Get Baked: Four Ways To Celebrate National S’mores Day

The great thing about working 9-6 at a parenting magazine is that I am always in the know about really important things, like that today, August 10, is officially National S’mores Day. As a human who loves camp and melted chocolate, I felt the need to celebrate this holiday enthusiastically. Simply making a few s’mores would not be enough. That’s why I decided to make four different s’mores-inspired concoctions and share them with you. Now let’s all join hands around the metaphorical campfire and sing koombaya. Just kidding. Without further ado, let’s get baked in honor of National S’mores Day!

THE CLASSIC S’MORE

Inspired By My Counselors at Summer Camp 1999-2008

Because sometimes you want to pretend you’re still a small child at summer camp.

This is what we call “basic”

Ingredients:

Graham crackers
Marshmallows
Chocolate (get creative!)

Disney plate recommended but not required

Directions:

1. Take your graham cracker cookie and break it in half. Put it on your plate. I used a Disney Princess heart-shaped plate but that’s not a requirement, just a friendly suggestion.

2. Take your chocolate and break it into a small piece, ideally the same size as one half of your graham cracker. You can get creative with this step; a true classic s’more uses plain milk chocolate, but who’s to say you can’t use mint chocolate, or caramel swirl chocolate, or cherry flavored chocolate, or my personal favorite: a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Really, the choice is yours. Anyway, take your chocolate, whatever it may be, and place it on top of your graham cracker.

You have options: annihilate your marshmallow or gently toast your marshmallow. You do you.

3. Roast your marshmallow. Again, you’ll be faced with some choices. Will you build a fire in the woods? Will you use a your stovetop despite your mother’s warning? Will you say whatever, I’m tired, and just pop the whole thing in the microwave? Only you can know what’s right for you. The point is, you want to make your marshmallow gooey.

4. Slide your roasted marshmallow off the utensil you used to roast it and onto the graham cracker and chocolate stack. Take the other graham cracker, put it on top of the stack, and smush everything together.

Thank you Carly for holding and eating my classic s’more

5. Think of the cutest girl who has ever made you a s’more. Reminisce about the last time you enjoyed a real outdoor campfire. Fret over the gooey strands of marshmallow that will inevitably get stuck to your chin. Don’t forget to eat your s’more, it won’t be as good when it’s cold. In short: Enjoy!

THE ON-THE-G0 S’MORE

Inspired By Laura at Come Together Kids

This was originally created for a child, but I think we can all benefit from its deliciousness.

We are still on Level Basic

Ingredients:

Golden Grahams cereal
Mini marshmallows
Chocolate chips

Directions:

1. This adorable on-the-go snack is really fun because it’s made for a child and so really anything goes. Children are forgiving when you willingly give them chocolatey snacks. So the first step is, basically do whatever you want.

2. The original recipe suggests mixing the ingredients together in a bowl, but honestly that’s unnecessary. Just scoop a bunch of cereal, some marshmallows, and a handful of chocolate chips into your to-go container of choice (once again, you have options!) and shake it up a little bit. Boom, you’re done. Your co-workers, classmates, and basically all humans ever will be insanely jealous of your afternoon snack.

Bonus points: If you’re fancy, you can put this on-the-go mixture into cute little glass containers and serve it as an h’orderve next time you host a dinner party and/or your friends come over to get drunk. Everyone will be super impressed and now your on-the-go s’more is a here-to-stay memory. Remember the time you were the best host ever? All your friends do!

Next: S’mores so intense you’ll think you’re camping.

THE SMASHING S’MORE

Inspired By Jessica at How Sweet It Is

Apparently Jessica, the blogger who inspired me to try this recipe, got her original idea from a Trader Joe’s snack by the same name. I’ve never tried the particular TJ morsel of which she speaks, but I trust it is delicious because I’ve never eaten a single chocolate item from Trader Joe’s that wasn’t delicious. I like this variation on a s’more recipe because sometimes it’s too hot for a fire or even a microwave, and yet I still want a summer s’more. This snack requires minimal heat (in fact if you’re impatient like me you’ll be using the refrigerator a little bit) but it still packs a strong s’more flavor.

Ingredients:

Graham crackers
Marshmallows
Chocolate chips

This is the part where “chocolate” becomes “glue”

Directions:

1. The small amount of heat you’ll use happens right at the beginning: you need to melt some chocolate. I melted chocolate chips, but you can use chunks if you want. Whatever you decide, get some melted chocolate in a small bowl. Grab a spoon.

2. Take your graham crackers and break them into eight tiny squares. Take a tiny amount of chocolate and dab a blob onto one of your tiny squares. Then take another tiny square and press them together. Next up, grab a marshmallow. Apply another tiny dab of chocolate onto the top of your graham cracker stack and stick the marshmallow on top of that. Your melted chocolate is currently acting like glue. If you’re patient, wait an hour for the melted chocolate to harden. If you’re impatient, pop your snacks in the fridge and wait approximately ten minutes.

I don’t recommend burning your chocolate in the microwave

3. Once the “glue” has hardened, you’re ready to dip the snacks. Melt a much larger amount of chocolate in a much larger bowl. I don’t recommend burning the chocolate. I burned it and while there doesn’t seem to be any effect on the final taste, it smelled horrible and also made me feel bad about myself, like jeez, you can’t even microwave chocolate correctly Vanessa, god. Anyway.

4. Get a long skewer. If you don’t have one use a knife, or chop sticks like I did. Poke the skewer/knife/chopstick into the top of the marshmallow and coat the entire thing — graham cracker, marshmallow — with melted chocolate. If you’re me you’ll get frustrated after a few tries and you’ll just use your hands. The tops of the marshmallows never get perfectly covered; don’t panic. Just use a spoon or your fingers and mush some extra chocolate on top.

5. Sprinkle crushed graham crackers on top.

6. Again, either let the treats harden on their own, or stick them in the fridge for a little while. Yum.

THE INTENSE S’MORE

AKA The Peanut Butter Cup S’mores Bar

Inspired By Melanie at The Sweet Life

Whenever I tell my girlfriend that something is “intense,” she looks at me with a completely straight face and says, “Like camping?” (Get it? Intense? In tents? Yeah…) Anyway, this s’more situation is super intense (look at all the ingredients!) and if someone ever makes a joke about it you can look them in the eye and say, “Yes! Exactly like camping.” At least that’s what I plan to do to my girlfriend.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
9+ peanut butter cups, regular size
basically a whole jar of marshmallow fluff

Cracking the egg is my favorite part

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 baking tin, then set it aside.

2. Making the dough for this recipe is pretty standard, you just add graham cracker crumbs at the end. Cream your butter and sugars, then add the egg and the vanilla. Next add your dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, graham cracker crumbs. The original recipe says to use a stand mixer, but I used a plain old spoon and bowl and everything was fine. Also the original recipe says to use softened butter, but who remembers to leave that stuff out?! I used frozen butter from the freezer and microwaved it until it was completely melted, and everything was okay, don’t worry.

3. Once your dough is ready take 2/3 of it and press it into the baking dish. Make it thinner than you think you can. Trust me. Take your peanut butter cups and line then up evenly in rows. Next, take a bunch of fluff (the original recipe said 1 1/2 cups but to be honest I used almost an entire jar and I still think I could’ve used more) and spread it over the whole situation. Fluff is hard to spread so just do your best. The point is to cover the entire base with chocolate peanut butter cups or fluff or both.

4. Take the remaining 1/3 of the dough and roll it into a very thin 8×8 square. Then carefully lift your dough square and place it gently on top of everything else. Lightly push down to anchor it in place. (Full disclosure, my “thin 8×8 square” was more like “lumpy disjointed puzzle pieces.”) Repeat after me: everything is going to be okay.

5. Pop the baking tin in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. I live in fear of burning things so I took mine out a bit early.

6. When the bars have set (the original recipe says it takes 2 hours but I only had the patience to wait about 20 minutes), grab a large sharp knife and start cutting squares. Then invite people over immediately so you don’t eat the entire pan of gooey goodness by yourself.

If I could make these again I may add even more filling or something crazy like that

ALSO! Vegan Options:
This campfire staple can be modified for vegans with just a few small adjustments. You’ll want graham crackers with no honey (Nabisco actually fits the bill!), dark chocolate with no milk product, and vegan marshmallows or Ricemellow Creme. Stef, who made legendary vegan s’mores at A-Camp, recommends Sweet and Sara for vegan marshmallows. That company also makes prepackaged vegan s’mores, if you’re into that. And if you want a real challenge, your own “intense” s’more moment if you will, try Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero’s Vegan S’more Cupcake that ran in the now defunct Satya magazine. Yum for everyone. Happy S’mores Day!

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45 Comments

  1. My reaction to the final picture of the smashing smores was to say, out loud and rather aggressively, “holy SHIT. that looks AMAZING.”

    also this inspired me to text all my friends and ask them if they wanted to celebrate national smores day with me.

  2. The great thing about not working 9-6 anywhere and having a roommate who made everything in this post in order to write it is that I am sitting at home reading the final post and eating these things at the same time.

    Perhaps I am the real winner here.

  3. Once when I was a little baby lesbian, I thought I’d be especially clever and roast marshmallows in the middle of winter over a gas stove. Genius! I grabbed a fork and a bag of marshmallows and began to roast away. How had this not ocurred to me sooner? No more would I be forced to wait for campfire season to enjoy s’mores. I grabbed my first perfectly toasted marshmallow, pulled it off the fork and popped it into my mouth. Success. I eyed the gooey marshmallow remains on the fork and STUCK THE SEARING HOT FORK INTO MY MOUTH TO LICK OFF THE MARSHMALLOW-Y RESIDUE, consequently burning fork-marks into my lips and tongue…My parents didn’t even offer me their sympathy. They just stood in the kitchen laughing at me, wondering how their daughter could be such an idiot…

  4. If you don’t have a gas stove and still want melty ooey-gooey s’more goodness, pop your pre-melted s’more creation in the microwave for a few seconds. It works amaaaaaazingly. Did this for a client meeting once (long story) and they were blown away.

    Just remember to keep your eyes on the marshmallow, lest it blows up.

  5. This post has inspired to set up a s’mores station when my parents have a party next weekend. I will probably eat like half of them, but they will be so good. I am thinking instead of hershey’s, using peanut butter cups, york patties, cadbury carmello squares, and any other candy I think will work. Oh the glorious gooeyness.

  6. Initial reaction – OMG what is a s’more; I want one.

    Why have I never heard of these before? I don’t think it’s a thing in Australia.. we just roast marshmellows by their lonesome. Damn you Americans are just so creative with your sweets!

  7. Did you guys know that Russell Stover makes individual packages of s’mores? Just found this out yesterday and they’re actually pretty good. I microwaved it for 10 seconds though and had to eat it with a spoon, so don’t do that.

  8. I haven’t been on autostraddle since June because I’ve been working at Girl Scout camp without internet. I’ve been eating a lot of s’mores. This was like a happy “welcome back to the internet, Colleen” post!

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