Did you know that August 30 is National Roasted Marshmallow Day? Of course, there’s no reason to wait till then to prepare these delicious morsels. In fact, a marshmallow roast is the perfect accompaniment to almost any backyard activity. And now that you’ve installed artificial grass, your back yard is all the more enticing, so we know you’ll be spending plenty of time outdoors.
Your yard is ready for BBQ season, yes? If not, let’s get busy. You don’t want to waste another minute of this sure-to-be-lovely summer. The games, the fun, the parties, the just hanging out with family and neighbors.
Tools for a sweet roasting experience
You can use a fire pit, a charcoal grill, a gas grill – all are perfect for roasting marshmallows as well as grilling. In fact, roasting marshmallows is the environmentally responsible thing to do if you have hot left-over coals, so they don’t just go to waste! By doing your part for Mother Nature, you get the ultimate reward: a sweet, gooey, and oh-so-delicious treat.
Left-over coals are ideal for roasting marshmallows because they aren’t too hot and the heat is evenly dispersed. Flaming hot coals will cremate your treats instead of toasting them to perfection.
Prepare a go-to-bag of supplies – bags of marshmallows, roasting sticks, chocolate bars, graham crackers, and plenty of wet wipes – and you’ll always be ready to roast on a moment’s notice.
Tips for a safe roasting experience
Roasting marshmallows has been a tradition for generations, and it’s still beloved by folks of all ages. But this activity does require an open flame, so safety is always important. Especially when kids are around.
Whether you’re using your BBQ to grill food or roast marshmallows, there are simple steps you can take to ensure people and pets stay safe. Following these rules will help protect your artificial turf, too:
- Keep your set-up at least 15 feet from buildings or other flammable objects.
- Use roasting sticks that are at least 30 inches long.
- Use roasting sticks with a wooden handle to protect your hands. (Skip the coat hangers, they’re too short and they conduct heat.)
- Be careful removing your treats, because the hot marshmallow can burn just as much as the hot tip of the stick.
Getting the full roasted marshmallow experience
These goodies are so yummy, you can simply eat them right off the stick (as soon as they’ve cooled a bit!). You can put them on ice cream. Or over cut up fruit in a bowl. Better yet, roast a fruit chunk along with your marshmallow to really get the full flavor. Smokey the Bear has some other great ideas about roasting marshmallows in the wild that you can use at home, too.
But we all know the Big Daddy of roasted marshmallow treats is the s’more. The graham crackers. And the sweet, oozy combination of chocolate and hot marshmallow. OMG! In case you’re that one-in-a-million person who has never created and eaten a s’more (is this even possible?), here are full instructions for making them on a grill.
When you put safety first, you can relax and have fun. But we know that sometimes accidents happen, despite your best efforts. If a spark or a hot coal or a hot marshmallow should land on your artificial turf, wipe it up and rinse it off right away. It won’t start a fire, but fake grass is made of plastic so it will melt.
Give us a call. We’ll send our Heavenly Greens pros out to repair your little melt-down, and all will be well with your artificial grass.