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How To Roast Marshmallows Without A Fire or Indoors

Do you need a campfire to roast marshmallows? The short answer is no, you don’t. Whether you reside in an apartment, encounter chilly weather, or are pressed for time, here are nine ways, both involving flames and flameless options, to roast marshmallows without relying on an outdoor fire.

Of course, if you’re looking to make S’mores without a firepit you could always make a S’mores Pie.

How To Roast Marshmallows Without A Fire Or Indoors

Remember to exercise caution when roasting marshmallows, as open flames or hot surfaces can pose risks. Always supervise children when marshmallow roasting methods over a firepit, BBQ or any indoor or outdoor heat source.

How To Roast Marshmallows Without A Fire

The elephant in the room is that headline. Do some Google research and you’ll find plenty of articles with headlines like the above; what these articles usually mean is “how to roast marshmallows without a campfire”.

If you are looking for a technique for “roasting” marshmallows without any fire at all, the closest you’ll get is either putting them in the microwave or placing them in an electric oven or toaster oven. There is no flame involved with either method and while the results won’t be as satisfying as that campfire-caramelized marshmallow, you might have fun with the results you do get.

Oven Roasted Marshmallows

You can use an electric oven, toaster oven, or any similar appliance with a heating element. It’s not advised to let the marshmallow actually touch the element. If you want to roast them in an oven or toaster oven, be sure to line your pan with parchment paper, which typically does not start to singe until about 400 degrees Fahrenheit or so. You don’t want the marshmallow to melt directly onto your pan.

  1. Set the oven to Broil
  2. Line pan with parchment paper and place the marshmallows on the pan with in between them.
  3. Bake for 2-4 minutes or until golden brown.

Air Fryer Roasted Marshmallows

Roasting marshmallows in an air fryer is another simple and effective way to achieve a gooey and toasted treat.

  1. Preheat air fryer to around 375°F and line the air fryer basket with aluminum foil and with spacing, place the marshmallows onto the foil.
  2. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the marshmallows are golden brown.

Roasting Marshmallows in the Microwave

Half the fun of this technique is to watch the marshmallows balloon and collapse before you eat them. You’ll obviously need a microwave-safe plate and cooking time should not exceed two minutes unless you enjoy cleaning up gooey, sticky messes in your microwave.

Cooking power for microwaves varies so it may be smart to experiment in 20-second increments to see how powerful your unit is.

If you really want to have fun doing this try microwaving a Jet-Puffed jumbo marshmallow but definitely use less time and monitor. They puff up fast and large!

Stovetop Roasted Marshmallows

Use a gas stove or electric stove with an open coil or open flame. Skewer the marshmallow on a long fork, metal skewer, or marshmallow roasting stick, and carefully hold it over the coil or open flame. Rotate the marshmallow to evenly roast it until it reaches your desired level of golden-brown goodness.

How To Roast Marshmallows

Roasting Marshmallows with a Kitchen Torch

Using a kitchen torch, also known as a culinary torch, is a great way to roast a marshmallow and actually tastes closer to a traditional campfire marshmallow. Simply stick a marshmallow at the end of a fork and brûlée the marshmallow until toasted. If you’re making s’mores, place the marshmallow on top of the graham cracker and chocolate and toast the marshmallow.

Portable Marshmallow Roaster

There are portable marshmallow roasters and electric s’mores makers that allow you to roast marshmallows indoors and outdoors safely. These table top fireplaces are lightweight and easy to transport with both flame and flameless options.

Roasting Marshmallows In A Fireplace

You can and likely should roast marshmallows in a gas or wood-burning fireplace if you want to enjoy that sticky goodness without a campfire.

Roasting Marshmallows with a duraflame log

You can roast marshmallows with duraflame logs that are specifically designed and tested for roasting foods such as duraflame OUTDOOR firelogs. According to duraflame these outdoor firelogs “are 100% bio-based and specifically designed and tested for roasting campfire foods like marshmallows & hot dogs. These logs have been tested by an independent lab and determined to be suitable for roasting marshmallow treats.” However, regular duraflame logs “are not designed nor intended for use as a cooking fuel” according to their website.

Outdoor Grill

Another fantastic DIY fire pit option is using a gas or charcoal grill. To roast marshmallows, all you need to do is thread the marshmallow onto a metal skewer or marshmallow roasting stick, and then position it over the grill. Gradually rotate the marshmallow to ensure even roasting until it reaches the perfect golden-brown hue you desire.

Bad Advice About Roasting Marshmallows Without A Fire

One blog tells you it’s fine to roast a marshmallow using a candle. It says, “Using candles to roast marshmallows is a great way to give everyone in the family their own personal space” to roast.

But what this writer doesn’t tell you is that using a candle to roast a marshmallow is also a great way to absorb certain toxins into your food. Unless your candle is pure soy or pure beeswax, you run a certain risk the folks at that particular blog didn’t warn you about. Scented candles and any candle NOT specifically labeled as non-toxic are likely to be problematic.

Another suggestion is to roast your marshmallows with a lighter. But unless you know the additives in the lighter fluid you are using, you could run the risk of ingesting things you never intended to consume., run by the U.S. National Library Of Medicine, says lighter fluid can contain the following toxic hydrocarbons:

  • Benzene
  • Butane
  • Hexamine
  • Lacolene
  • Naphtha
  • Propane

No, you won’t likely need to call the Poison Control Hotline if you eat a single marshmallow roasted with a lighter, but knowing the risks may change your mind about the lighter as a cooking tool.

Did You Know Most Marshmallows are Not Vegan?

They’re white, squishy, and fluffy so you’d naturally think there are no meat based ingredients in a marshmallow. However, you would be wrong. Most popular brands of marshmallows are not vegan since they contain gelatin, an animal protein. The popular brand Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows and most grocery chain white label brands would be included on this non-vegan marshmallow list.

Popular marshmallow vegan brands would include Trader Joes, Dandies, Yummallo and Funky Mello.

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