow

As tempting as it may be to get the extra-large marshmallows the store sells, thinking it will poof better, it won’t. It will take longer to cook, and it makes the chocolate to marshmallow ratio off on the s’more. If you cook it right, the marshmallow will enlarge to the light, fluffy size of a full one.

Multiples

Do not put more than one marshmallow on a stick. It is vital to even cook. I’m sure you’re asking why there are two prongs on the stick. That is more for holding a hotdog. It can also be used to help support the dropping marshmallow problem. If you cook it right, the marshmallow will start to cover the second prong.

Dressing Up Your Campfire Smore:

To me a standard S’more is perfect. But if you are looking for a fun twist, think about adding your favorite chocolate inspired candy bars to it. My personal favorite is a Dove Chocolate bar. Another way to change things up is using something other than a graham cracker. Try making it an Oreo Surprise or with a Chips Ahoy Cookie. The options are endless.

Roasting the Perfect Campfire Smore every time

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