There’s something about a s’more that makes it the perfect camping dessert. Maybe it’s the combination of chocolate, marshmallow, and Graham crackers? Whatever it is, it is easy to see why people can not get enough of them! But what if you feel like your s’mores could be even better? This post will share some tips on how to make the perfect s’more, as well as a few additional recipes for those who want to try something different. Stay tuned for the top tips on how to create the ultimate s’mores experience!
How Long Have People Been Eating S’mores?
It’s hard to say exactly when people started eating s’mores, but the first documented recipe for the classic campfire treat appeared in a Girl Scout handbook in 1927. The recipe, which was called “Some More,” calls for graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars to be combined around a campfire. While it’s not clear how the recipe got its name, it’s easy to see how this simple combination of ingredients quickly became a favorite among Scouts and campers.
Today, s’mores are enjoyed by people of all ages and are found in everything from cookbooks to cereal boxes. Though the traditional recipe has remained largely unchanged, there are now endless variations on the classic s’more, making it a treat you can enjoy all year round.
Tips To Make A Perfect S’more
Although making a s’more is as simple as layering chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers and roasting it over a fire, a few key tips can help you get the perfect s’more every time. Some of these tips include:
Build The Right Fire
Before you even start constructing your s’more, you must make sure that you build the right fire. For starters, you’ll need a good bed of hot coals. If you’re using wood, ensure it has been well-seasoned and dry. Avoid using green wood, as this will create too much smoke and make it difficult to roast your marshmallows.
Once you have a good bed of coals, use a stick to push them to one side of the fire pit, which will create a hotter area for roasting marshmallows, while on the cooler side, you can use it for melting chocolate and assembling s’mores. You should also be sure to use the right type of firewood. Hardwoods, like maple, oak, and beech, are best for s’more-making since they burn hotter and cleaner than soft woods.
Get The Right Type Of Chocolate
There’s nothing quite like a s’more to satisfy your sweet tooth. But many people don’t realize that not all chocolate is created equal when it comes to making the perfect s’more. The key is to find chocolate with the right balance of sweetness and creaminess, with just a hint of bitterness, which ensures that the chocolate won’t be too overwhelming and will complement the other flavors in the s’more.
Milk chocolate is often too sweet, while dark chocolate can be too bitter. Semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate is usually the best choice. And while some may say that Hersey’s milk chocolate is the best option for s’mores, many high-quality brands also make excellent choices.
Pick The Right Size Of Marshmallows
The size of your marshmallows can make a big difference in the taste and texture of your s’more. But how do you know which size to choose? It all depends on your preferences and what you’re looking for in a s’more. For a traditional s’more, go for medium-sized marshmallows. They’ll roast evenly and produce that perfect balance of gooeyness and crunch. If you want a more intense chocolate flavor, opt for smaller marshmallows, so there’s more room for chocolate chips or squares.
And if you’re looking for a truly indulgent treat, go for jumbo marshmallows – they’ll give you a fluffy, pillow-soft bite in every bite. No matter what size you choose, be sure to toast your marshmallows over the flames until they’re golden brown – that’s when they’re at their best.
Have The Right Stick For Roasting
If you’ve ever made a s’more before, you know that the key to the perfect ratio of chocolate to marshmallow is all in the roasting. Get the marshmallow too close to the flames, and you’ll end up with a charred disaster, but leave it too far away, and you’ll be left with a sad, unmelted mess. The key is to find that sweet spot where the marshmallow is perfectly golden brown and slightly gooey on the inside. But to do that, you need the right stick.
First, it needs to be long enough to keep your hand safe from the fire. But more importantly, it needs to be strong enough to support the weight of the marshmallow without bending or breaking. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a frustrating (and potentially dangerous) Rochester suckling on your stick instead of a delicious marshmallow.
Stack The Ingredients Perfectly!
Once you have the right fire, chocolate, marshmallows, and stick ready to go, it’s time to build your s’more. Take a square of chocolate and break it in half or thirds depending on how big you want your s’mores to be. Next, take your marshmallow and hold it over the flames, careful not to let it get too close.
Once it’s golden brown on all sides and slightly gooey inside, remove it from the fire and place it between two graham crackers with a piece of chocolate on top. Press down firmly until the chocolate melts, then slowly pull the marshmallow away from the cracker until it slides off easily.
Bonus S’more Recipes
- Pumpkin Spice S’more: Spread a layer of pumpkin butter onto the graham cracker and top with a toasted marshmallow. Drizzle with chocolate, then sprinkle with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for an extra dose of fall flavor!
- Nutella S’mores: Swap out regular chocolate for hazelnut or chocolate-hazelnut spread, such as Nutella, which adds a delicious hazelnut flavor to your s’more that pairs perfectly with roasted marshmallows and graham crackers.
- Mint S’mores: Add a refreshing twist to your classic s’more by spreading some mint chocolate chip ice cream on the graham cracker before adding the roasted marshmallow and chocolate. Top with a splash of mint extract for an extra dose of minty goodness!
- Peanut Butter S’mores: Mix things up with peanut butter instead of regular chocolate, giving your s’more a rich and nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with toasted marshmallows and graham crackers. You can even add some chopped peanuts on top for added texture!
Go Out And Make A Perfect S’more!
Whether you’re looking for the perfect classic s’more or are on a quest to try something new, there are plenty of delicious tips and recipes to explore. Whether you choose jumbo marshmallows, use a stronger stick for roasting, or add some extra flavor with Nutella, mint, or peanut butter, you’re sure to end up with a delicious and satisfying treat. So grab your roasting stick and get to work – the perfect s’more is just around the corner! And who doesn’t love a good s’more?