“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 and I hate the idea of hot coals in a grill or a roaring fire going to waste when there are S’mores of all kinds to be made and enjoyed.
S’more are fun for kids of all ages and while the original version sparked my obsession, 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 and humble S’more and sharing with you several of the variations I have come to love.
The Original S’mores version is probably the one that hooked us all as kids. A roasted, fluffy marshmallow on a stick over an open, smoky fire, or over some red-hot charcoal left over from a grilled dinner and you have the star of the show. Sandwiching your marshmallow between two pieces of graham cracker and joined by 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! Practice will make perfect!
Fudge Striped Cookie S’mores
This version of S’more can’t get any easier to make and is just as delicious. Roast your marshmallow and sandwich it between two fudge striped cookies. Yum!
Ritz Cracker S’mores
To me, there is nothing better than a salty-sweet combination and this version is my favorite. 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! Salty, sweet, gooey! Yum. I make sure to have the supplies for this version on every camping trip we take!
S’more cones is a fun adaptation of the classic s’more and great fun with family and friends. Set up a “buffet” of ice cream cones and any filling you can imagine to fill the cones and let the fun begin. Everyone builds their own!
To build your cones, you’ll need, well, cones. We opted for sugar cones to experiment but highly recommend that you opt for a larger waffle cone so you have more room for your goodies!
Start with a few mini marshmallows in the bottom of your cone. Then, 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. Other options can include a smear of peanut butter, or Nutella inside your cone as a base for your other goodies.
My favorite combo was a peanut butter cup, banana, and marshmallows. YUM!
Wrap your cones loosely in aluminum foil and place them 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.
We tried S’mores dip for a July 4th treat and this option is definitely fun for a group. It’s also a great way to bring your s’mores into the house to enjoy at any time of the year.
Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 450 degrees. Meanwhile, over a low flame on your cooktop, 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 mini chocolate bars to cover the bottom of the skillet but you can use chocolate chips if you prefer. Top the chocolate with an even layer of mini marshmallows. In the preheated oven, toast the dip for 5-6 minutes or until the marshmallows are toasted. The marshmallow toast quickly so be sure to watch your dip carefully. 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!