9 Best Marshmallow Roasting Sticks (2022): I Bought & Tested Them All

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For this review, I bought and tested these 9 best marshmallow roasting sticks (in no particular order):

  1. Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks;
  2. Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks;
  3. Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks;
  4. MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks;
  5. Jolly Green Products Marshmallow Roasting Sticks;
  6. Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks;
  7. Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks;
  8. Bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks from Jungle Stix; and the
  9. Light my Fire Grandpa’s FireFork.
Me holding a few of the 9 best marshmallow roasting sticks (including the Ezire, Briout, Carpathen, Sumpri, Jolly Green, Ajmyonsp and MalloMe sticks).
Me holding a few of the 9 best marshmallow roasting sticks (including the Ezire, Briout, Carpathen, Sumpri, Jolly Green, Ajmyonsp and MalloMe sticks).

Summary

Here are all the marshmallow roasting sticks that I tested and recommend:

Roasting Stick Recommendation Score Price
BEST HEAVY DUTY
Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks
  • Max Length: 33.5 inches
  • 4 hot dogs without flex
  • Type 201 stainless steel
  • Feature-rich (colors + rotating axle)
9.1
9.1 / 10
BEST COLOR CODED
Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks
  • Max Length: 33.5 inches
  • 4 hot dogs without flex
  • Beautiful colored handles
9.2
9.2 / 10
BEST FOR KIDS
Briout Extra Long Roasting Sticks
  • Max Length: 45.5 inches
  • Sturdy and heavy duty
  • Non-sharp tines + safety tips
  • Type 304 stainless steel
8.8
8.8 / 10
NO CLEAN UP
Bamboo Marshmallow Roasting Sticks
  • Max Length: 35.5 inches
  • 100% biodegradable
  • Toss into the fire after roasting
6.7
6.7 / 10
BEST LIGHT ROASTING
MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks
  • Max Length: 32 inches
  • 4 marshmallows without flex
  • Type 304 stainless steel
  • Color-coded + non-sharp tines
7.9
7.9 / 10
MOST PORTABLE
Light my Fire GrandPa’s FireFork
  • Weight: 0.5oz / 15g
  • Length: 4 inches
  • Width: 1.75 inches
7.7
7.7 / 10

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All the marshmallow roasting sticks that I bought and tested:

Roasting StickFull ReviewCheck Price
SumpriRead ReviewAmazon
CarpathenRead ReviewAmazon
Jolly GreenRead ReviewAmazon
BrioutRead ReviewAmazon
MalloMeRead ReviewAmazon
FireForkRead ReviewLight my Fire
AjmyonspRead ReviewAmazon
EzireRead ReviewAmazon
BambooRead ReviewAmazon
This is a picture of all the marshmallow roasting sticks that I bought and tested: Bamboo, Carpathen, Sumpri, Jolly Green, MalloMe, Ezire, Ajmyonsp, Briout, Light my Fire GrandPa's FireFork marshmallow roasting sticks.
This is a picture of all the marshmallow roasting sticks that I bought and tested: Bamboo, Carpathen, Sumpri, Jolly Green, MalloMe, Ezire, Ajmyonsp, Briout, Light my Fire GrandPa’s FireFork marshmallow roasting sticks.

These are my measured specifications of the 9 best marshmallow roasting sticks, and may differ from the brand’s marketed specifications:

Stick Max Length Packed Length Weight* Storage Pouch? Rotating Axle? Color-Coding?
Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks 33.5 in 9.75 in 2.6 oz Yes Yes Yes
Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks 33.5 in 9.5 in 2.6 oz Yes Yes Yes
Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Sticks 33.5 in 9.5 in 2.5 oz Yes Yes No
Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks 45.5 in 12 in 2.4 oz Yes No No
MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks 32 in 12.25 in 1.2 oz Yes No Yes
Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks 32 in 12 in 1.2 oz Yes No Yes
Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks 32 in 11.75 in 1.4 oz Yes No Yes
Bamboo Marshmallow Roasting Sticks 35.5 in 35.5 in 0.4 oz No No No
Light my Fire GrandPa’s FireFork N.A. 4 in 0.5 oz No No No

*The weight above is the weight of just one roasting stick.

Here’s the anatomy of a marshmallow roasting stick and some terminology that I will be using in the rest of this post:

This is a picture showing you where the tines / prongs, handle and rod of a marshmallow roasting stick are.
This is a picture showing you where the tines / prongs, handle and rod of a marshmallow roasting stick are.

And here’s some relevant info on each of the 9 best marshmallow roasting sticks, along with some details on each storage pouch:

Stick Rod + Tines Material Tines Sharpness Handle Material Pouch Material Pouch Weight Pouch Opening
Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks Type 201 stainless steel Sharp Natural wood Canvas 0.5 oz Drawstring
Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks Stainless steel Sharp Wood Canvas 1.4 oz Zippered
Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Sticks Type 410 stainless steel Sharp Wood Canvas 1.4 oz Zippered
Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks Type 304 stainless steel Semi-sharp Rubber Canvas 0.5 oz Drawstring
MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks Type 304 stainless steel Non-sharp Wood Canvas 0.5 oz Zippered
Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks Stainless steel Non-sharp Wood Canvas 1.3 oz Drawstring
Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks Type 304 stainless steel Non-sharp Wood Canvas 1.5 oz Velcro
Bamboo Marshmallow Roasting Sticks Bamboo Semi-sharp Bamboo N.A. N.A. N.A.
Light my Fire GrandPa’s FireFork Stainless steel Non-sharp N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.

I spent over $150 buying, 1 month testing, and another 1 month after that putting together this review of the 9 best marshmallow roasting sticks.

Over the month of testing, I used these roasting sticks whenever I could – at barbecue parties, weekend roasts and sometimes on weekdays when I had time. To test them, I:

  • Roasted not only multiple marshmallows, but multiple hot dogs as well;
  • Roasted them in different positions (not only horizontally but also vertically);
  • Soaked them all in water and soap to see whether the stainless steel would corrode, or the wood would peel off; and
  • Put them through many more different tests that you’ll find out more about below.

After all that, here’s how I scored each of the 9 marshmallow roasting sticks (10 is the best, 1 is the worst):

Roasting StickOverall Rating
Sumpri9.2
Carpathen9.1
Jolly Green8.9
Briout8.8
MalloMe7.9
FireFork7.7
Ajmyonsp7.6
Ezire7.6
Bamboo6.7

Top Picks

Which marshmallow roasting sticks are in my Top Picks?

Best for Heavy Duty Roasting: Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks

This is a photo of me holding all the Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks.
This is a photo of me holding all the Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks.
9
Sturdiness
8.8
Ease of Use
9
Clean Up
9.7
Quality
Overall Score 9.1 / 10

Key Info

  • Max Length: 33.5in/85cm
  • Packed Length: 9.75in/25cm
  • Weight: 73g/2.6oz
  • Rotating Axle: Yes
  • Color-Coding: Yes
  • Material: Type 201 Stainless Steel (Rod and Tines), Natural wood (Handle)

Pros and Cons

High quality materials
Super sturdy and heavy duty
Very user-friendly
(No serious flaws)

Summary

The Carpathen Marshmallow Roasting Sticks are extremely high quality, made with Type 201 food-grade stainless steel for the rod and tines, natural wood for the handle, and BPA-free plastic for the rotating axle. The rod and tines are thick and heavy duty, and can easily hold 4 hot dogs without any flex. It’s one of my sturdiest roasting sticks.

Here’s how much the Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks flexed with 4 hot dogs on it.
Here’s how much the Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks flexed with 4 hot dogs on it.

These Carpathen Sticks are also feature-rich, complete with color-coded rotating axles (purple, orange, blue, red, pink, and green) and red-colored tip protectors.

In addition, the Carpathen Sticks do not have any serious flaws. Admittedly, it is a tiny bit stiffer than other roasting sticks when extending and retracting, but I’m probably being too nit-picky.

Of all the roasting sticks that I tested, the Carpathen Marshmallow Roasting Sticks are easily one of my favorites. It has tons of pros, with no serious flaws at all.

More info on the Carpathen Roasting Sticks:

Best Color-Coded: Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks

This is a picture of me holding all the Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.
This is a picture of me holding all the Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.
9
Sturdiness
9
Ease of Use
9
Clean Up
9.7
Quality
Overall Score 9.2 / 10

Key Info

  • Max Length: 33.5in/85cm
  • Packed Length: 9.5in/24cm
  • Weight: 73g/2.6oz
  • Rotating Axle: Yes
  • Color-Coding: Yes
  • Material: Stainless Steel (Rod and Tines), Wood (Handle)

Pros and Cons

Beautiful wood handles
Super sturdy and heavy duty
Very user-friendly
No info on type of stainless steel

Summary

The Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks are far and away my most stunning marshmallow roasting sticks. Unlike the other roasting sticks, where only the rotating axles are colored, the entire Sumpri handle is painted over in different vibrant colors (red, yellow, blue, green, purple and black).

Here are the red, yellow, green, blue, purple and black colored handles of the Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.
Here are the red, yellow, green, blue, purple and black colored handles of the Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.

The design of the Sumpri Roasting Sticks is extremely similar to the Carpathen’s (discussed above). They’re both just as heavy duty, sturdy, and feature rich.

However, while the Sumpri beats the Carpathen in terms of aesthetics, the biggest con of the Sumpri is that I couldn’t find any info on the type of stainless steel being used, and whether it’s food grade. But to be fair, I’ve used these Sumpri sticks multiple times with no rust or any other issues.

More info on the Sumpri Roasting Sticks:

Best for Kids: Briout Extra Long Marshmallow Roasting Sticks

This is a picture of me picking up the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks to pack it back into its storage pouch.
This is a picture of me picking up the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks to pack it back into its storage pouch.
9
Sturdiness
8.3
Ease of Use
9
Clean Up
8.7
Quality
Overall Score 8.8 / 10

Key Info

  • Max Length: 45.5in/116cm
  • Packed Length: 12in/30cm
  • Weight: 66g/2.4oz
  • Rotating Axle: No
  • Color-Coding: No
  • Material: Type 304 Stainless Steel (Rod and Tines), Rubber (Handle)

Pros and Cons

Extra long (45.5 inches)
Sturdy and heavy duty
Inexpensive
Handle not the most comfy
No color-coding

Summary

The Briout Roasting Sticks are made of Type 304 food-safe stainless steel, the tines are not that sharp (unlike the Carpathen, Sumpri and Jolly Green Sticks), and they even come with rubber tips for safety. Most importantly, these Briout Roasting Sticks extend to a maximum length of 45.5 inches so that your kid doesn’t get too close to the firepit; these are, by far, my longest roasting sticks.

Here’s a photo of me using the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks to roast marshmallows at a distance of 45 inches from the Coleman barbecue pit.
Here’s a photo of me using the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks to roast marshmallows at a distance of 45 inches from the Coleman barbecue pit.

The rod and tines of the Briout Sticks are also pretty thick, so it’s heavy duty enough to roast not only marshmallows, but hot dogs and meats as well. And these Briout Sticks are also one of my least expensive roasting sticks!

But there are a couple of cons though. The finger grooves of the handles don’t feel super comfortable to me. And also, all of the roasting sticks only come in orange. But overall, I still think that these Briout Roasting Sticks give you plenty of bang for your buck.

More info on the Briout Roasting Sticks:

Easiest Clean Up: Bamboo Roasting Sticks

This is a photo of me holding a bunch of bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks (that I bought from a brand called Jungle Stix).
This is a photo of me holding a bunch of bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks (that I bought from a brand called Jungle Stix).
3
Sturdiness
6.7
Ease of Use
10
Clean Up
7
Quality
Overall Score 6.7 / 10

*I bought my bamboo roasting sticks from a brand called Jungle Stix, though I will list alternatives if this is not available.

Key Info

  • Max Length: 35.5in/90cm
  • Diameter: 5mm/0.2in
  • Weight: 11g/0.4oz
  • Rotating Axle: No
  • Color-Coding: No
  • Material: 100% Bamboo

Pros and Cons

No clean up
100% biodegradable
Not for heavy duty roasting

Summary

The biggest benefit of using bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks instead of stainless steel sticks is that there’s no clean up. You can just dispose of them by tossing them into the fire. They’re also 100% biodegradable and thus, environmentally friendly.

Here’s the bamboo marshmallow roasting stick burning in the firepit.
Here’s the bamboo marshmallow roasting stick burning in the firepit.

These bamboo roasting sticks holds up to cooking well, and will not catch on fire while roasting foods. But it is flammable when directly in the fire, which is great when you want to dispose of it, so there’s basically no clean up at all.

I found that it isn’t as sturdy as my stainless steel roasting sticks though, and I’d recommend a maximum of 1 hot dog at each time, because it does flex quite a bit (even with just 1 hot dog!). Also, I’d recommend skewering the hot dog vertically instead of horizontally, so that it’s more secure. These bamboo roasting sticks are great for up to 2-3 marshmallows at each time. (4 is possible, but it does start flexing a little.)

More info on the bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks:

Best Budget Pick: MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks

This is a photo of me using the MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks to roast a hot dog.
This is a photo of me using the MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks to roast a hot dog.
6
Sturdiness
8
Ease of Use
9
Clean Up
8.7
Quality
Overall Score 7.9 / 10

Key Info

  • Max Length: 32in/81cm
  • Packed Length: 12.25in/31cm
  • Weight: 33g/1.2oz
  • Rotating Axle: No
  • Color-Coding: Yes
  • Material: Type 304 Stainless Steel (Rod and Tines), Wood (Handle)

Pros and Cons

Inexpensive
Good quality materials
Not for heavy duty roasting

Summary

Despite its inexpensive price tag, the MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks are made of good quality Type 304 food-grade stainless steel, with a lacquered wood handle and a zippered canvas pouch that makes packing up easy.

Here’s me roasting a marshmallow downwards with the MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks. There’s minimal slipping of the marshmallow as you can see from the marshmallow goo.
Here’s me roasting a marshmallow downwards with the MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks. There’s minimal slipping of the marshmallow as you can see from the marshmallow goo.

However, it’s not quite as thick and sturdy as my heavy duty roasting sticks (Carpathen, Sumpri, Jolly Green), so there’s quite a bit of flex when roasting multiple hot dogs. Also, the tines are not sharp at all, so skewering meats can be a bit difficult. It is a lot less expensive though.

But if you’re planning to roast only marshmallows, these MalloMe Roasting Sticks are actually more suitable; the position and diameter of the tines reduces spinning and slipping of marshmallows during roasting when compared to heavier-duty roasting sticks.

More info on the MalloMe Roasting Sticks:

Most Portable + Most Traditional: Light my Fire Grandpa’s FireFork

This is a photo of me holding on to my 2 Light my Fire GrandPa’s FireForks.
This is a photo of me holding on to my 2 Light my Fire GrandPa’s FireForks.
0
Sturdiness
6
Ease of Use
8
Clean Up
9
Quality
Overall Score 7.7 / 10

Key Info

  • Length: 4in/10cm
  • Width: 1.75in/4.5cm
  • Weight: 15g/0.5oz
  • Color-Coding: No (after removing safety tips)
  • Material: Stainless Steel (Tines), Bio-based plastics from plants (safety cap)

Pros and Cons

Lightweight
Compact
Traditional
Expensive
Not always easy to find the right stick

Summary

If you enjoy searching for sticks in the woods, or if you need something super portable, the Light my Fire Grandpa’s FireFork is a great pick. Each FireFork packs down small at just 4 inches, and weighs just half an ounce.

This is much lighter than stainless steel roasting sticks, which can weigh anywhere from 1.2 ounces up to 2.6 ounces. After you find the perfect stick, just remove the safety cap, squeeze the two ends of the FireFork together, and place your stick through the middle.

This is a photo of me using a stick I found in the woods with the Light my Fire GrandPa’s FireFork to roast a hot dog over a barbecue pit.
This is a photo of me using a stick I found in the woods with the Light my Fire GrandPa’s FireFork to roast a hot dog over a barbecue pit.

However, the FireForks are, by far, my most expensive roasting sticks, and for me, it’s not always easy to find the perfect stick. The stick can’t be too thick, it should be less than 1.5cm or 0.6 inches wide, or it won’t fit. It also can’t be too thin, or it won’t be sturdy. It also has to be straight for easy rotation, and there’s also no color coding once you remove the tips.

More info on the FireFork:

The Other Roasting Sticks I Tested

These are the roasting sticks that didn’t really impress me, but you can still read on to find out more.

Jolly Green Products Marshmallow Roasting Sticks

This was me using the Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Sticks to skewer a hot dog.
This was me using the Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Sticks to skewer a hot dog.
9
Sturdiness
8
Ease of Use
9
Clean Up
9.7
Quality
Overall Score 8.9 / 10

Key Info

  • Max Length: 33.5in/85cm
  • Packed Length: 9.5in/24cm
  • Weight: 72g/2.5oz
  • Rotating Axle: Yes
  • Color-Coding: No
  • Material: Type 410 Stainless Steel (Rod and Tines), Wood (Handle)

Pros and Cons

Super sturdy and heavy duty
High quality stainless steel
Expensive
No color-coding

Summary

These Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Sticks have similar designs to both the Carpathen and Sumpri Roasting Sticks; it’s equally sturdy and heavy duty, and can hold 4 hot dogs easily without flexing too much. The tines are also sharp for easy skewering of meats.

Here’s how much the Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Sticks flexed with 4 hot dogs on it.
Here’s how much the Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Sticks flexed with 4 hot dogs on it.

However, out of the 3 heavy-duty roasting sticks I have, this Jolly Green is my least favorite. It doesn’t come in different colors (while the Carpathen and Sumpri do), and I actually paid 50% more for my Jolly Green Sticks. On top of that, my Jolly Green Sticks only came in a set of 5, while both my Sumpri and Carpathen sticks came in sets of 6.

Essentially – why pay more for less? I’d recommend either the Carpathen Roasting Sticks or the Sumpri Roasting Sticks as a better alternative.

More info on the Jolly Green Sticks:

Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks

Me picking up my Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks to pack them back into their storage pouch.
Me picking up my Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks to pack them back into their storage pouch.
6
Sturdiness
8
Ease of Use
9
Clean Up
7.3
Quality
Overall Score 7.6 / 10

Key Info

  • Max Length: 32in/81cm
  • Packed Length: 12in/30cm
  • Weight: 34g/1.2oz
  • Rotating Axle: No
  • Color-Coding: Yes
  • Material: Stainless Steel (Rod and Tines), Wood (Handle)

Pros and Cons

Inexpensive
Not for heavy duty roasting
No info on type of stainless steel

Summary

Like the MalloMe Sticks (discussed above), these Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks are a decent pick if you’re on a tight budget. But I’d recommend these only if the MalloMe Sticks are out of stock or more expensive.

Here’s my storage pouch and 7 Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.
Here’s my storage pouch and 7 Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.

While it has very similar design and features to the MalloMe Sticks, these Ajmyonsp Sticks have 3 additional disadvantages. First, I couldn’t find any info on the type of stainless steel used for the rod and tines, and whether they’re food-safe or food-grade. Second, these Ajmyonsp Sticks are slightly flimsier when I tested both of them (though to be fair, the degree of flimsiness is not that significant). Third, the storage pouch had a bit of a chemical smell and feels plasticky.

More info on the Ajmyonsp Sticks:

Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks

Me picking up my Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks to pack them back into their storage pouch.
Me picking up my Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks to pack them back into their storage pouch.
6
Sturdiness
8
Ease of Use
9
Clean Up
7.3
Quality
Overall Score 7.6 / 10

Key Info

  • Max Length: 32in/81cm
  • Packed Length: 11.75in/30cm
  • Weight: 39g/1.4oz
  • Rotating Axle: No
  • Color-Coding: Yes
  • Material: Type 304 Stainless Steel (Rod and Tines), Wood (Handle)

Pros and Cons

Inexpensive
Not for heavy duty roasting
Wood peels off

Summary

Like the MalloMe and Ajmyonsp Sticks (both discussed above), these Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks are also a decent pick when you’re on a tight budget. But I’d recommend these only if the MalloMe Sticks are out of stock or more expensive.

Here are several of the colors that the Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks came with.
Here are several of the colors that the Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks came with.

Like the Ajmyonsp Sticks, these Ezire Roasting Sticks have 2 additional disadvantages. First, the wooden handles are not painted or lacquered, so the wood will start peeling off after you wash them a few times. Second, I didn’t like the Ezire storage pouch, because it’s quite a tight fit; the Ezire Sticks protrude out, so the Velcro opening doesn’t exactly close perfectly.

Between the Ajmyonsp and these Ezire Sticks, they scored the same and both are OK picks (just not that great), so either would be fine. Just take a look at their disadvantages and see which matter more to you.

More info on the Ezire Sticks:

Recommendation Summary

Here’s a summary of all the marshmallow roasting sticks that I bought and tested:

Top Picks:

The Others:

If you’d like to compare how each of the 9 best marshmallow roasting sticks performed in each test, here’s a cool graphic where you can do so:

All the test scores of all the 9 best marshmallow roasting sticks.
All the test scores of all the 9 best marshmallow roasting sticks.

For more information on how I tested each roasting stick and came up with these scores, I’ll explain all of it in detail in the next section.

Performance and Test Results

I put each marshmallow roasting stick through these 4 different tests:

  1. Sturdiness
  2. Ease of Use
  3. Ease of Clean Up
  4. Quality

At the end of all the tests, I compiled all the data and came to a decision in the Overall Performance Section.

Sturdiness

For sturdiness, I looked at how much each roasting stick would bend when there’s different kinds of food on it. I tested 2 different types of food – marshmallows and hot dogs.

Marshmallows

With marshmallows, most of the roasting sticks could hold 4 marshmallows without too much flex, and here’s what some of them looked like with 4 marshmallows.

Heavier duty marshmallow roasting sticks (like the Carpathen, Sumpri, Jolly Green and Briout Roasting Sticks) could hold 4 marshmallows easily without flex:

Here’s how much the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks flexed (basically, minimal flex) with 4 marshmallows on it.
Here’s how much the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks flexed (basically, minimal flex) with 4 marshmallows on it. And this is at the maximum length of 45 inches.

Lighter duty marshmallow roasting sticks (like the MalloMe, Ezire, Ajmyonsp Roasting Sticks) could hold 4 marshmallows easily without flex as well:

Here’s the flex of the MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks with 4 marshmallows on it.
Here’s the flex of the MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks with 4 marshmallows on it.

On the other hand, I found that the bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks had some flex while roasting 4 marshmallows, and here’s what it looks like with 4 marshmallows skewered:

Here’s how much the bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks flexed with 4 marshmallows on it.
Here’s how much the bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks flexed with 4 marshmallows on it.

Hot Dogs

With hot dogs, when just 1 hot dog was placed on each roasting stick, most of the sticks had hardly any flex, with the exception being the bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks (from Jungle Stix), which had some amount of flex, and here’s what it looked like:

Here’s how much the bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks flexed with just 1 hot dog on it.
Here’s how much the bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks flexed with just 1 hot dog on it.

I also tested the sturdiness of each roasting stick with a maximum of 4 hot dogs, and here are the results.

The heavier duty roasting sticks (which are the Sumpri, Jolly Green, Carpathen, and the Briout Roasting Sticks at 32 inches) had only a minimal amount of flex with 4 hot dogs on each of them. Actually, there’s hardly any flex at all, so they’re all super sturdy, and here’s what they looked like:

Here’s how much the Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks flexed with 4 hot dogs on it.
Here’s how much the Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks flexed with 4 hot dogs on it.
Here’s how much the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks flexed with 4 hot dogs on it at a length of 32 inches.
Here’s how much the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks flexed with 4 hot dogs on it at a length of 32 inches.

However, at its maximum length of 45 inches, and with 4 hot dogs, even the heavy duty Briout Roasting Sticks had a moderate amount of flex, and here’s what it looked like:

And here’s how much the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks flexed with 4 hot dogs on it at a length of 45 inches.
Here’s how much the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks flexed with 4 hot dogs on it at a length of 45 inches.

It should be noted that it is natural for the extra-long Briout Roasting Sticks to experience this flex; after all, the longer the length, the more the flex.

The lighter duty marshmallow roasting sticks, which are the Ajmyonsp, MalloMe, and Ezire Roasting Sticks also had moderate amounts of flex (at their maximum length of 32 inches for all 3) with 4 hot dogs on each of them, and here’s what they looked like:

Here's how much the Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks flexed with 4 hot dogs on it.
Here’s how much the Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks flexed with 4 hot dogs on it.

In last place, we have the bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks, with a crazy amount of flex with 4 hot dogs. It was practically unusable with 4 hot dogs on it, and here’s what it looked like:

Here’s how much the bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks flexed with 4 hot dogs on it.
Here’s how much the bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks flexed with 4 hot dogs on it.

Rod Thickness

The sturdiness of each marshmallow roasting stick depends on the material and thickness of its rod.

StickFlexMaterialRod
SumpriMinimalStainless SteelThick
Jolly GreenMinimalStainless SteelThick
CarpathenMinimalStainless SteelThick
Briout (32 in)MinimalStainless SteelThick
AjmyonspModerateStainless SteelThin
MalloMeModerateStainless SteelThin
EzireModerateStainless SteelThin
BambooMaximumBambooThin

The sturdier and heavy duty marshmallow roasting sticks, with minimal amounts of flex, tend to have thicker rods, which can support much more weight and food. On the other hand, the less sturdy roasting sticks, with moderate amounts of flex, have thinner rods and therefore cannot support as much weight.

Here’s a picture showing the difference between a thick heavy duty roasting stick and a thin less sturdy roasting stick:

Here's a heavy duty roasting stick (Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Stick) beside a lighter duty roasting stick (MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Stick).
Here’s a heavy duty roasting stick (Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Stick) beside a lighter duty roasting stick (MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Stick).

And marshmallow roasting sticks made of bamboo are naturally thin and less sturdy compared to stainless steel roasting sticks, so it supports much less weight and food.

Sturdiness Ratings

Based on the 4 marshmallow test, the 4 hot dog test, and the thickness and material of each roasting stick’s rod, I rated each marshmallow roasting stick’s sturdiness (out of 10, with 10 being the sturdiest).

Here are the ratings in chart form:

Chart by Visualizer

And also in table form:

Roasting StickSturdiness Rating
Sumpri9
Jolly Green9
Carpathen9
Briout9
Ajmyonsp6
MalloMe6
Ezire6
Bamboo3
FireForkN.A.

Thick and heavy duty stainless steel roasting sticks (Sumpri, Jolly Green, Carpathen, Briout) were rated the best as they were the most sturdy, while thin and lighter duty stainless steel roasting sticks (Ajmyonsp, MalloMe, and Ezire) were rated average because they weren’t as sturdy. The bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks were rated the least sturdy.

Ease of Use

For ease of use, I looked at these factors:

  1. Maximum length;
  2. The telescoping feature;
  3. Color-coding; and
  4. The ease of rotation of each marshmallow roasting stick while roasting foods over a campfire.

Maximum Length

Here’s the maximum length of each marshmallow roasting stick in inches, starting from the longest:

Roasting StickMaximum Length
Briout45.5 inches
Bamboo (Jungle Stix)35.5 inches
Jolly Green33.5 inches
Carpathen33.5 inches
Sumpri33.5 inches
Ajmyonsp32 inches
MalloMe32 inches
Ezire32 inches

Bear in mind that these are my personal measurements of each roasting stick, and may differ slightly from the brand’s marketed dimensions.

All the roasting sticks have a length of at least 32 inches when extended, which puts you at a pretty good distance away from your fire or barbecue pit. Here’s what a maximum length of 32 inches looks like:

Here's a picture of me using the Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks to roast marshmallows at a length of 32 inches away from the campfire.
Here’s a picture of me using the Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks to roast marshmallows at a length of 32 inches away from the Coleman barbecue pit.

If you’re expecting a bigger campfire, you might want to pick a roasting stick that has a longer length, like the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks with a maximum length of 45 inches. Here’s what it looks like:

Here’s a picture of me roasting a hot dog with the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks at a length of 45 inches away from the Coleman barbecue pit.
Here’s a picture of me roasting a hot dog with the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks at a length of 45 inches away from the Coleman barbecue pit.

Telescoping Feature

For the telescoping feature, all the roasting sticks I have stay extended firmly, and don’t just slide back when in use, so no issues here for any of them.

Do be careful when collapsing the MalloMe, Ezire and Ajmyonsp Roasting Sticks though, because they’re thinner, less sturdy and have more flex when collapsing. The same goes for the Briout Roasting Sticks, because it’s really long at 45 inches and flexes a bit when collapsing.

The Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks flexed quite a bit when I put a little bit of strength of both ends of the roasting stick.
The Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks flexed quite a bit when I put a little bit of strength of both ends of the roasting stick.

Other than that, all my roasting sticks extended and collapsed easily, with only slight differences in how stiff they were when doing so.

Roasting StickExtendCollapse
BrioutGoodGood
SumpriGoodGood
Jolly GreenGoodFair
CarpathenGoodFair
MalloMeGoodFair
EzireGoodFair
AjmyonspGoodFair

Color-Coding

For color-coding, some of the roasting sticks come in different colors. Here’s a table showing you whether each specific roasting stick has color-coding or not:

Roasting StickColors
SumpriYes
CarpathenYes
MalloMeYes
EzireYes
AjmyonspYes
BambooNo
BrioutNo
Jolly GreenNo
FireForkNo

Only the Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks come with handles that are entirely colored, and here’s what they look like:

Here are the red, yellow, green, blue, purple and black colored handles of the Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.
Here are the red, yellow, green, blue, purple and black colored handles of the Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.

The majority of the roasting sticks with different colors only come with a small segment of the handle being color-coded (usually the rotating axle, or the tip of the handle), and here’s an example of what this looks like:

Here are the colors that the Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks came with.
Here are the colors that the Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks came with (purple, orange, blue, red, pink, and green). Only the rotating axles are color-coded, the rest of the handle is not.

Those without colors are the bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks, the Briout Roasting Sticks, the Jolly Green Roasting Sticks, and the Light my Fire Grandpa’s FireFork.

To be fair, the FireFork comes with color-coded safety tips, which are yellow and blue, but once you remove these safety tips, the rest of the FireFork is not colored. Here’s what the safety tips of my FireForks look like:

Here’s a photo of my yellow and blue safety caps on my Light my Fire GrandPa’s FireForks.
Here’s a photo of my yellow and blue safety caps on my Light my Fire GrandPa’s FireForks.

Ease of Rotation

For rotation, I looked at how easily the roasting stick could be rotated to get an even roast. Here’s my opinion starting from the easiest to rotate, and also whether there’s a rotating axle:

Roasting StickEase of RotationAxle
SumpriEasyYes
CarpathenEasyYes
Jolly GreenEasyYes
MalloMeModerateNo
EzireModerateNo
AjmyonspModerateNo
BrioutModerateNo
FireForkModerateNo
BambooHardestNo

The Sumpri, Carpathen, and Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Sticks all had rotating axles, which made rotating the food very easy.

This is a photo of me pointing to the rotating axle or easy spin thumbwheel of the Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.
This is a photo of me pointing to the rotating axle or easy spin thumbwheel of the Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.

The MalloMe, Ezire, Ajmyonsp and Briout Roasting Sticks did not have rotating axles, so I had to turn the entire stick. But, it’s not that difficult to do so, at least in my experience. The Light My Fire GrandPa’s FireFork is not difficult to rotate either, as long as you get a fairly straight stick that’s also not too thin.

I felt that the JungleStix was the most difficult to rotate, because it’s the thinnest and there’s the least grip on it.

Here’s a picture of me holding onto the bamboo marshmallow roasting stick while roasting food.
Here’s a picture of me holding onto the bamboo marshmallow roasting stick while roasting food.

Ease of Use Ratings

Based on the maximum length, telescoping feature, color-coding and ease of rotation, I rated each marshmallow roasting stick for ease of use (out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to use).

Here are the ratings in chart form:

Chart by Visualizer

And also in table form:

Roasting StickEase of Use
Sumpri9.0
Carpathen8.8
Briout8.3
Jolly Green8.0
MalloMe8.0
Ezire8.0
Ajmyonsp8.0
Bamboo6.7
FireFork6.0

I found that the Light my Fire Grandpa’s FireFork is not that easy to use compared to the rest, because it takes some time to find the right stick. The stick can’t be too thick, or it won’t fit. It also can’t be too thin, or it won’t be sturdy. It also has to be straight for easy rotation, and there’s also no color coding once you remove the tips.

This is a photo of me using a stick I found in the woods with the Light my Fire GrandPa’s FireFork to roast a hot dog over a barbecue pit.
This is a photo of me using a stick I found in the woods with the Light my Fire GrandPa’s FireFork to roast a hot dog over a barbecue pit. The stick has to be relatively straight for an easy rotation.

Clean Up

For clean up, I looked at:

  1. The general ease of clean up; and
  2. Whether there’s any storage pouch for easy pack up after cleaning.

Ease of Clean Up

I found that the bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks were the easiest to clean up because all I had to do was to break them and toss them into the fire.

These bamboo marshmallow roasting stick holds up to cooking well, and will not catch on fire while roasting foods. But it is flammable when directly in the fire, which is great when you want to dispose of it, so there’s basically no clean up at all.

Here’s what these bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks looked like when I first threw them into the fire:

Here’s the bamboo marshmallow roasting stick broken and thrown into the firepit.
Here’s the bamboo marshmallow roasting stick broken and thrown into the firepit.

And here’s what they looked like after some time of burning in the barbecue pit:

Here’s the bamboo marshmallow roasting stick burning in the firepit.
Here’s the bamboo marshmallow roasting stick burning in the firepit.

For the rest of the roasting sticks, which are stainless steel, I tossed all of them into some soapy water for a couple of hours and they were basically clean without me having to scrub or anything.

Here's a photo of me tossing all my marshmallow roasting sticks into soapy water for cleaning.
Here’s a photo of me tossing all my marshmallow roasting sticks into soapy water for cleaning.

Storage Pouch

I also looked at whether the roasting sticks came with pouches for easy storage after use, and only the FireFork and bamboo roasting sticks did not come with storage pouches. Here’s a picture of all my marshmallow roasting sticks’ storage pouches:

Here's a picture of all my marshmallow roasting sticks' storage pouches from left to right and top to bottom (Carpathen, Briout, MalloMe, Sumpri, Ajmyonsp, Jolly Green and Ezire).
Here’s a picture of all my marshmallow roasting sticks’ storage pouches from left to right and top to bottom (Carpathen, Briout, MalloMe, Sumpri, Ajmyonsp, Jolly Green and Ezire).

Clean Up Ratings

Based on the general ease of clean up, and storage pouches for ease of pack up, I rated the clean up for each marshmallow roasting stick (out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to clean and pack up).

Here are the ratings in chart form:

Chart by Visualizer

And also in table form:

Roasting StickClean Up
Bamboo10.0
Sumpri9.0
Carpathen9.0
Jolly Green9.0
Briout9.0
MalloMe9.0
Ezire9.0
Ajmyonsp9.0
FireFork8.0

Quality

For overall quality, I looked at these factors:

  1. Quality of the handle;
  2. Quality of the rod and tines; and the
  3. Quality of the storage pouch.

Handle Quality

For the quality of the handles of each marshmallow roasting stick, here’s a table of the material of each roasting stick’s handle, and the quality of each handle in my own (subjective) opinion, starting from the best:

Roasting StickHandle MaterialHandle Quality
SumpriWoodVery Good
CarpathenWoodVery Good
Jolly GreenWoodVery Good
MalloMeWoodGood
AjmyonspWoodGood
EzireWoodFair
BrioutRubberFair
BambooBambooFair

The Sumpri, Carpathen, and Jolly Green Roasting Sticks have thicker and more grippy handles that are very comfortable to hold. The quality of the wood that each roasting stick is made of feels very good.

Here’s the handle and the rotating axle of each Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Stick.
Here’s a picture of the handle of the Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Stick.

The handles of the MalloMe and Ajmyonsp Roasting Sticks are thinner, but they’re decent quality as well, as they’re lacquered over, and here’s what they look like:

Here’s the wooden handle of the MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.
Here’s the wooden handle of the MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.

As you can tell, they’re a bit thinner and less grippy than the heavier duty handles of the Sumpri, Carpathen and Jolly Green.

The Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks have wooden handles that don’t have the smooth lacquered finish like all the other roasting sticks. As such, after washing them a few times, the wood has started to peel off.

You can see the wood peeling off the handle of the Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.
You can see the wood peeling off the handle of the Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.

The Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks are made of rubber, which has a slight rubbery smell, and the finger grooves don’t feel comfortable to me. It doesn’t fit my fingers well at all.

Here’s a photo of the finger grooves on the handle of the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.
Here’s a photo of the finger grooves on the handle of the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.

The bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks are thin and don’t feel as comfortable to hold, but overall, all the handles were cool throughout the barbecue roasting and did not heat up.

Rod and Tines Quality

For the quality of the rod and tines, here’s all the info that I managed to find online:

Roasting StickRod + Tines MaterialType
CarpathenStainless Steel201
Jolly GreenStainless Steel410
BrioutStainless Steel304
MalloMeStainless Steel304
EzireStainless Steel304
SumpriStainless SteelUnsure
FireForkStainless SteelUnsure
AjmyonspStainless SteelUnsure
BambooBambooN.A.

All the stainless steel roasting sticks felt good quality, although I couldn’t find the type of stainless steel for the Sumpri, FireFork, and Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks. Ideally, I’d like to know the type of stainless steel so I’d know whether it’s food grade or food safe.

Here are the tines and part of the rod of one of my Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.
Here are the tines and part of the rod of one of my Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.

I did notice a tiny bit of rust on the connecting parts of my MalloMe, Ajmyonsp and Ezire Roasting Sticks after soaking them in water and not drying them, but it’s easy to remove by scratching it off, so no serious rust issues here. Here’s what the tiny bit of rust looks like though:

I found slight rust on the MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks after washing and not drying it.
I found slight rust on the MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks after washing and not drying it.

The bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks are naturally less durable than stainless steel because it might splinter and split when hit too hard. Here’s what one of my bamboo sticks looked like when I accidentally hit it against a wall.

Here’s a photo of how my bamboo marshmallow roasting stick split when I accidentally hit it against a wall.
Here’s a photo of how my bamboo marshmallow roasting stick split when I accidentally hit it against a wall.

But during roasting, these bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks were always splinter free and I had no issues. As for the stainless steel marshmallow roasting sticks that gave me no info on its type, I had no issues when using them as well, so they’re likely food safe.

Storage Pouch Quality

For the quality of the storage pouches, here’s a table of the storage pouch material and also the opening of the pouch. I started with what I thought is the best quality:

Roasting StickPouch MaterialPouch Opening
SumpriCanvasZippered
Jolly GreenCanvasZippered
MalloMeCanvasZippered
BrioutCanvasDrawstring
CarpathenCanvasDrawstring
AjmyonspCanvasDrawstring
EzireCanvasVelcro
FireForkNoneN.A.
BambooNoneN.A.

I liked the Sumpri and Jolly Green storage pouches the best, because they’re soft with smooth zippers. They feel the highest quality to me, and here’s what they look like:

This is the storage pouch (with a zippered opening) of the Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.
This is the storage pouch (with a zippered opening) of the Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.

I also prefer zippered pouches to drawstring ones, but the drawstring pouches of the Briout and Carpathen Marshmallow Roasting Sticks were still good quality. They just did not feel as soft and as easy to close.

Here is a photo of the storage pouch of the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks, which has a drawstring opening.
Here is a photo of the storage pouch of the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks, which has a drawstring opening.

I did not quite like the Ajmyonsp pouch because it had a bit of a chemical smell and felt plasticky. Here’s a picture of me touching the Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks pouch.

The pouch of the Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks is supposed to be made of canvas but it feels plasticky.
The pouch of the Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks is supposed to be made of canvas but it feels plasticky.

My least favorite pouch was the storage pouch of the Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks, because it’s quite a tight fit; the roasting sticks protrude out so the Velcro opening doesn’t exactly close perfectly. Here’s a picture of the roasting sticks protruding out:

You can see the Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks protruding out of its canvas pouch.
You can see the Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks protruding out of its canvas pouch.

Quality Ratings

Based on the quality of the handle, rod and tines, and the storage pouch, I rated the quality of each marshmallow roasting stick (out of 10, with 10 being the highest quality).

Here are the ratings in chart form:

Chart by Visualizer

And here are the ratings in table form:

Roasting StickQuality Ratings
Carpathen9.7
Sumpri9.7
Jolly Green9.7
FireFork9.0
Briout8.7
MalloMe8.7
Ezire7.3
Ajmyonsp7.3
Bamboo7.0

Overall Performance

Based on all 4 tests that I rated above (sturdiness, ease of use, ease of clean up and quality) and the scoring in each test, here’s all the scores of each marshmallow roasting stick side by side for easier comparison:

All the test scores of all the 9 best marshmallow roasting sticks.
All the test scores of all the 9 best marshmallow roasting sticks.

I color-coded the ratings to make it easier to look at. Green is for good, yellow is for not so good, and red is for pretty bad. The overall performance scores are in the last column. I got to these scores by taking an equal weightage of each test (so therefore, each accounts for 25% of the overall score).

In case you just want the overall scores without the individual tests, here you go:

Chart by Visualizer

Roasting StickOverall Score
Sumpri9.2
Carpathen9.1
Jolly Green8.9
Briout8.8
MalloMe7.9
FireFork7.7
Ajmyonsp7.6
Ezire7.6
Bamboo6.7

How to Choose the Best Marshmallow Roasting Sticks for Yourself

In addition to the tests that I conducted above (which are sturdiness, ease of use, ease of clean up and quality), here are a few more questions and considerations to keep in mind when choosing the best marshmallow roasting sticks for your needs:

  1. What are you roasting?
  2. Sharpness of tines
  3. Diameter of tines
  4. Distance between tines
  5. Features
  6. Type
  7. Quantity
  8. Price

What are you roasting?

What you plan to roast is a very important factor; some roasting sticks are more suitable for marshmallow roasting, and other roasting sticks are more suitable for heavier duty roasting like hot dogs and meats.

For lighter marshmallow roasting, I’d recommend the MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks, and then the Ezire and Ajmyonsp Roasting Sticks if the MalloMe is not available.

Here's what the Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks looked like with 4 marshmallows on it.
Here’s what the Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks looked like with 4 marshmallows on it.

For heavier duty roasting of hot dogs and meats, I’d recommend either the Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks or the Sumpri Roasting Sticks.

Here’s a photo of me putting 4 hot dogs on the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.
Here’s a photo of me putting 4 hot dogs on the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.

What makes these sticks more suitable for roasting each different type of food (marshmallows versus meats and hot dogs)? Let me explain with the next few points.

Sharpness of Tines

A few of my roasting sticks have very sharp tines. These are my Sumpri, Carpathen and Jolly Green Roasting Sticks. Sharp tines are extremely useful for skewering meat and more heavy duty stuff.

The tines of the Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Sticks are sharp.
The tines of the Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Sticks are sharp.

And when I say sharp, I mean really sharp. After a late night of testing a few of these roasting sticks, I actually pricked my finger on the Jolly Green Roasting Sticks while rushing to clean up. It drew quite a bit of blood (more than I expected), and took a few days to heal. So, roasting sticks with very sharp tines may not be the best option for kids.

All my Sumpri, Carpathen and Jolly Green Roasting Sticks do come with rubber tips for safety when not in use though.

The Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks come with these red tip protectors for additional safety.
The Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks come with these red tip protectors for additional safety.

Here’s a table of how sharp I found my roasting sticks to be, and also whether they come with rubber safety tips:

Roasting StickSharpnessSafety Tips
SumpriVery sharpYes
CarpathenVery sharpYes
Jolly GreenVery sharpYes
BrioutSemi sharpYes
FireForkNot sharpYes
BambooSemi sharpNo
MalloMeNot sharpNo
AjmyonspNot sharpNo
EzireNot sharpNo

Diameter of Tines

My heavy duty roasting sticks (which are the Sumpri, Carpathen, Jolly Green and Briout Roasting Sticks) all have significantly thicker tines than my lighter-duty marshmallow roasting sticks. This is especially great for roasting meats and multiple hot dogs, as they provide more support.

But that isn’t to say that thinner tines are less useful; in fact, thinner tines (such as those on my MalloMe, Ezire, Ajmyonsp, and the FireFork) are actually more suitable for roasting marshmallows than thicker tines.

Here’s a heavy duty roasting stick (Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Stick) beside a lighter duty roasting stick (MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Stick).
Here’s a heavy duty roasting stick (Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Stick) beside a lighter duty roasting stick (MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Stick).

How so? Well, first of all, thinner tines poke smaller holes in your marshmallows. Second and more importantly, thinner tines conduct less heat, which doesn’t melt your marshmallow as much, which in turn reduces slipping of your marshmallows.

I actually tested this by placing each roasting stick vertically downwards facing the fire while roasting marshmallows. The roasting sticks with thinner tines, which are the MalloMe, Ezire, Ajmyonsp and the FireFork, all had minimal slipping.

Here's me roasting a marshmallow downwards with the Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks. There's no slipping of the marshmallow as you can see from the marshmallow goo.
Here’s me roasting a marshmallow downwards with the Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks. There’s no slipping of the marshmallow as you can see from the marshmallow goo.

On the other hand, the roasting sticks with thicker tines, which are the Sumpri, Carpathen, Jolly Green and Briout Roasting Sticks, had more slipping, because the thicker tines conducted more heat and melted the marshmallows more. I could literally see the marshmallows slipping down the heavy duty roasting sticks, and leaving behind a trail of marshmallow goo.

Here’s a photo of me roasting marshmallows with the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks and hanging them downwards.
Here’s a photo of me roasting marshmallows with the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks and hanging them downwards.

Distance Between Tines

Some roasting sticks have tines that are much further apart than others. These are great for larger foods like hot dogs and meat, and can fit much more food at one time. These are my Sumpri, Carpathen, Jolly Green and Briout Roasting Sticks.

This is a picture of me measuring the distance between the tines of the Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks, which is about 1.75 inches or 4.5 cm.
This is a picture of me measuring the distance between the tines of the Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks, which is about 1.75 inches or 4.5 cm.

On the other hand, roasting sticks that have tines that are closer together are better for marshmallows, because both tines go through the marshmallow, which makes the marshmallow more secure, and prevents spinning of the marshmallow over a campfire. These are my MalloMe, Ezire, and Ajmyonsp Roasting Sticks.

This is a picture of me measuring the distance between the tines of the MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks, which is about 0.75 inches or 1.9 cm.
This is a picture of me measuring the distance between the tines of the MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks, which is about 0.75 inches or 1.9 cm.

Here’s each roasting stick that I tested and how far apart the tines are from each other:

Roasting StickDistance between Tines
Briout3 inches
Sumpri1.75 inches
Carpathen1.75 inches
Jolly Green1.75 inches
MalloMe0.75 inches
Ajmyonsp0.75 inches
Ezire0.75 inches

The MalloMe, Ezire and Ajmyonsp Roasting Sticks all have tines that are closer together, so both tines can go through the marshmallow.

Here’s me roasting a marshmallow downwards with the Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks. There’s minimal slipping of the marshmallow as you can see from the marshmallow goo.
Here’s me roasting a marshmallow downwards with the Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks. As you can see, both tines go through the same marshmallow.

However, it’s a very tight squeeze to fit 3-4 marshmallows together. So, I’d recommend a maximum of 2 marshmallows at each time.

Here’s what the Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks looked like with 4 marshmallows on it.
Here’s what the Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks looked like with 4 marshmallows on it.

On the other hand, the Sumpri, Carpathen, Jolly Green and Briout Roasting Sticks can hold 4 marshmallows easily, though each marshmallow is only skewered by 1 tine, so it’s less secure and more vulnerable to spinning over a bigger campfire. (Though I had no issues with my smaller Coleman grill.)

Here’s what the Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks looked like with 4 marshmallows on it.
Here’s what the Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks looked like with 4 marshmallows on it.

Although the tines of the Light my Fire FireFork are quite far apart as well, the tips are curved, which also helps to reduce spinning and slipping of marshmallows and other foods.

Here’s what the curved tips of my Light my Fire GrandPa’s FireFork look like.
Here’s what the curved tips of my Light my Fire GrandPa’s FireFork look like.

When I conducted a test by placing each roasting stick vertically downwards facing the fire while roasting hot dogs, there was no spinning or slipping for any roasting stick, because the tines of every single roasting stick would go through the hot dog, making it more secure.

Here’s a photo of me roasting hot dogs (downwards facing the fire) with the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.
Here’s a photo of me roasting hot dogs (downwards facing the fire) with the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.

Features

Another factor to consider is which features are important to you. While not all features are essential, some can really take your campfire grilling to the next level. I’ll go through some features with you, and feel free to skip those that you don’t think are important.

Rotating Axle

A rotating axle is a mechanism just above the handle of the roasting stick that allows for easy rotation of the stick to get your even roast. So, you can just use your thumb to rotate your food above the fire.

This is a photo of me pointing to the rotating axle or easy spin thumbwheel of the Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.
This is a photo of me pointing to the rotating axle or easy spin thumbwheel of the Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.

If your roasting stick doesn’t come with this axle, you just need to rotate the entire stick in your hand, which is in my opinion, not that difficult to do.

Color-Coding

Most of my roasting sticks came with color-coded rotating axles, and only my Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks came with the entire handle painted in different vibrant colors.

Here’s my storage pouch, my 6 Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks, spare bamboo sticks, and some instructions.
Here’s my storage pouch, my 6 Sumpri Marshmallow Roasting Sticks, spare bamboo sticks, and some instructions.

Either way, this ensures easy identification of which marshmallow roasting stick is whose. This is usually a fun feature for kids, who like to have their own special roasting stick.

Contoured Handles

Some marshmallow roasting sticks advertise being ergonomic and having contoured handles for a better roasting experience. From my experience with my Briout Roasting Sticks, this is a feature I would recommend you staying away from, because it just wasn’t comfortable for me personally.

Safety Features

Some roasting sticks do come with safety features, which are especially important when kids are concerned, because the tines could potentially cause accidents. There are a few common safety features that I talked about extensively above, such as:

  • Non-sharp tines; and
  • Rubber safety tips for the tines.
The tines of the Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks are not sharp.
The tines of the Ezire Marshmallow Roasting Sticks are not sharp.

I also came across other features like reversed tines in my research, which is less common. Instead of having the tines pointing outward, they point inward. An example of a roasting stick with these reversed tines are the Wolf’em Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.

Type

Another thing to consider is whether you’d prefer stainless steel or bamboo roasting sticks.

These are the pros and cons of stainless steel roasting sticks:

Reusable, so no recurring cost
Telescoping (and thus more compact for storage)
Sturdier (can roast 4 hot dogs without much flex)
Requires cleaning after use

And these are the pros and cons of bamboo roasting sticks:

Great for large groups (as they come in packs of 100 or more)
No clean-up required (just toss them into the fire when you’re done with them)
Not reusable, so there’s a recurring cost of purchasing new bamboo sticks
Less sturdy (even with 1 hot dog, there’s already some flex)

Quantity

If you expect to roast marshmallows with a large group of people (for example, with 30 children on a school camping trip), bamboo roasting sticks might be a better pick than stainless steel ones.

This is a photo of the bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks that you get inside the box.
This is a photo of the bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks that you get inside the box.

This is because each bamboo roasting stick costs significantly less than each stainless-steel roasting stick. For example, I paid only $30 for 110 bamboo roasting sticks (from a brand called Jungle Stix), while I paid between $10 to $30 for a set of 5 to 10 stainless-steel roasting sticks.

Price

How much you should spend on marshmallow roasting sticks depends mainly on what foods you’re planning to roast. Heavier duty roasting sticks (that can roast meats and hot dogs while not having too much flex) will cost anywhere between 50% to 100% more than lighter duty roasting sticks for roasting marshmallows. (At least from my own experience.)

Me holding a receipt of my Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.
Me holding a receipt of my Jolly Green Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.

However, if you don’t plan on roasting often, you could just buy the more budget roasting sticks.

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Why You Should Trust Us

I spent over $150 buying, 1 month testing the 9 best marshmallow roasting sticks that I bought for this review, and another 1 month after that putting together this review. I don’t accept free products from manufacturers, and don’t accept sponsored posts or YouTube videos that may cause me to give a biased review. Each and every product is bought by me with my savings, and all opinions are my own, from months of real-world testing and usage.

Over 4 weeks, I used these marshmallow roasting sticks at many barbecue parties, weekend roasts and sometimes on weekdays when I had time. I roasted multiple marshmallows, multiple hot dogs, soaked the roasting sticks all in water, amongst other things.

I looked at and examined every important aspect of each marshmallow roasting stick, including but not limited to sturdiness, ease of use, clean up, and quality. I also cover all features, specifications and even unboxings. Hopefully this comprehensive review has helped you to find the best marshmallow roasting stick that suits your needs.

Conclusion

Ultimately, of all the 9 best marshmallow roasting sticks that I bought and tested, I think there’s one that will best suit your needs, and here’s quick summary of all of them:

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