Monday, June 29, 2009

Join Me Around The Campfire for some S'mores!

Well, there is no campfire, but we can still enjoy these delectable treats anytime, even inside, and you don't even need a campfire!

A s'more is a popular campfire treat consisting of a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker. The name "s'more" means "some more", as in: "give me some more!".

S'mores are associated with recreational camping. Part of the enjoyment of this simple dessert is the way in which it is made on such camping trips. A marshmallow is skewered on the end of a long stick (or metallic skewer) and held just above a campfire until its outer surface starts to brown. Once heated, the inside of the marshmallow becomes soft or molten. The marshmallow is quickly pinched off its stick with the waiting graham crackers, one of which has a piece of chocolate on it. Ideally, the heat from the roasted marshmallow partially melts the chocolate.
However, some people assemble the entire s'more on the stick and cook it all at once to ensure that the chocolate will melt.

Peanut butter can be added to the mix for additional flavor, either between a graham cracker and the chocolate piece or between the chocolate piece and the marshmallow. Keeping the graham crackers and chocolate near the campfire can help melt the chocolate.
Here's how you can enjoy these tasty treats inside without having to start up a campfire or even a BBQ grill!

Start with the simple basics:
Chocolate bars (Of course Hershey's works best!)
Marshmallows (store bought or homemade)

Place 1/4 of the chocolate bar on a square of graham cracker.

Skewer a marshmallow and lightly brown the marshmallow with the torch. I personally love my marshmallows "burnt"!

Immediately place the "melted" marshmallow onto the chocolate topped graham cracker and top with another graham cracker square and enjoy!!

Now if you don't have a culinary torch you can make these easily in your oven (even a toaster oven). Just place the graham cracker squares topped with the chocolate and marshmallow on a baking sheet.

Place them in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes until the marshmallows are puffed & lightly browned and the chocolate just begins to melt.

Immediately remove them to a serving platter and top with the other graham cracker square!

Now here's a great variation of S'mores that I found even more delicious! This is also a great way for those who may be allergic to chocolate (like I am, though I still eat it), to enjoy S'mores!

These are called "Strawberry Shortcake S'mores", but I really don't see a connection with Strawberry Shortcake.

Just replace the Hershey's chocolate with some white chocolate chips or white chocolate candy-making wafers (Found at cake supply shops and craft stores), and add some fresh strawberries!

Top each graham square with the white chocolate chips or wafers, then a marshmallow.

Just like above, place them in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes. While they're in the oven, thinly slice the strawberries.

When they come from the oven, immediately top with 3 slices of strawberry and the other graham square and enjoy! These are heaven!!


  1. Holy! I never thought to torch a marshmallow!! I have things to do now...

  2. Strawberry Shortcake - what a great idea!