“Life is better when you add fresh air, a warm campfire, bright stars and s’mores.”  —Unknown

Whether you’ve had them as a Girl or Boy Scout, over a grill in your back yard or over a fire on a camping trip, a S’more is a marvelously simple and delectable treat!  I loved them as a child and still adore them as an adult. I hate the idea of a hot coals in a grill or fire going to waste when there are S’mores of all kinds to be made and enjoyed and the simple ingredients are perennials in my pantry. 

Never waste hot coals!

S’more are fun for kids of all ages and while the original version sparked our love, let me help you to think outside the box and make your next cookout dessert one that everyone will talk about!  To that end, I am dedicating an entire blog to the beloved humble S’more and several of the variations I have come to love.

The Original

S’mores as God intended!

You know it!  It’s the version of S’mores that you fell in love with as a kid.  Roast a soft, fluffy marshmallow on a stick over an open, smoky fire, or right over some red-hot charcoal left over from the grilled dinner and you have the star of the show. Sandwich your toasty treat between two pieces of graham crackers together with a piece of a chocolate bar and Viola!  There you have it.  Simple, sweet, gooey, messy, and if you’re not licking your fingers when you’re done, you didn’t do it right!  Do it again!

Fudge Striped Cookie S’mores

Easy Peasy!

Roast your marshmallow and sandwich it between two fudge striped cookies.  This one can’t get any easier to make. 

Ritz Cracker S’mores

S’mores with Ritz Crackers! My favorite!

To me, there is nothing better than a salty-sweet combination.  Roast your marshmallow and sandwich it between two Ritz Crackers.  With this option, I’ve used a chocolate bar and a peanut butter cup as my sources of sweet.  The peanut butter cup is delicious!  In fact, there is a thin version of peanut butter cups now that are great for this version.  This is my go-to favorite and I make sure to have the supplies for this version on every camping trip we take!

S’mores Cones

Mission: to make S’mores cone

This is a fun version for the whole family or a group of friends.  Set up a “buffet” of ice cream cones and any filling you can imagine to fill the cones.  To build your cones, you’ll need, well, cones.  We opted for sugar cones to experiment.  Next time, and what I would suggest, is a larger waffle cone so you have more room for your goodies! 

Start with mini marshmallows in the bottom of your cone (not too many to start).  Layer in other fillings such as strawberries, raspberries, or bananas.  Make sure to mix in your chocolate too along with more marshmallows.  For the chocolate, consider chocolate chips, Rolos, or my favorite, peanut butter cups.  

Peanut butter cup, banana, and marshmallows! Oh my!

My favorite combo was a peanut butter cup, banana, and marshmallows.  YUM!

Wrap your cones loosely in aluminum foil and place over your hot coals.  It only takes a few minutes to melt your chocolate and marshmallows and warm your cone, which is what you’re after.  If your heat source is really hot, be careful not to leave it on too long or you will burn the cone.  

NOTE: With kids participating, adults should handle the hot wrapped cones and the goodies inside will be very hot so care should be taken when taking the first bite.    

S’mores dip

S’mores Dip. Great to share with friends! Photo by @orange.tree.square.

This was a July 4th treat for our friends and this option is definitely fun for a group. My friends were happy to participate in this test for the blog! (Thanks guys!)

Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 450 degrees.  Over a low flame, heat a small cast Iron skillet, melting 1/2 tablespoon of butter in the bottom and sides of the skillet.  When the butter is melted, turn off the heat.  I used enough chocolate bars to cover the bottom of the skillet but you can use chocolate chips if you prefer.  Top with mini marshmallows.  In the preheated oven, toast the dip for 5-6 minutes or until the marshmallows are toasted.  Serve right away, placing the skilled on a trivet. Dip pretzels, crackers, or graham crackers into the dip and enjoy!

Note: Be sure kids know that the skillet will be very hot. It might be a good idea to spoon the S’mores goodness onto a plate if there is a concern.

There are endless combinations to the beloved S’more.  I plan to continue to experiment and hope to find more versions I can share with you in another blog soon!  I mean, this is the best research for a blog EVER!

If you have a favorite version you think I should try, oh yeah, and blog about, be sure to reach out!