There's nothing quite like roasting your own marshmallows over an open flame. Sure, whittling a point on a stick fresh from a tree sounds like it could be fun, but it’s a whole lot easier—and possibly safer—to use a marshmallow roasting stick that’s made for the task. Whether the goal is gooey s’mores or just hot, melty marshmallows, there are plenty of useful and attractive sticks that can make marshmallow roasting the perfect experience, whether you’re in the backyard or at a camping site.
To help you find the best tools for your next campfire, we sent top-rated marshmallow roasting sticks to our experienced product tester. Each one was used to roast marshmallows, in addition to tougher ingredients like veggies and sausages. Then, the roasting sticks were all rated on design, ease of use, durability, and overall value.
Here, the best marshmallow roasting sticks for all of your tasty campfire treats.
Jolly Green Extendable Rotating Marshmallow Roasting Sticks
Easy to rotate
Included storage bag
Easy to clean
A little short
No need to twist and turn your stick for the proper roasting with Jolly Green's telescoping sticks, because they are designed to rotate easily for toasty marshmallows every time. They have two tines that are set wide enough to spear a marshmallow on each, for twice the fun.
Our tester noted that the U-shaped tines were sharp, but not dangerously so, and across five trials (including a hot dog, a quartered large onion, mushrooms, and marshmallows), the foods went on easily and stayed secure throughout roasting. She also reported that the sticks stayed firm across five trials with no bending at all, and the length was adequate to keep her far enough from the fire pit and avoid being overcome by smoke while cooking.
These attractive marshmallow roasting sticks are made from sturdy stainless steel, and they telescope to 34 inches for easy cooking. There are five sticks in this set, so there’s enough for the family or a small gathering. Our tester also appreciated the included canvas zipper bag for storage. She said that the Jolly Green Roast’em sticks cleaned up easily and retracted to a diminutive 10 inches when dry. She loaded them back in their storage bag and threw them in her barbecue toolbox for the next roast.
Price at time of publish: $33
Material: Stainless Steel | Length: 33.25 inches | Capacity: 4 marshmallows | Skewers in set: 5
"The sturdy construction, stay-cool touch, and rotating handle make roasting foods over open fire a breeze." — Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks
Compact tines for securing marshmallows
Handle stays cool
Easy to clean
A little short
When marshmallow roasting is an occasional treat rather than a regular event, these budget sticks will be the perfect companion. The set includes five sticks, and each has a colored ring between the handle and metal so everyone can pick a color they like.
Though the tines on these sticks are close together and thin, our tester reported that they handled roasting hot dogs, sliced red peppers, quartered onions, and marshmallows with nothing falling off the stick during cooking. She appreciated the proximity of the tines for toasting even, browned marshmallows horizontally. She did note there was quite a bit of bend during the roasting and that the stick was on the shorter side, even when fully telescoped to 32 inches.
Across all five trials, our tester noted that the handle remained cool and rotated easily for even cooking. She also liked that it was easy to adjust the size of the stick while toasting her marshmallows, helping control the level of browning.
These roasting sticks collapse to 12 inches, so they shrink to a compact size for easy storage. For larger families or use for parties and events, the Ajmyonsp sets also come in larger quantities. Our tester reported that the sticks cleaned up easily in hot, soapy water, even after multiple marshmallows. When it’s time to put the campfire supplies away, you can store them in the included canvas pouch for safekeeping.
Price at time of publish: $19
Material: Stainless Steel | Length: 32 inches | Capacity: 2 marshmallows | Skewers in set: 5
"The Ajmyonsp stick is a versatile choice for roasting hunks of veggies, as well as a hot dog all at once, because of its longer tines." — Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Aoocan Marshmallow Roasting Sticks
Stays cool during roasting
Handle a little narrow
The Aoocan Marshmallow Roasting Sticks were meant for a crowd. Everyone will be able to pick their favorite color and spot it easily, since these sticks have different-colored handles. They telescope to 45 inches for safe roasting at a distance from the fire, and they shrink down to under 12 inches for easy storage when all of the fun roasting is done. These roasting sticks have two wide-set prongs so two marshmallows can easily be roasted side-by-side over a campfire, or even over your favorite grill or fire pit at home.
Our tester put them through the trials, roasting two hot dogs at a time, then a deconstructed veggie kabob, and finally marshmallows. She reported that all food items were easy to load onto prongs and that the extra-long 45 inches allowed her to relax far from the fire pit while still keeping all food items in the middle of the flames for efficient cooking. She noted that the handles stayed cool to the touch and that only the very end of the sticks got hot while cooking, so retracting them between roasts was simple. The sturdy construction kept the sticks rigid across all trials, and they cleaned up easily in hot, soapy water when finished. She also appreciated the included canvas zipper bag for easy storage until the next fire.
Price at time of publish: $22
Material: Stainless Steel | Length: 45 inches | Capacity: 4 marshmallows | Skewers in set: 6
Firepit Stix Bamboo Roasting Sticks
Sharp tips for easy spearing
Tips catch fire
These bamboo sticks are a full 30 inches long, making them a great choice for use around a campfire or at home in front of a fire pit. When you don’t need quite that much length, these sticks are easy to snap or cut to a shorter length, if desired.
Our tester loved the heft of these sticks for keeping hot dogs, mushrooms, and marshmallows secure across five trials. She reported that the tips were plenty sharp to spear all food items and that the stick was extremely sturdy in all tests, even with constant rotation. She did note that the length was on the shorter side and that the tips caught flame during each test. She reported that this was okay for marshmallows, however, since they have a relatively short cooking time, but the vegetables and hot dogs were more difficult, as she had to sit closer to the fire for a longer period of time. She appreciated the easy clean-up as she just threw them in the fire when finished, and there were still plenty left for the next round.
This set includes 60 sticks, so there’s plenty for backyard barbecues, parties, events, and good family bonding time as you make s’mores. Not just for cooking, these sticks are also handy for crafts.
Price at time of publish: $17
Material: Bamboo | Length: 30 inches | Capacity: 6 marshmallows | Skewers in set: 60
Best for Kids
HigherHuman Safety S’Mores Roasting Sticks
Stay cool during roasting
A little short
If you’re worried that the kids will use their marshmallow sticks as light sabers or swords, the HigherHuman Safety S'Mores Roasting Sticks can eliminate accidental poking, scratching, and stabbing, since the prongs are reversed, leaving a rounded, rather than pointed, end that will still ensure that the marshmallows stay secure.
Our tester appreciated the reverse-prong design for reasons beyond the safety of children. She found that between roasts, they hung easily on nearby branches, keeping the marshmallow goo from getting the table sticky. She also noted that the sturdy construction of the stick kept everything secure during cooking and the handles remained cool. She did find using the HigherHuman Safety S’more sticks was not as versatile with other foods. The reverse prong design makes it difficult to load larger foods like sausages—she found that the middle stick prevented hot dogs from being speared. She also felt that the 28-inch maximum length was a little too short for keeping safely away from the open fire, but she did appreciate the easy cleanup in hot soapy water, and the included drawstring bag for convenient storage.
Each stick has two prongs, so multiple marshmallows can be roasted in each batch. Though the retailer listing reports these as 26 inches, our tester measured and found them to be 28 inches when fully telescoped. The set comes with four sticks.
Price at time of publish: $17
Material: Stainless steel | Length: 28 inches | Capacity: 4 marshmallows | Skewers in set: 4
"As a bonus, because of the reversed tines, it hung in a tree between toastings." — Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Firebuggz Marshmallow Roaster Sticks
A bit of a learning curve
Can cause wrist fatigue
Firebuggz's roasting sticks are about as far as you can get from a basic stick you'd find in the woods—they’re expertly engineered for fun. These sticks look like fishing rods and have a unique roasting system that can hold marshmallows on four different spears, with two on each side. A counterbalance system allows the marshmallows to be flipped to roast them more evenly, and it’s fun to do. They're a fixed length and don’t extend or collapse. While pricey, the set of four would make a great gift for any outdoor enthusiast or the perfect accessory to pull out at the lake or beach on summer nights.
Our tester loved the fun design of this set. She reported that although the tips were blunt, loading marshmallows, hot dogs, and vegetables was easy. The rack-style prongs held four marshmallows at a time across two tests and securely held two hot dogs at a time across three tests. She did note that the learning curve for the flip was steep, but once she mastered the wrist flick, foods were easily rotated multiple times. She did also report that wrist fatigue can be an issue for prolonged cooking sessions, since you have to hold the pole above the fire to allow the “line” to just graze it. She noted that the handle stayed cool throughout all five trials, but the “fishing line” got very hot, which made unloading difficult. The whole setup feels very durable, and she loved the little fish indicator that lets you know when you properly flip your food.
When finished roasting and toasting, our tester cleaned the fishing poles up in her kitchen sink with hot soapy water, and a scouring pad. She reported that the nooks and crannies of the rack were a little hard to get clean, but eventually everything was released. Though this is a bulky roasting stick, it comes with a canvas bag that hangs easily in the garage next to beach equipment or on the patio beside the grilling station.
Price at time of publish: $120
Material: Stainless steel | Length: 34 inches | Capacity: 4 marshmallows, 2 hot dogs | Skewers in set: 4
"The flick of the wrist produced toasty golden marshmallows every time." — Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Best for Camping
Fred TOASTY Marshmallow Roasting Skewers
Stick gets very hot
The Fred company is known for its fun, quirky designs that are also quite useful, like these cute marshmallow roasting skewers. They extend to 32 inches while toasting, and shrink down to 12 inches for compact storage in a backpack while camping, or for simple storage in a drawer when home.
Our tester reported that these sticks came with tip covers and blunt ends for maximum safety, and though the ends were not sharp, foods pierced easily for loading onto the sticks. She appreciated the kitschy marshmallows, which made for a large grip that was easy to rotate, but noted that the entire stick beyond the handle got hot during roasting. She tested the Fred TOASTY sticks with mushrooms, a hot dog, hunks of red pepper, and two rounds of marshmallows. Each cook, the stick itself bent quite a bit but regained its shape once cooled. Our tester liked the long, narrow tines for roasting marshmallows evenly but noted that the narrow separation makes it much easier to toast foods horizontally for even cooking. She felt that the length of the stick was a little short for denser foods like the hot dogs she cooked—she had to move closer to the fire to get the hot dogs in the flames.
The cute handle on the sticks looks like stacked marshmallows, and the comfortable hand-hold stays cool while the marshmallows are getting brown—or burned, as some folks prefer. The sticks have a forked end that holds the marshmallows securely, without turning and twisting. When the fun is over, these are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. Our tester noted that the sticks washed without marring in the dishwasher pre-toasting, but the gooey marshmallow coating post-cook required a soak in hot, soapy water, and a firm scrub.
Price at time of publish: $24
Material: Stainless steel | Length: 32 inches | Capacity: 4 marshmallows | Skewers in set: 4
"This design produced a golden brown marshmallow I was proud to sandwich into my s'more." — Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
bbqstyle Marshmallow Roasting Sticks
Stay cool during roasting
Made out of 18/8 304 premium stainless steel, these sticks are built to last, and they hold way more than just fluffy marshmallows. Plus, they are some of the longest roasting sticks we've found.
After five trials, our tester reported that the BBQstyle sticks stayed rigid, even while roasting heavier items like quartered onions. She appreciated that everything stayed secure on the sticks throughout each test, even with heavier foods. For marshmallows, the sticks stayed firm throughout toasting across three trials, even at the maximum load and length. Our tester loved the durable construction of this set, and the comfortable, rubberized handles. She noted that the wide tines accommodate multiple food items but that they are a shade short, limiting how much you can load.
When making s’mores and other tasty treats in a campfire, it’s best to keep a safe distance from the fire, but sometimes the best roasting isn’t at the edge. These marshmallow roasting sticks extend to a whopping 45 inches, so campers can easily keep a distance from the flames, and the handles are designed to be comfortable to hold while they stay cool during roasting. Our tester performed five trials, including a round of hotdogs, a round of veggies, and a few rounds of marshmallows, and she found the extra-long length extremely advantageous. She appreciated being far away from the fire while telescoping the food to the epicenter of the heat for effective cooking. She noted that the handles remained cool and that the sticks rotated easily in the comfortable grip.
This set includes eight marshmallow roasting sticks along with a handy storage pouch to keep them neatly contained when they’re not in use. The sticks have rubber handles in two different bright colors that add to the fun. Our tester reported that they cleaned up easily, even after five hours of testing, in a basin of hot soapy water.
Price at time of publish: $17
Material: Stainless steel | Length: 45 inches | Capacity: 4 marshmallows, 2 hot dogs | Skewers in set: 8
If your main goal is to get outside and roast some marshmallows over the campfire or fire pit, the Green Jolly Extendable Rotating Marshmallow Roasting Sticks check all the boxes for what you need. If your target audience is children looking to make s'mores, we recommend the HigherHuman Safety S’Mores Roasting Sticks.
How We Tested
Each of our selected marshmallow roasting sticks was tested over a campfire by our product tester for the most authentic results. We paid close attention to the design of the sticks, including the coolness of the handle and the distance from the end of the stick to the flame. The sticks were used to test not only marshmallows, but also roasted vegetables and sausages. We made careful note of how easy to use the sticks were—if food items stayed on the stick and could be rotated or adjusted without difficulties. Each roasting stick was given a rating for design, ease of use, durability, and overall value.
What to Look for When Buying Marshmallow Roasting Sticks
Look for roasting sticks that have sturdy tines and wooden handles and are made from stainless steel if you want something that's going to be sturdy. Those tend to hold up the best and not only will keep the marshmallow firmly in place while roasting, but will also enable you to remove it with ease once it's ready. Some of them have stay-cool handles, which might be a nice feature if you have small children and want to keep the process as safe as possible.
You might consider the importance of storage when these items are not in use. Do they fit in a drawer at home for use in a backyard firepit, or are they too long? Do they retract, or are they otherwise adjustable in size? Do they have some kind of storage bag?
Do you regularly roast marshmallows with a big crowd, either in your backyard fire pit or on a camping trip? If so, you might want to buy sticks that are double-pronged at the end, so you can load up your them up with multiple marshmallows. Also consider whether you will be using these sticks primarily for the occasional marshmallow treat or for hot dog and veggie entrées. You'll want to choose sticks that are longer or have more than one prong for the maximum capacity.
How long should your marshmallow roasting stick be?
Look for a stick that's right between two and three feet long—right around 30 inches—if you can manage it. It's just long enough that it's away from the rest of your body and can reach into the fire, but it's not so long that it becomes hard to control.
Will bamboo skewers catch fire?
Bamboo is more resistant to fire than most types of wood; it's actually a plant. However, it will burn, which is why the bamboo sticks we mention here can be easily disposed of by tossing them into the fire when you're finished using them.
What are the benefits of using a marshmallow roasting stick?
Some campgrounds may not be very forested, which makes finding a stick in the woods nearly impossible. If you pack your own, you're prepared. Some folks like the cleanliness factor of using their own sticks rather than one they've found on the ground, even if they whittle off the top layer of wood to create a more pointy end. Finally, even the most diligent camper can sometimes end up with bits of wood in their marshmallows.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
The original writer of this roundup, Donna Currie is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and product tester. (She's tested more than 90 kitchen products for The Spruce Eats!) Has Donna roasted marshmallows? Of course, she has. She’s also made her own marshmallows. So, she knows a bit about pillowy, sugary, sticky, browned-on-the-outside marshmallow treats. Meanwhile, she’s spent hours researching the perfect sticks for every outdoor event, so this list is sure to have exactly what you need.
Carrie Honaker, who personally tested every item on this list, is a food writer who grew up camping around the forests and mountains of Vermont. She earned her Girl Scout badge for campfire cooking in middle school and has wielded her share of marshmallow roasting sticks over the years. As a restaurateur and avid home cook, she knows the importance of finding a stick that gets you a safe distance from the fire, while providing efficient toasting capabilities for those golden brown marshmallows. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Bon Appetit, Allrecipes, and Wine Enthusiast.