When you think of camping food one of the first treats to come to mind is smores.
This gooey goodness of graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate has been delighting campers since at least 1927, when the first published recipe for ‘some mores', appeared in “Tramping & Trailing with the Girl Scouts”.
Why are smores called smores?
The contraction of ‘some more' is said to be how
kids asked for another. “Gimme s'more!”
While no one knows who invented s'mores, the recipe is credited to Loretta Scott Crew who made this campfire treat for Girl Scouts.
How to Make Smores (the Classic Recipe)
The simplicity of the s'more is what makes it a perfect camping treat.
What you need:
- Graham Crackers
- Milk Chocolate Bar
Making smores is as simple as 1-2-3.
- Split graham cracker in half, place chocolate on one half of graham cracker. (Hershey's bars are terrific for this as they can be split in small sections to fit your graham cracker.)
- Place marshmallow on a toasting fork (I prefer a 2 prong fork as opposed to a wooden skewer) and toast over campfire to desired done-ness (I like a just-toasted golden brown over charred black, but to each their own).
- Quickly place hot marshmallow over the chocolate covered graham cracker square. Gently hold second graham cracker half over the marshmallow and slowly remove the skewer.
Now, in a s'more perfect world, the hot marshmallow will melt the chocolate bar, creating a blended treat of marshmallow and chocolate.
But what usually happens is the toasted marshmallow isn't quite warm enough to melt the chocolate. Or you are in too much of a hurry to eat the treat and the marshmallow just doesn't have time to melt the chocolate.
So you have a treat that is good- but not as good as it could be.
How to Make Smores Meltier
In a perfect s'more the roasted marshmallow melts the chocolate to create a warm, gooey blend. But that can be difficult to manage if you are impatient or don't take the time to toast your marshmallow until it is warmed through.
Luckily I have a few easy tricks to help you achieve the perfect blend of gooey marshmallow and melted chocolate.
- If you are making your s'mores by a campfire you can try placing the chocolate covered graham cracker on a piece of tin foil near the fire. The heat should help soften it.
- If you happen to be RV camping you can always use the ‘make smores at home' trick and put the chocolate covered graham cracker in the oven to broil for a minute or two.
- Or you could try the hack that completely cuts out the middle man… Yep, get rid of the chocolate bar.
Stuffed Puffs Make Smores Even Easier
My family had the opportunity to try Stuffed Puffs upon their release. These chocolate filled marshmallows proved to be the solution to making the perfect s'more.
As you slowly toast your marshmallow to perfection the chocolate filling melts, too. And when you press your marshmallow between the graham cracker halves you have a melty mix of chocolate and marshmallow. My daughter described it to be like eating hot chocolate.
Not only is the chocolate beautifully melted, but it helps to warm the marshmallow from the inside, creating a complete blending of the two ingredients.
It's so good you might even skip the graham cracker.