I can hear you right now asking why you need a recipe for s’mores. After all, what is a s’more but a campfire-toasted marshmallow and a thin chocolate bar nestled between two crisp graham crackers to make a warm and sticky chocolate marshmallow sandwich? #smoresrecipe.
But, hang on. If you’re new to making s’mores, you’ll want tips for doing it right. And if you’re an old hand at this classic camping treat, maybe you’ll appreciate a whole summer’s worth of fun s’mores variations to try.
Let’s start with good old-fashioned s’mores. The trick is to hold the marshmallow close to the heat of a campfire but not directly in the flame. This gives the center time to heat up and get melty while the outside puffs up and toasts to a golden brown. Use a toasting fork with an extra-long handle for safety. If the marshmallow catches fire (which it does all too easily) just blow it out. Put a bit of chocolate on a graham cracker, slide the hot marshmallow off the toasting fork and onto the chocolate, and press another graham cracker on top. The heat of the marshmallow is enough to melt the chocolate before it hits your mouth, so you should give it a few seconds to cool before you bite into it. Mmmm. Repeat.
S’more Campfire Safety Tips
- Be sure your campfire area is away from trees and low-hanging branches.
- Keep area well-contained with plenty of rocks surrounding the fire.
- Sweep away leaves and small branches for at least 10 feet from the campfire.
- Make sure skewers or sticks for marshmallows are long enough so little ones don’t need to scoot too close to the fire to roast them.
- Have the kids sit while roasting — this ensures they won’t get too close to the fire, and there is less chance of tripping or falling if they are already stationary.
- Once the fire has died down, put it out by pouring water over it (beware of smoke and ash on the rise when you do this).
S’mores Go Rogue
Feeling adventurous? Try swapping out ingredients to come up with fun new s’mores creations. Here are a few more ideas to do more with s’mores:
- Switch out the chocolate bars with Nutella, jam, or peanut butter cups.
- Add thinly sliced bananas or strawberries to the stack.
Move Over, Graham Crackers
Attention campers! Campfire Cookie S’mores are giving graham crackers some serious competition. Check ’em out:
One trick ponies no more, s’mores are making appearances as bars, pies, and grown-up versions of their former selves.
This baked-in-a-pan version of s’mores comes in handy when prowling bears have you stuck inside without a campfire.
This frozen pie has everything you love about s’mores: graham crackers, chocolate in the middle, and toasted marshmallows over the top.
Who says s’mores have to get all fired up? This ice-cold drinkable version would be just the thing for a hot summer’s day.
These individual s’mores cups are sophisticated enough for grown-ups and cute enough for the kid in you.
Did You Know? There is actually a National S’mores Day on August 10. No one person gets to take credit in the history books for the invention of the s’more, but the treat showed up around the turn of the 20th century when commercial marshmallows came on the scene. It was a word-of-mouth craze until the recipe for s’mores was first printed in the 1927 Girl Scout Handbook. The rest is pop-culture history.