How to Brown Marshmallows Indoors

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A perfectly brown, toasted marshmallow is crisp on the outside and gooey in the center. While toasted marshmallows are commonly associated with a campfire, it's actually difficult to achieve a brown marshmallow over a large flame without the marshmallows catching fire. Fortunately, there are several options for toasting marshmallows indoors when you crave a snack such as s'mores but lack the time or ability to light a fire. Choose the option that is safest and most practical, especially when children are involved with the process.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Spatula or spoon
  • Toaster oven
  • Paraffin wax-free tea light candles
  • Gel fuel can
  • Place marshmallows on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Roast the marshmallows under the broiler with the rack set at least six inches below the heating element to prevent burning. Turn the marshmallows after the top turns brown, usually after only a minute. Turn them carefully with a spatula or spoon to avoid piercing the marshmallows or otherwise compromising the exterior marshmallow structure.

  • Place the marshmallows in your toaster oven for a few minutes, turning occasionally as the sides turn brown. The exact cooking time and turning procedure depends on the location of the heating element in your toaster oven. If you have a "broil" setting, for example, you can brown the marshmallows with the top heating element just as you would in an oven. Use a toaster oven tray sprayed with cooking spray or covered with parchment paper.

  • Place the marshmallow on the end of a kabob skewer; soak wooden skewers in water for about one hour beforehand so they don't catch fire. Turn a gas stove burner to low and toast the marshmallows several inches above the flame, just as you would over an open campfire flame. Turn the skewer frequently to ensure even browning without burning the marshmallow.

  • Light a paraffin wax-free tea light candle for each person who wishes to toast a marshmallow. Set the candle on a large plate to avoid damage if the candle spills. Push a skewer into the marshmallow and hold it about 6 inches above the candle flame, turning frequently, to brown the marshmallow. Without the paraffin wax, there's no black smoke that could discolor and marshmallow and leave an unpleasant taste.

  • Hold a skewered marshmallow above a can of fuel gel commonly used to keep food in chafing dishes hot. Turn the marshmallow frequently until it is evenly brown. Do not allow the marshmallow to come in direct contact with the flame and move it away from the flame immediately if it begins to slide off the skewer.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have a gas stove, for example, you could brown the marshmallow over an electric range, but you might need to hold the marshmallow closer to the burner than you would with a gas stove.
  • Candles and gas burners can be dangerous if used carelessly. Do not allow children to toast a marshmallow over a gas stove. Small candles are a better option for older children who can treat the candle responsibly, but an adult should be nearby to supervise the activity.
  • Do not use metal skewers. They heat up along with the marshmallow and can cause severe burns.

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