Is there any summer dessert more iconic than a s’more? It’s delicious, gooey, and loved by almost everyone. Lucky for you, August 10th just happens to be National S’mores Day so your excuse to indulge is here!
S’Mores Fun Fact: 104 Campers at Deer Run Camping Resort in Gardners, PA built the world’s largest s’more on May 31, 2014. It weighed a whopping 267 pounds and consisted of 140 pounds of marshmallows, 90 pounds of chocolate, and 90 pounds of graham crackers.
The classic s’more – a roasted marshmallow and piece of chocolate stuffed between two pieces of graham crackers – are the ingredients you usually reach for when you want to create this yummy summer treat.
But if that is all you are using to create your summer treat, you could be missing out!
I was until last summer when my family and I decided to branch out and create our own s’mores charcuterie board.
Check out my ideas below for unique ingredients, where to cook your s’mores (hint: you don’t need an actual campfire), and the best tools for roasting!
Where to Cook ‘Em
You don’t need to be on a camping trip or have a fire pit in your backyard to enjoy this favorite summer treat. Need an alternative? Look no further than your grill – whether gas or charcoal. Note: coals tend to give you a more consistent ‘burn’ with faster cook time. You can also cook s’mores in the microwave, over a gas stove, or in the broiler. Really pressed for ways to cook your marshmallow? A candle will work although your cook time might be quite a bit longer.
Choose the Right Tools
The classic wooden stick undoubtedly makes for a much more classic experience. However, if you’re like me and don’t live in a heavily wooded area where you can easily find thick sticks to sharpen, you can use a metal rod or coat hanger. The metal will also allow the marshmallows to cook faster on your s’more since they conduct heat, just make sure to only hold the rod on the handle.
Thinking Outside the Cracker
Graham crackers, with or without cinnamon sugar, are essential to building your s’more. They are thick and sturdy and allow for great support for all your delicious ingredients. If you want to get more creative try substituting a chocolate graham cracker. Want to be even more adventurous? Go for chocolate chip cookies, rice krispies or even Pizzelles.
All About the Stuffing
When you think about it, is there really anything that cannot be put inside a s’more? Instead of using a plain Hershey’s chocolate bar my new favorite is a Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel square. You could also step it up a notch by using a Reese’s peanut butter cup. More options? Nutella, pretzels, bacon, bananas, strawberries, or caramel.
Building a S’mores Charcuterie Board
Having a party and want to present your guests with a delicious dessert charcuterie board? A S’mores board is a great way to involve guests of all ages! Try to offer a few different types of chocolate such as milk, dark, and white to really please everyone’s palettes. I would suggest putting marshmallows in-between each filling to separate your colors which will be more pleasing to the eye. Include 3 to 5 fillings in addition to the chocolate and marshmallows, but you can definitely include as many as you would like.
Fun Fact: It is estimated that approximately 50 percent of marshmallows sold during the summer are purchased for making S’mores.