My fiance and I are getting married beachside in June. Originally we were going to have scattered fire pits along the beach for everyone to curl up around after the festivities, but now that's not going to happen (logistics). I wanted to serve gourmet marshmallows (chocolate, pumpkin, cinnamon, etc.) for folks to toast while they sipped their bubbly and would like to keep that aspect if we still can.
Is there a simple way to equip 8 outdoor tables with the ability to toast marshmallows? Won't candles make them taste funny? I certainly doubt Sterno is a good way to go because of the chemicals...or am I wrong? Any ideas?
First, let's talk about Sterno. We are slightly confused about Sterno, since most of the tabletop grills and mini S'Mores makers we've seen actually use Sterno or another gel fuel. The Sterno website has a consumer FAQ that seems to imply that Sterno is fine for cooking. They just caution you against cooking directly over a Sterno flame because dripping food can cause flareups.
We are not very knowledgeable on this subject, but we know that some commercial charcoal has harmful chemicals too, so we think it's a tossup between Sterno and charcoal. We would try to find an option that takes good natural charcoal with no additives - the taste of charcoal-grilled food is so delicious.
Having established that, here are a few ideas. The tiny S'Mores maker at the top of the page was made by Casa Moda and it does not appear to still be available in retail. If you can still find one they take Sterno cans. But we think they were overpriced and they look flimsy and one-use.
• Mini Hibachi Grill - $23.85
• Mini Hibachi and Pu Pu Platter Set, $39.95
• Anytime/Anywhere Charcoal Grill, Ace Hardware, $4.29
More ideas for Alana?