Please may I have s'more?

By Vanessa Greaves
Updated August 06, 2020
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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 smooshed between two crisp graham crackers to make a warm and melty chocolate marshmallow sandwich?

But, hang on. If didn't grow up making s'mores, you'll want to know how to do 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.

How to Make S'mores

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Let's start with classic s'mores. S'mores are only as good as the toasted marshmallow that simultaneously melts the chocolate bar and holds the whole confection together. If it's under-toasted, there's not enough heat to melt the chocolate. If it's over-toasted, well, it goes up in flames and you have to start over.

The trick to toasting a marshmallow just right is to hold it close enough to the heat source without setting it on fire. This fine balance gives the marshmallow center time to heat up and melt while the outside puffs up and toasts to a golden brown. A toasting fork with an extra-long handle is usually the best tool to use. If the marshmallow does catch fire (which it does all too easily) just try to blow it out without dropping a molten 'mallow in your lap.

Put a wafer 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 will 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.

6 S'more Ways to Make S'mores

Feeling adventurous? Try swapping out the basic ingredients to come up with fun new s'mores combos. Here are six variations to try:

Ingredient Swaps

  • Use cookies or crispy cereal bars instead of graham crackers to sandwich the toasted marshmallows and chocolate bars.
  • Switch out the chocolate bars with Nutella, jam, honey, or peanut butter cups.
  • Add fruit to the stack: sliced bananas, apples, strawberries, or whole raspberries.

PSA: 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).