10 Ways to Improve Your S’mores This Summer

Have you ever had the graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate combo known as a s’more? S’mores are the perfect campfire treat and have been a favorite since 1927. The basics of the s’more is easy: graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate candy bar. All of this stacked like a sandwich and melted over an open fire is the ideal way to end a summer night outdoors.

Where Did the S’More Get Its Name?

The word “s’more” is likely a combination of “some more,” and we don’t know who invented the recipe for sure. What we do know is that it first appeared in a 1927 guide called Tramping and Trailing with the Girls and it’s credited to Loretta Scott Crew. Whether Crew invented the treat is anyone’s guess, however, we’re sure glad she had it published in the guide! Since then s’mores have been eaten around many blazing campfires around the country. Over time “Some More” was shortened to “s’more” and the rest is delicious history.

We have a scan from one of the original publications and it’s shared below. It’s interesting to wonder what the original author of the guide considered one of “good plain brands” of chocolate. These days s’mores immediately bring Hershey’s to mind, and the two are so interconnected that Hershey even sells a s’mores kit!

The quest for the perfect s’more has baffled more than one cook. The Smithsonian ran a test for the ideal s’more last year to determine how to best toast the marshmallow. They actually advocate using one large marshmallow as it will expand well.

You don’t need a campfire to create a great s’more though. Williams Sonoma sells a kit that works with a Sterno for s’more goodness all year long. However, if you want to make good s’mores in your home, here’s what you want to gather.

In The Oven

You can make s’mores in the oven by following this recipe from Food Network. Here you want to preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Take 4 graham crackers and place them on a cookie sheet, then top with chocolate. Leave uncovered and bake for 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown and puffy. Remove from oven and place remaining graham crackers on top to make a sandwich.

 

In The Microwave

Yes, you can make s’mores in the microwave too. While it’s not exactly authentic and won’t give you golden marshmallows, it’s still tasty! Use a paper towel to keep cleanup to a minimum. Place the graham cracker on the towel, then top with marshmallow and chocolate. Microwave for 15 seconds or until nicely puffed. Top with remaining graham cracker and eat. You can also use a microwave safe plate.

 

In the Toaster Oven

If you don’t want to use your oven, turn to the toaster oven for a delicious s’more. Heat the toaster oven to 350 degrees, then stack your graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate as desired on a tray covered with foil. Bake for 3 minutes or until marshmallows melt.

In a Cast Iron Skillet

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Get your cast iron skillet ready, and place the ingredients in, with each graham cracker receiving a piece of chocolate and marshmallow. If using miniature skillets, be sure you cut your marshmallow in half. Bake until marshmallows are golden brown.

Mixing Up S’mores

When making s’mores, you don’t have to stick to the traditional ingredients. Don’t be afraid to mix it up!  Consider the following with your next batch of s’mores. Hershey and M&Ms both have candy bars with candy pieces inside them and these will be amazing in a s’more.

  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Cookie dough
  • Nutella
  • Caramel
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Peanut butter
  • Cookie dough (homemade and safe)
  • Cinnamon
  • Hershey’s Cookie and Cream candy bar
  • Hershey and Reese candy bars
  • M&M candy bars
  • Mint chocolate bars

Switch Up That Sandwich

Here are some creative ways to reinvent your s’mores.

  • Swap the graham crackers for baked cookies, hard pretzels, or Pizelle cookies.
  • Lower the sugar content by using Ritz crackers as the sandwich top and bottom.
  • Top the chocolate and marshmallow with whipped cream before covering
  • Cover completed s’more with a scoop of vanilla or vanilla bean ice cream.
  • Stick mini chocolate chips inside the marshmallows before baking.
  • Make an open-faced s’more and drizzle with chocolate.
  • Bake a layer of chocolate and marshmallows in a cast iron skillet. Dip graham crackers.
  • Create the s’more inside of a banana and bake.
  • Swap out graham crackers for the fudge grahams

S’more Rice Krispie Treats

Combine Rice Krispie treats with s’mores to make these sensational snacks. Ideal for classroom treats, 

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce package mini marshmallows
  • 5 large graham crackers
  • 7 cups Rice Krispies Cereal (or a generic rice cereal)
  • ½ cup of butter
  • 1 cup of milk chocolate chips (or dark)

Instructions

  1. Break your graham crackers into pieces.
  2. Prepare your baking pan with your chosen greaser, either butter or cooking spray. 9 x 9 is a good size for a hearty amount.
  3. Heat butter and ¾ of the marshmallows in a saucepan, stirring until nicely melted.
  4. Pour the marshmallows over the cereal and stir until coated thoroughly. Let cool for several minutes.
  5. Top with remaining marshmallows and chocolate chips, stirring to combine.
  6. Pour mixture in the greased pan, press gently to set, and let cool.

 

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