How to Make the Perfect S’mores
The quintessential summer treat for kids, s’mores – graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate, are a must-make food for many families over the summer months. We think of them as essential components of our camping gear, and know many cottagers who keep a well-stocked supply of the ingredients on hand for roasting around the campfire at dusk.
S’mores definitely don’t require a recipe, but a brief guideline for quick and easy preparation can be helpful. For each s’more you will require the following:
- 1 marshmallow
- 1 square of chocolate
- 2 graham crackers
Making the Perfect S’Mores
To make, place the marshmallow on a roasting stick or wire from a metal hanger and cook it over the open flame until golden brown. Using your free hand, place one of the graham crackers upside down on your table (or lap, which also works well) and top it with a piece of chocolate. Place your marshmallow on top of the chocolate and sandwich it with the other graham cracker. Press the second cracker down, and remove the wire or stick from the marshmallow. Wait for a second or two, to allow the heat from the marshmallow to melt the chocolate slightly. You’re ready to enjoy your s’more.
How to Make S’Mores with No Campfire
If your summer vacation plans do not involve taking up temporary residence in the great outdoors, s’mores can still be part of your plan. Simply top one of the graham crackers with the chocolate and the marshmallow, and warm in the oven (300 degrees for 4 minutes) or microwave (10-12 seconds on high) until the marshmallow is slightly melted inside. Remove and top with the second cracker.
Another method is to create the s’more “sandwich” and wrap with foil. Place in a 300 degree oven for 5 minutes and unwrap the gooey goodness.
One of the great things about making s’mores is that you can be creative in your construction of the treat. If you don’t have graham crackers on hand, try using other cookies in their place (think Oreos, digestive biscuits, and even traditional chocolate chip varieties). Milk chocolate can easily be replaced with dark, white, or even coloured or flavoured brands if you have some on hand.
S’mores: More Than Just a Cookie
The popularity of s’mores has inspired many home cooks to use the traditional flavours in creating a myriad of other desserts. There are s’mores cakes, cupcakes, and ice cream, as well as fun ideas like s’mores on a stick or s’mores in a jar. Here are few ideas from some of our favourite bloggers and food sites to inspire your summery s’mores creations: