Gimme S'more! New Takes on the Classic Summer Dessert

By: Andrea Breitung

August 05, 2019

Category: Recreation

One of the best parts of camping is sitting around a crackling campfire and eating a yummy, gooey s’more (or five, in this author’s case).

The recipe is simple:

  1. Place two graham cracker squares next to each other.
  2. Put chocolate on top of one square.
  3. Put one or two marshmallows on a stick and roast over a campfire. Turn occasionally until golden brown or burnt (whichever your preference).
  4. Place roasted marshmallow(s) on the chocolate-covered graham cracker square.
  5. Cover with the other square to make a sandwich and enjoy!

The classic s’more is a decadent treat in itself, but if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, consider these options from some Three Rivers staff members: 

  • For more gourmet s’mores, use peanut butter cups, chocolate mints, or your favorite gourmet chocolate.
  • Add some caramel! After you put a marshmallow on your roasting stick, add a square of caramel to the end. When you slide the marshmallow off the stick, the caramel will end up inside of it.
  • Chocolate frosting, chocolate butter, and caramel topping/dip are great chocolate-bar alternatives that won’t melt all over.
  • Use chocolate chip cookies or chocolate-striped cookies instead of graham crackers and chocolate.
  • Campfire Cones and S’moritos; choose ingredients to suit your group’s palette!

Dietary Sensitivities and Preferences

Want to make s’mores but need alternatives for dietary restrictions and sensitivities? Give some of these options a try.

  • Chocolate: Enjoy Life Foods makes chocolate bars that are gluten-, dairy- nut-, and soy-free.
  • Graham crackers: Pamela’s Products make a graham cracker that is free of many allergens, and brown rice cakes are a vegan-friendly and allergen-free alternative, too (idea from Food Network)
  • Marshmallows: The popular Jet Puffed Marshmallows are gluten-, dairy- and nut-free. A vegan alternative is Dandies Marshmallows

Get Your Next S’mores Fix in Three Rivers

Looking for a reason to enjoy a s’more? National S'mores Day is August 10! Celebrate this delicious treat with us and: 

  • Make a s'more and tag us on Facebook or Instagram to show off your yummy creation.
  • Bring your own ingredients and make them while camping.

About the Author

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Andrea Breitung is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Three Rivers. She has been with the Park District in various roles since 2001. She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology. When not working, she likes to go camping, hiking, geocaching, biking, and paddling, as well as spend time with her boyfriend and fur kids.

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