These roasting sticks are much better than I had expected. They have a nice rubberized handle for easy and comfortable grip and they extend to about three feet long. When they are retracted, they are only 11" in length so they are really easy to store. These are really the best quality hot dog/ marshmallow sticks I have ever run across. We got a few from another brand at our local Tractor Supply store last summer and they bent so easily and weren't nearly as sturdy as these are. These ones are definitely built to last! As for the color change packets, the instructions say to toss 2-3 into the fire without opening. Just toss them in there the way they are to add bright colors to your camp fire. We haven't been able to try these out yet because it's been non stop rain here for weeks, but my kids are so excited to try these things out. I've heard and read nothing but good things about these and friends of ours always have them on hand for their outdoor get-togethers so we are anxious for the rain to clear up so we can try them out as well.
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