Toasted Marshmallows go hand in hand with campfires, fires on the beach or around the back yard fire pit, and sometimes over the gas flame on the stove in the kitchen. They are an age defying treat some like golden brown and others like charred black with a gooey white center. But be careful, I have heard of a rule that if your burning delight falls in the fire, you don’t get another one!
Ghost or scary stories come to mind when I think back about marshmallows. There was always that one camp counselor that could tell an animated tale that made the hair on the back of your neck stand up. We called that fun, but now I’m not quite sure why. Most of us knew there really wasn’t a boogeyman in the woods, but because of our age, there was always that niggling concern there might be. Laughing as a group and walking back to our tents with marshmallow strings stuck to our chins made the hairs lay back down.
I would guess the statistics are pretty high that people who rent cottages for a time during the summer have marshmallows on their list of food items to take with them, or they make a quick trip to the nearest grocery store to get them before the bonfire is lit. I’ve only been in a few RV camp registration offices that have essentials for sale, but those essentials include marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate bars. S’mores are not an optional item when camping; whatever your definition of camping might be.
If you don’t like your marshmallows toasted they are great in Ambrosia Salad, melting on the surface of a cup of hot chocolate, or as a swirl in chocolate ice cream. The fluff form is used in making fudge, and mixed with yogurt it makes a great fruit dipping sauce.
There’s a way to make any form of marshmallows even better. Enjoy them with friends or multiple generations.