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Trail Chef: Summer's Best S'mores

Sure, regular old marshmallow/chocolate/graham treats are great. But you can do better.

I dare you: Find me a campfire night anytime, anywhere, that wouldn't be improved by a few gooey, sugar-plus-more-sugar sandwiches of deliciousness. It doesn't matter if you're in the wilderness or your own backyard: There's a very good reason the mighty s'more reigns supreme over all other outdoor desserts.
I'd never turn down a classic graham cracker + marshmallow + Hershey bar concoction, mind you. But why not spice it up a little? Whip out one of these six upgrades this weekend and you'll be the star of the campfire circle, guaranteed.

SIX S'MORE UPGRADES
With thanks to Genny Fullerton, our senior associate photo editor, and Kevin Callan, author of Wilderness Pleasures.

The Johnny Appleseed
Apple-cinnamon graham crackers + marshmallow + apple slices

The Minty Fresh
Chocolate grahams + marshmallow + Andes mints

The Kindergarten Classic
Honey grahams + peanut butter + marshmallow + chocolate

The Tropical
Grahams + dried mango + marshmallow + coconut shavings

The Mexican S'more
Grahams + chili powder + cinnamon + marshmallow + chocolate

The Inside-Out
Roast a marshmallow, then while it's still on the stick, roll it in a shallow plate full of chocolate syrup and crushed graham crackers.

And now I double-dare you: Go out this weekend and find me a s'mores recipe to top these. Post 'em in the comments below, or send 'em to recipes@backpacker.com. We'll publish our faves in the upcoming Readers' Choice issue.

—Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Image credit: Phil Hawksworth

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"Pinecones" - roast a marshmallow, then roll it in hershey's chocolate syrup, then roll it in rice krispies. A favorite with my scouts!

Big Unit
Jun 24, 2010

Ginger Snaps, Nutella, and marshmallow!

Anonymous
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Amanda
Jun 22, 2010

How about the Death by Chocolate:
Chocolate marshmallow, dark chocolate bar, chocolate graham cracker

AR
Jun 22, 2010

This article came at the right time.. Going for camping in Redwood national park this weekend, and we will definitely try this spin on the traditional s'mores.. Thank you :)

AR
Jun 22, 2010

This article came at the right time.. Going for camping in Redwood national park this weekend, and we will definitely try this spin on the traditional s'mores.. Thanks you :)

Jeff Q
Jun 22, 2010

The Lazy Smore is to take a roasted marshmallow and place it between a couple of Chips Ahoy cookies (use the original and not the soft version). Quick and good.

JP Gayan
Jun 22, 2010

Replace the Hershey's Bar with a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Amazing!

Jason
Jun 22, 2010

2 Chips Ahoy
1 Hot Marshmallow
1 Pretzel
1 Block of Carmello Candy
The Perfect Dessert!

Deb
Jun 22, 2010

Change the flavor a bit by picking up several Ghiradelli chocolate bars: dark chocolate, white chocolate, raspberry chocolate...it's all good

Riedl family
Jun 22, 2010

our favorite is Nutella instead of the Hershy bar - perfectly gooey with the hint of hazelnut!!!!

Riedl family
Jun 22, 2010

our favorite is Nutella instead of the Hershy bar - perfectly gooey with the hint of hazelnut!!!!

M
Jun 22, 2010

Some of these sound terrific! My traditional s'more is cinnamon grahams, Sweet and Sara's vegan toasted coconut marshmallows, and a bit of chocolate w/almonds stuffed and warmed inside the marshmallow. Option B: instead of using a chocolate piece, spread the grahams with Nutella.

ELCM
Apr 01, 2010

I've got to agree with those that say use a peanut butter cup instead of the chocolate bar! Nothing better...

cricket
Mar 31, 2010

the very best thing to do is add things to the middle of the roasted mallow before squishing it between your "cracker" of choice. we've stuffed them with sliced strawberries, blueberries, pineapple,almonds,peanuts,pretzels,peanutbutter chips - wheatever we have in camp. it can turn into the "what's that in the middle of my smore" game. the craziest add was a leftover meatball from dinner the night before. so much fun !!

Kyle
Jan 10, 2010

The only way I can get my wife to go backpacking with me is to pack in Smore-terials for every night. She loves the classic smore with a reese's cup.

Barb
Aug 14, 2009

My Girl Scout troop has found that the best smores are when you take a roasted marshmallow and put it in between 2 Thanks-a-lot Girl Scout cookies. They are shortbread cookies with chocolate on on side. They are quite divine. And the chocolate always melts. Delicious :))))

Maria
Jul 23, 2009

Prior to roasting, dip your marshmellow in clean water. Roast to a perfect golden brown with a gooey inside, and place between two Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies. Delicious!! And it supports girls in the out of doors! Couldn't be better

Richard Ruch
Jul 20, 2009

Take your hot toasted marshmallow and put it on a Reeses Peanut Butter cup and put the graham crackers on. This one is a hit or try a Peppermint Pattie in place of the RPBcup.

Lisa
Jul 19, 2009

I slowly toast my marshmallow until they are twice the size with an even caramel colored exterior then swiftly remove from stick and insert chocolate into center. Done right, there is little to no mess and chocolate melts immediately!

Sherry
Jul 18, 2009

actually Keebler fudge stripe cookies replace both the graham cracker and the chocolate. Chocolate starts to melt right away.

Kevin
Jul 18, 2009

No Graham Crackers? Make a Chocolate Bomb. One square of chocolate shoved into the center of a marshmallow and then toasted to melty goodness, just can get a little messy. Deelisious.

Marty
Jul 17, 2009

Try a shaggy dog:
roasted marshmallow
roll it in Hershey's chocolate syrup
and then roll that in shredded coconut.

Harlene
Jul 17, 2009

Darn....here I'm ready to go backpacking tomorrow with the aim to REALLY cut down on extras! Sure hope the local WalMart has the needed ingredients.
The benefit of the chocolat,marshmallows,crackers will definitely be worth the extra weight!

Randy of the Redwoods.
Jul 17, 2009

For an outstanding treat, make a smore with a reeses peanut butter cup instead of a chocholate bar!!!!

Rob
Jul 17, 2009

The most fun smore to toast is the "Peeps" Smore, or any of the other friendly woodland creatures of the Peeps Family, like the Bunnies. You know what I'm talking about, the yellow or pink sugar coated marsmallow treats that come around Easter time! Simply substitute these for your boring white marshmallow and embrace your sadistic side as you glaze the sugar on the outside of your Peep, or ignite all that sugar in a firey blaze. Since they're softer than regular marshmallows they don't need to be toasted as long. Then smash them between your regular Grahams and Chocolate. It certainly makes the roasting process much more fun. And now I hear they have other creatures for other holidays for Peep torching year 'round!!

Erhard
Jul 17, 2009

Toast marshmallows as usual, then place between two Petit Ecolier "The Little Schoolboy" chocolate biscuit cookies for an elegant s'more. They come in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate and hazelnut for variety.

Erhard
Jul 17, 2009

Toast marshmallows as usual, then place between two Petit Ecolier "The Little Schoolboy" chocolate biscuit cookies for an elegant s'more. They come in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate and hazelnut for variety.

Evelyn
Jul 17, 2009

A friend sent this link to me and I don't know why she didn't add our creation to the list, so I will.

Rather than use graham crackers we have tried chunks ahoy double chocolate chewy cookies with natural peanut butter on the cookie and warm the cookie while roasting the marshmallow and you have the best s'more I have ever had, although some of the ones above sound pretty yummy! We have also tried the regular chunks ahoy chocolate chip and they were the best until the double choco chewy ones :)

VenturaDoc
Jul 17, 2009

I personally enjoy what I call "Smore-devours" pronounced like "hors devors." It's the same great taste as a smore, whatever flavor you like, but much less messy. You simply don't put the 2nd graham cracker on top. So you have a cracker with chocolate and marshmallow, and you simply incise your way through all of the goodness without it smushing all out on the sides of the graham sandwich. :-)

Smallblock93
Jul 16, 2009

I'm a traditionalist, all these recipes sound pretty good. But, for me and my family, the only change we've made is to swap milk chocolate for dark. After Mom's heart attack we decided it was a little "healthier" for her that way. Plus, the dark chocolate really takes it to another level and it's not quite as sweet as the original. Special Dark S'mores for us from now on!

Conor
Jul 16, 2009

the "gnar-smore"

traditional smore with maple fudge added.

nuff said

George
Jul 16, 2009

Can't claim this one as my own, but its been nicknamed the Smorewhich:

Take one piece of bread, smear with a good coating of chocolate cake frosting, and put two marshmellows on the end. Then, roll the bread up around the marshmellows, add two toothpicks to hold it all together, and then....
roll it around in the previously prepared funnel cake batter, or pancake mix, and head over to the turkey deep frier you brought along.

1-2 minutes later, fish out your unbelievable Smorewhich, and enjoy!

Laura
Jul 16, 2009

The Lemon Meringue (great for those unfortunate people who are allergic to chocolate):

Shortbread cookies
Lemon Curd
Toasted Marshmallow

And the Elvis:

Graham Crackers
Chocolate
Peanut Butter
Banana slices
Toasted Marshmallow

kevin
Jul 16, 2009

pb cup smores are the best but something almost as good is to use 2 girl scout thin mint cookies sans the grahm and proceed as usual.

Crazy about Coco-nut
Jul 16, 2009

A few years ago I was able to find marshmallows that had coconut on the outside. The coconut gets all toasty. Smother one of those things in some nutella and sandwich between your classic graham, and you've got yourself a double nut delicious treat.

Jouhanna
Jul 16, 2009

Actually, my favourite smores recipe came about accidently while hanging own in my own backyard. My niche to improvise due to the lack of the graham crackers.... Here comes the saltine!!! Wao, pure genius!!! As the salty meets the luscious guirardelli semi-sweet ,then a roasted marshmallow on the smoky side.... Oh, it is just divine. I am never coming back for the original fixture.

Jouhanna

Smores-a-holic
Jul 16, 2009

One more..... use Nutella spread on the graham crackers.

Smores-a-holic
Jul 16, 2009

Chocolate covered Peeps are the bomb!!

Tried pie crust squares, graham crumbs, chocolate chips and mini marshmallows to create a smore pie pocket. Bake for 10 min and have very happy kids!!

callook66
Jul 16, 2009

I've always preferred mine inside out! chocolate on top and bottom with the marshmallow and graham cracker in the middle. that way when you bite into it, not only do you get more chocolate, but it doesn't crumble all over the place. Aaaaaand... more chocolate.

Can I Have S'more...
Jul 16, 2009

Here are two recipes from A Fork in the Trail.

Raspberry S'mores

Makes 2 servings

S’mores are even more decadent with a dollop of raspberry jam inside.

2 teaspoons raspberry jam
4 graham crackers
1 –2 1/2 ounce milk chocolate bar
2 large marshmallows

At Home
Package the jam in a leakproof container. Wrap the graham crackers in plastic wrap. Pack the marshmallows and the chocolate bar.

At Camp
Spread raspberry jam on 2 graham crackers. Top with enough of the milk chocolate to cover each cracker. Toast the marshmallows. Place one toasted marshmallow on top of the chocolate on each cracker. Top with another graham cracker and serve.

and

Tastes Like S'mores Pie

Want S’more? This no-bake pie is great for kids.

1 package instant chocolate pudding (4-serving size)
1 pouch Dream Whip instant topping
1/3 cup powdered instant milk
6–8 graham crackers
1/3 cup miniature marshmallows
2 1/4 cups water

At Home
Package the pudding, Dream Whip, and milk powder in a ziplock freezer bag. Place the graham crackers in another ziplock bag. Place the marshmallows in plastic wrap or another ziplock bag. Put both bags in with the pudding mixture.

At Camp
Break up the graham crackers and place them in the bottom of a pan or divide them among the bowls. Pour the pudding mixture into a wide-mouth Nalgene bottle or a ziplock freezer bag. Add 2–2 1/4 cups cool water.

Close tightly and shake until thick. Pour the pudding over the graham crackers. Top with the marshmallows. Let sit for a few minutes and enjoy.

Tip
If you prefer to use large marshmallows, toast them before putting them on top of the pie.



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Jul 13, 2009

Can't take credit, but ny son's boy scout patrol makes the S'Maco.

Think s'mores wrapped in a flour tortilla.

Mmmmmighty tasty and some good carbs to keep you warm at night and a lot less mess.

Sarah Kirkconnell
Jul 10, 2009

I use homemade marshmallows (most commercial ones contain artificial blue dye). I make Alton Brown's Good Eats recipe. Then proceed as usual.

Actually making the marshmallows in advance takes it to a level that is worth the time spent. Well, that and using real chocolate and not nasty "H" brand!

Danielle
Jul 10, 2009

I love to use peanut butter cups instead with cinnamon graham crackers and two marshmallows! OR another goodie is to use twix! YUM!

Jeff Haley
Jul 10, 2009

Break up the chocolate bar into small triangular peices less than a centimeter on the shortest edge.

Then push the chocolate bits into the raw marshmallow.
Roast the marshmallow as normal and sandwich between two crackers.

The resulting chocolate infused marshmallow is a great backcountry assortment of textures and flavors.

Plus you can get away with carrying less chocolate per smore. Or you have more chocolate to share.

nickyjusa
Jul 10, 2009

My fam and I love to sub the choco out with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! It's more addictive than trad climbing!

Dicentra
Jul 10, 2009

Oooohhh... A food question! How about peanut butter, chocolate shortbread cookies and marshmellows. Even better if you can find the chocolate marshmellows.

Or chocolate graham crackers and strawberry jam.

Or graham crackers and lemon curd.

SeattleCasbah
Jul 10, 2009

Elisabeth - my friends and I discovered the best smores ever...called them "Easter Eggs". Just buy chocolate covered marshmellows that come out around easter and roast. The chocolate slowly warms up while the marshmellow inside liquifies. Its done when the chocolate starts to run.

Add to graham cracker and you have the best, easiest smores created.

If that's too traditional for you, Peeps are also a great marshmellow substitute!

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