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Campfires and roasted marshmallows are some of the perks of picnicking, camping trips, or just having fun in your own backyard around a campfire, on cold weather days.
However, if the weather outside is frightful, or you don’t have a campfire handy, can you roast marshmallows over a candle?
Yes, you can roast marshmallows even without a campfire: a candle, a lighter, stovetop, or even a microwave can help you make your s’mores.
Here are our tips and tricks for roasting your marshmallows without a campfire. We’ll let you know which methods are the best and which pitfalls to avoid.
Is it safe to roast marshmallows over a candle?
A candle can be perfect for roasting your candle when you don’t have access to a campfire. It may take a little longer, but it will get the job done.
Not all candles are created equal, though. For food-safe heat, you will want to look for a lead-free / PB-free label on your candle.
Also, paraffin wax candles can contain toxins, so you will want to use candles made out of more natural waxes.
Most beeswax and soy candles are non-toxic.
Make sure your candle is on a solid, fire-resistant base. You can use a metal kebab skewer to roast your marshmallow over the flame.
Can you roast marshmallows over a scented candle?
Scented candles are not the best choice for roasting candles. One reason is that many scented candles can contain toxic chemicals.
While roasting one marshmallow over this flame probably won’t harm you, it is not ideal. If you find naturally scented candles, these will be healthier. Just be aware that how your scented candles smell is how your marshmallows will taste.
Can you roast marshmallows over a lighter?
Yes, you can roast your marshmallow over a lighter. Some lighters can become hot if you keep the flame open long enough to roast your marshmallow. Usually, a flip-top lighter can give you a longer, more effective flame. Just be careful not to burn yourself in the process!
Can you roast marshmallows over an electric stove?
Electric stoves won’t be the most effective method for roasting marshmallows because there is no exposed flame. However, if it’s all you got, you can make it work.
If you are using an electric stove, it’s probably best to get out a pan as well.
Line it with foil (so marshmallow drips don’t stick to your pan) then go ahead and layer your graham cracker with a marshmallow and chocolate.
After you have made your s’more sandwich, you can heat one side and flip it. You won’t get the partially crunchy outside and soft inside of the roasted marshmallow from this process, but will still have a tasty melted treat.
You can also follow a similar process for making s’mores in the microwave. Just skip the tin foil and use a microwave-safe plate instead. Microwaves heat differently from a stovetop, so your crackers may soften when they are microwaved.
Those are a few ideas for roasting your marshmallow without the campfire. Whatever method you choose, use the proper protection and have fun!