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Picture of S'mores
10 Ways to Make Better S’mores
Plus a delicious recipe for s’more crispy treats
By Jennon Bell Hoffmann
Nothing says summertime quite like a s’more. With three simple ingredients—a graham cracker, a marshmallow, and chocolate—the fireside treat packs a lot of delight in a small package.
Whether you make s’mores once a year or it’s part of your usual summertime dessert rotation, there are tons of ways to get creative and step up your s’more skills. Here are 10 tips and tricks on making tastier s’mores—from beginner to expert level—that both sophisticated palates and nostalgic purists will enjoy.
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SKIP TO THE RECIPE: S’mores Crispy Bars
SKIP TO THE RECIPE: S’mores Crispy Bars
SKIP TO THE RECIPE: S’mores Crispy Bars
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Kick your preassembly up a notch.
Preassembly is a great way to optimize the “warm marshmallow melts chocolate” window. Before heating your marshmallow, break your graham cracker in half and place a chunk of chocolate onto one of the halves. If you prefer to avoid a sticky mess, cut your marshmallow in half for the same sweet taste but less ooze. Roast your marshmallow, then using the top half of your graham cracker, immediately scrape the marshmallow directly from the skewer onto the other half with chocolate, and sandwich. This will help the hot marshmallow melt the chocolate.
Find the perfect roasting spot.
The key to achieving a perfect marshmallow—a deliciously gooey center with a toasted, golden-brown outside—is to pay attention to where heat from the fire is hitting the marshmallow. Cook your marshmallow on the upwind side of the fire, about 6 inches above the coals and away from flames. Be sure to rotate it evenly to warm through thoroughly.
No campfire? No problem.
An open fire may be the traditional way to roast your marshmallow to perfection, but if you don’t have access to one, you can use a grill, stovetop, oven, or even a microwave. Be sure to watch the marshmallow closely, as it can go from almost done to a gooey, sticky mess in just a few unsupervised seconds. If using a microwave, cook for only a few seconds at a time until the marshmallow shape softens, but before it oozes over.
Swap out ingredients.
Ingredient swaps are the easiest way to take your s’more to the next level. For example, exchange your milk chocolate with a peanut butter cup, dark chocolate, caramel chews, or chocolate hazelnut spread. And for the graham cracker substitute, anything sturdy like shortbread or a cookie will do.
S’more Tips
Roasting sticks or poles?
Either way works! Some say metal skewers are better than sticks because they get hot without catching fire and offer better precision. But purists may insist hunting for the perfect stick outdoors is crucial to the s’mores experience.

If you’re using a stick, make sure it’s long enough to reach the fire source while keeping your hands safely away, and that it’s cleaned of any leaves or flaking bark. Try whittling the marshmallow side into a point for easier transfer to your graham cracker.

Top off your s’more with delicious additions.
For more complex flavor profiles, consider adding different ingredients. Fruits like bananas, strawberries, and blackberries, or fresh herbs and spices like mint and cinnamon are delicious additions that pair well with chocolate. Add-ons like bacon or lemon curd can help cut the sweetness of the marshmallow, whereas honey or salted caramel sauce can elevate the s’more into a decadent dessert.
Feed a crowd.
Want to quickly turn s’mores into one large, shareable dessert for the whole family? Place a layer of graham crackers on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Top the crackers with chocolate bars and marshmallows, then place the sheet under the broiler for two minutes, until the marshmallows are just starting to soften and caramelize. Take the sheet out of the oven and immediately (and carefully) top with another layer of graham crackers. A large sheet pan will fit about 20 graham cracker squares.
Make Expert-Level
Make your own marshmallows.
You can make soft, sweet marshmallows at home with a just few ingredients and some special equipment, including unflavored gelatin, corn syrup, confectioners and granulated sugar, and vanilla. It also helps if you have a candy thermometer, a standing mixer, a fine mesh sieve, and a pastry brush.

To start, dissolve the gelatin in water and set aside so you can cook a simple syrup mixture. Use a candy thermometer to get exact measurements. In a stand mixer, slowly combine the gelatin mixture to the simple syrup. When all is mixed, turn the stand mixer to high speed and whip the mix until it is fluffy and thick, then add any flavoring, such as vanilla extract or simple syrup with mint, chamomile, or orange liqueur.

Lastly, use a nonstick cooking spray to prep a 9x13 metal baking pan, then coat the pan with a confectioner’s sugar-and-cornstarch mixture, tapping out any excess. Then pour the marshmallow base into the baking pan and let it set up at room temperature for at least 4 hours. For specific instructions on how to do this, we recommend this recipe from the Food Network.

Top your marshmallow with
premium ingredients.
Top your marshmallow with premium ingredients.
Use a kitchen torch to singe the marshmallows, then dip them into chocolate melted in a double broiler. Sprinkle them with flaky sea salt, crushed pistachios, candied orange, toasted coconut, or other toppings for a sophisticated take on the nostalgic treat.
Try s’more-inspired desserts.
If you want to move away from the classic sandwich style, try a variety of desserts inspired by the three s’more ingredients. Think cupcakes with chocolate and marshmallow frosting, rice cereal treats with chunks of graham cracker, marshmallows, and chocolate, brownies with a torched marshmallow topping, and even chocolatey milkshakes with crumbled graham cracker sprinkled on top. Or, try our recipe for s’mores crispy bars below!
About the Writer
Jennon Bell Hoffmann writes lifestyle and human-interest stories from her home in Illinois.
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Recipe: S’mores Crispy Bars
Enjoy all the ingredients of a s’more with tasty bars covered in fun toppings
By Carly Orbon Sabev
Photography by Sarah VonderHaar
Graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate—the ingredients in a classic s’more—scream summertime. And they can be used in many ways beyond the traditional campfire sandwich to create delicious treats that the whole family will enjoy.

This recipe draws inspiration from rice crispy treats, combining butter, marshmallows, and graham crackers in place of rice cereal to create a bar base. Once formed and cooled, the crunchy bars get covered with a generous chocolate coating.

From there, get creative with different toppings. Some of our favorites include freeze-dried strawberries, sliced almonds, popcorn, and sprinkles.

Prep Time:
20 minutes
Double Broiler Time:
15 minutes
24 servings
2 tablespoons butter
4 cups marshmallows
27 (3 sleeves) graham crackers
Four 1.45-ounce dark or milk chocolate bars
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Cooking spray, for coating
¼ cup freeze dried strawberries
¼ cup almonds, sliced
½ cup air-popped buttered popcorn
2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles
Cooking spray, for coating
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  1. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Add marshmallows to butter and stir until melted together. Remove pan from heat.
  2. Place graham crackers in a gallon-size plastic bag. Using the back of a wooden spoon, break the graham crackers into ¼- to ½-inch pieces.
  3. Pour graham cracker pieces into the melted butter and marshmallow mixture. Stir together until the graham cracker chunks are completed coated.
  4. Coat a 13-by-9 baking pan with cooking spray. Using a buttered spatula or wax paper, transfer the graham cracker mixture to the pan and press the mixture evenly into the pan. Let cool.
  5. As the graham cracker mixture cools, melt your chocolate. Fill a medium pot a little less than halfway with water and bring to a simmer.
  6. Place a heat-proof glass bowl on top of the pot and add chocolate bars and coconut oil.
  7. Keep the pot over low heat and stir chocolate sauce until it’s silky smooth, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Once the graham cracker mixture is cool and the chocolate is melted, cut the graham cracker mixture into 2-inch bars. Dip the bars into the chocolate or drizzle the chocolate over the top.
  9. If you’d like, divide bars into four batches, and sprinkle one with (freeze-dried) strawberries, the second with sliced almonds, the third with popcorn, and the last one with sprinkles.
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Do you have a family recipe for a s’mores-inspired dessert? We’d love to see it! Send it to OutHere@TractorSupply.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue. If we publish your recipe, we’ll send you a $50 Tractor Supply Gift Card.
About the Writer
Carly Orbon Sabev is a chef and holistic health coach.

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