I introduced S’mores to my kids and Aussie husband this summer. The kids LOVED them. The hubby, not so much. Must be a North American thing.
Before we left for the first cottage in July, one of our good friends dropped off a couple boxes of Leclerc Celebration Cookies with the suggestion that we use them in our S’mores. They were amazing. The Leclerc cookies have the perfect amount of chocolate on one side and it melted evenly beside a toasty marshmallow. I’d classify that as a S’mores hack because it made the whole process easier, but it got me thinking about other ways to up our S’mores game. Then it became my mission to find the ultimate fireside treat.
As an aside, I found it made things MUCH easier if the fixings were prepped and ready to go. There’s something about young children beside a raging fire waving long sticks topped by burning hot mounds of white goo that adds a completely different element to the whole experience. The faster you can get those marshmallows off, the better.
After lots of taste-testing, here are my favourite S’mores.
1 ) The Classic
There’s a reason why generations of people have made the classic S’more. Two graham crackers with milk chocolate (Jersey Milk is my first choice) and a roasted marshmallow is such a yummy combination. My cousin introduced us to the idea of putting a whole chocolate bar by the fire to melt so you can just squeeze it right on. Another hack that’s so smart [and delicious].
2) The S’monut
Wouldn’t you know it, my husband brought glazed donuts back from one of his shopping trips and the S’monut was born.
Cut a glazed donut in half, like a bagel. Add one graham cracker for some crunch, a layer of chocolate and a toasted marshmallow. The donut doesn’t make it sickly sweet, it just adds smooshy goodness to each bite.
3) The Grilled Peach
I wasn’t sure if this one was going to work, but OMG it’s *so* yummy. Grill halved peaches on the barbecue and tuck them into the Classic S’more. The peach adds some tartness and acidity to balance the sweetness of the chocolate and marshmallow.
4) The NutterButter
When we were little, my cousins and I went down to Florida during March Break to visit my Grandma every year and I fell in love with peanut butter filled cookies called Nutter Butters. For some reason we don’t have them in Canada but when I added natural (no sugar, no hydrogenated oil) peanut butter on one graham cracker in my S’more, I was excited to have Nutter Butter memories come flooding back. SO GOOD. You have to try it, it’s delicious.
5) The Caramilk
What’s better than melted chocolate in a S’more? Melted chocolate and caramel. Replace your Jersey Milk with 4 squares of a Caramilk bar to add a silky golden layer to every bite.
There you have it! The summer’s almost over but you still have time to try these or if you want to keep summer alive, host a Glamping themed dinner party with a S’mores Bar any time of year. Enjoy!