S’mores are gooey goodness.
While many people consider them a summer ritual, for me it’s fall fare. I am far more likely to sit around a campfire when the temperatures cool off than I am on a hot summer night.
There is something so simple and special about a toasted marshmallow sandwiched between two graham crackers with chocolate. I love it. When I was a kid, I made basic S’mores but today I get creative with this treat. There are different flavored marshmallows on the market, a variety of graham crackers to choose from, different chocolates (I’m partial to dark chocolate), and my imagination.
If you’re only familiar with a traditional S’more, try a few of these ideas:
Use a cinnamon graham cracker topped with apple butter or pumpkin butter instead of chocolate and then add the toasted marshmallow.
Use pumpkin flavored marshmallows in the fall and pair it with white chocolate.
Create a S’more ice cream sandwich with a little vanilla ice cream, toasted marshmallow and a big drizzle of fudge sauce and caramel sauce. This is lovely! Eat it like a sandwich or use the graham crackers as a spoon.
Use Ritz crackers instead of graham crackers for a salty kick. A little date jam or spread is great with the salt.
A thin slice of brie at room temperature with the chocolate and toasted marshmallow is excellent.
Use a chocolate graham cracker, dark chocolate and add a slice of strawberry on your S’more sandwich.
After you toast your marshmallow, roll it in shredded coconut and drizzle dark Hershey’s syrup on instead of using a square of chocolate.
One of my favorite S’mores is Peanut Butter Banana because the peanut butter cuts the sweetness and adds richness, and I love bananas and chocolate. Add a slice of candied bacon and call it “The Elvis.”
Use a variety of nut spreads on the graham cracker like almond or cashew; or skip the chocolate and use Nutella instead.
As you can see, there are so many combinations.
Aside from good old-fashioned S’mores, I wanted to share a few other S’more themed recipes like my Easy S’more Bars. The name says it all. I start with a box of cake mix, mix it with eggs and butter and then spread it in a pan. I top that with chocolate and marshmallows and bake it. That’s easy!
You can serve this dish warm or room temperature, see my notes in the instructions.
And finally, The S’mores Fondue is so decadent, quick, and perfect for a party. If you don’t have a flame to toast your marshmallows but still want the spirit of that dessert, this is the recipe for you. The fondue takes less than 10 minutes to make (it has only two ingredients) and then you dip graham crackers and marshmallows in the melted chocolate and it’s heavenly. If you don’t have a fire pit, live in an apartment or just don’t want to deal with fire, this is a great option.
I hope this gets you out of your S’mores comfort zone and you enjoy these recipes.
Peanut Butter Banana S’mores
10 graham crackers
5 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
10 thin slices of banana
5 large marshmallows
5 large pieces of dark chocolate (or your favorite chocolate)
Spread the peanut butter on only one side of the graham crackers and then top each with two slices of banana. Set aside.
Toast your marshmallows to desired doneness and then sandwich one on a graham cracker. Add chocolate and close it to make a sandwich. Eat and enjoy. It’s messy so have a napkin handy.
Easy S’more Bars
1 yellow cake mix
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten
2 cups chocolate chips
2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Pour the cake mix into a medium bowl. Melt the butter in the microwave and the pour it into the bowl. Add the beaten eggs and stir until combined. Coat a 13×9 inch pan with cooking spray. Spread the mixture in the pan using your hands to spread it out and press it down. Try to make it as even as possible. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and mini marshmallows over the top and bake it for 30 minutes. Cool completely before slicing.
Note: This dish is incredible warm out of the oven but it doesn’t slice well. If you are serving family and don’t care how it looks, you can serve it warm while the chips are melted, just know it will fall apart. It’s amazing with a scoop of vanilla ice cream when it’s warm though.
For proper bars, you must cool the dessert completely before slicing.
½ pint of heavy whipping cream
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 bag or large marshmallows
1 box of Graham crackers
Sticks to skewer the marshmallows
This dish comes together quickly so you want everything ready for serving. It takes about 7 minutes total and then it’s ready to serve. I have fondue equipment, but if you don’t you can use forks to skewer the marshmallows or even wooden skewers.
Pour the heavy whipping cream in a medium pot and turn the heat to medium. When the cream just starts to form bubbles around the edges, stir in the chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate has melted and it is smooth. It will look and smell incredible. Immediately transfer it to a serving bowl. Surround the dish with marshmallows and graham crackers and serve.