1. National S’Mores Day.
You can celebrate this holiday on August 10th in the United States. As you work through different ways to make and enjoy s’mores, keep a list so you can host an event featuring this tasty treat.
2. Basic s’more.
A basic s’more is a stack of a graham cracker, chocolate bar, cooked marshmallow and another graham cracker. This makes a sandwich. Make a basic s’more over a campfire.
3. Make it indoors.
Sometimes making a fire for s’mores is a bit much . . . especially if you have younger girls to consider. Change the process, not the recipe. Assemble s’mores (minus the top graham cracker) on a baking tray and place in your oven. Bake for 3-5 minutes at 400°F until the marshmallows are puffed and brown. Place the top graham cracker on and serve immediately.
Of course, you can also do this in your microwave one at a time at High power for 30 seconds. Try both and see which you like better.
4. Changing up ingredients.
Let’s look at some of the ingredients and possible replacement items.
The graham crackers might be replaced with:
- Flavored graham crackers
- Shortbread cookies
- Chocolate chip cookies
- Ice cream cone
The chocolate bar might be replaced with:
- Peanut butter cup
- Hershey kiss (no top graham cracker)
- Chocolate frosting
- Chocolate syrup
- Chocolate chips
The marshmallows might be replaced with:
- Flavored marshmallows
- Marshmallow fluff
- Whipped cream
5. Optional ingredients.
Kids may not like one or more part of a traditional s’more. Brainstorm ingredients you can add to make the simple treat even more delicious. Here are a few to start you out.
- Peanut butter
- Ice cream (serve cold)
- Jelly / jam
Experiment with these and your own ideas to find new favorites.
6. S’mores fun.
If you don’t want to do a “sandwich” treat, try putting the elements in a bowl, pie or other confection. Experiment with not only the basic recipe, but the changed ingredients as well.
Non-edible s’mores can be fun too. Use fun foam or felt in appropriate colors for s’more SWAPs. Try making them like this or design your own s’more SWAP.
8. S’more sharing.
Collect your favorite concoctions and share them with others. You can do this in print or by making and sharing the actual s’mores you make.
9. Host a s’mores event.
Create your own s’mores event. This might be a “make the best s’more” challenge or a campfire with songs and s’mores. Brainstorm some more unusual events including s’mores as well.
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