Toasting marshmallows and making s’mores with your family is one of the great joys of camping. Some of the sweetest moments are shared around a campfire with melted chocolate on your fingers and graham cracker crumbs on your shirt.
It’s time to go gourmet with your s’mores.
Upgrade your campfire s’mores recipes with these 5 simple tips.
Think Outside the Graham Cracker
Graham crackers are delicious, and they come in flavors like cinnamon and honey to up the flavor ante. As a s’mores staple, you won’t go wrong with a great graham.
But try this:
Instead of using graham crackers, sandwich your melty marshmallow and chocolate between crisp chocolate chip cookies, two halves of an Oreo, or buttery shortbread.
Chewy cookies like snickerdoodles make a great s’more, too. Experiment with different flavors and textures to find something you love.
Mix Up Your Chocolate Choices
It doesn’t get much better than creamy, melty chocolate on your s’more…unless it does.
Instead of basic milk chocolate, use a peanut butter cup or a caramel-filled chocolate bar. Gourmet chocolate bars with additions like bacon, ginger, or hot peppers give your s’mores a sophisticated twist.
Want something a little different? Maybe a peppermint patty is more up your alley, or if chocolate’s not your thing at all, soft caramels make a great gooey addition, too.
Flavored Marshmallows are Game Changers
If you can find them, flavored marshmallows are great. Look online if your local grocery store only carries vanilla – major brands generally make a few fruit flavors, and there are some excellent gourmet marshmallow makers that offer a wide variety of options.
Store bought marshmallows aren’t your only option, though.
Making marshmallows at home is surprisingly easy, and you can make anything from chocolate chip mallows to booze-infused treats for your grownup campers.
Homemade marshmallows, like most homemade treats, are vastly superior to their manufactured cousins. Try it one time and you might never go back.
Add an Unexpected Ingredient
S’mores can have more than just 3 basic ingredients. Class up your s’more with a smear of strawberry jam, Nutella, or cookie butter to add another flavor dimension.
You’re only limited by your imagination. Try adding any of these s’more enhancers:
- Sliced banana
- Peanut butter
- Sliced strawberries
- Dulce de leche
- Fruit preserves
- Creamed honey
Make Campfire Cones
Adding all those ingredients and switching out your marshmallow and chocolate components can get a little extra messy. Embrace the mess and try a campfire cone.
Campfire cones work great with mini marshmallows, and they’re perfect for families because each person gets to make their cone exactly how they want.
Stuff a sugar cone with marshmallows, candies, fruit pieces, and other treats, then wrap the whole thing in foil and let it get toasty on the hot coals of your campfire. Once everything is melty and gooey, you can carefully take it out, unwrap it, and indulge.
Not planning a camping trip right now? Campfire cones can be made on your grill, too.
Of course, we’re big fans of traditional s’mores, too. What’s your favorite way to s’more?