Toasting Marshmallows

When we moved to Wales, just over six months ago, I had a little list of things in my head that I knew I wanted us to do. One of the things on that list was to have a barbecue and toast marshmallows on the beach. Obviously, up until now, it’s been too cold to do it, but last week, we finally managed to do it.

We took a couple of cheap disposable BBQ’s, some blankets and towels, and all the stuff needed for hot dogs and burgers. We went to the little spot where we usually go and sit – on some rocks by the dunes, where it is a little bit more sheltered from the wind. It wasn’t cold, but there was a bit of a chill to the air. We knew once we got the BBQ’s on we would have the warmth from that.

From the word go, the BBQ was a disaster! We managed to burn a hole in the one of the towels we had taken to sit on. We were trying to hold it up to keep the wind off so we could light the trays. Thankfully, it was one of our old ones! The kids kept walking around and kicking sand all over the food, so all the food had a lovely fine coating of crunchy sand to it. Graham had forgotten to put tongs in the bag so we had nothing to turn the food over, meaning lots of burned fingers. After a bit, we pretty much gave up!

We had taken the bits that we needed to toast marshmallows and make s’mores, but then realised we hadn’t got any skewers to put the marshmallow on. We sent the kids for a beach hunt to find some twigs and sticks off the beach and whittled the ends back using one of the knives in the picnic bag – we can be quite resourceful sometimes! We toasted the marshmallows until they went all gooey inside, and sandwiched them between digestive biscuits with a square of chocolate to make s’mores. We got into big, sticky, gooey messes, but it was so much fun! Benjamin just ate his straight off the stick.

We’re not in a rush to have another BBQ on the beach, but we’ll definitely be toasting marshmallows again!


16 thoughts on “Toasting Marshmallows”

  1. Toasting marshmallows is one of our fave things to do….we haven’t done it on a beach yet but have a chiminea in our garden which we usually do it on and that’s lovely!

  2. I can’t believe how long it’s been since you moved to Wales! Gorgoeus photos and you all look so much happier :), love following your adventures. Those marshmallows look delicious x

  3. I’ve never had a toasted marshmallow as I’m vegetarian but we did some on the BBQ for the kids last year and they loved them 🙂

  4. We’ve yet to toast marshmallows together as a family but can’t wait to do it this year. Hopefully when our garden gets re-done we can sit out and do it! Lucky you found the driftwood skewers!

  5. This is lovely. I think it is fab that you gave it a go, it is the kind of crazy thing I would try too. And have. We’ve had some great intentions with adventures out and about, and they have ended with things like sand in everything, wind too strong to even talk or being attacked by swarms of midgies! But sometimes it’s just as much fun, even when things don’t go to plan.

  6. Oh no sorry to hear it didn’t go to plan!! Thing like this always look so easy don’t they, but thats life with kids!! I haven’t done this with the kids, but like you I really want to do it too!

  7. Such a lovely idea. Impressed you didn’t let the lack of skewers stop you having your toasted marshmallows!

  8. Lovely toasting marshmallows, we regularly do it at our Guide Unit.
    Haven’t toasted mallows on the beach yet though.

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