We’re not sure when (or why) the s’more was invented, but if we ever meet the genius who first decided to squish a roasted marshmallow between two hunks of graham cracker and a bar of chocolate, we’re prepared to high-five them for hours.
What could be better than a snack you can create by a roaring fire under the stars? And they are literally nicknamed after what people say when they eat one: “Give me some more.” Despite the mess, we’re diehard fans — but if the campfire combination is starting to feel stale (you monster!), here are five tasty variations sure to light the spark once more.
Make them with a new candy
No offense to Hershey’s devotees, but sometimes we prefer candy with a little something extra in our s’mores. Try melted a Reese’s peanut butter cup or a York peppermint patty, or toss a Kit Kat into the mix for some crunch. Your taste buds won’t know what happened.
Make them with preserves
Don’t let this season’s blueberries go to waste during the next one. Can them now so you can spread them under your marshmallow later. The tangy taste of berries, apricots, peaches and plums is the perfect excuse to have a s’more for breakfast. We won’t judge.
Make them in a cone
If we have one gripe with the classic s’more, it’s that our hands (not to mention our hiking pants) end up covered in goop. But it’s easy to bypass crumbling graham crackers: Just put all of the ingredients into an ice cream cone!
Fill a sugar cone with chocolate, marshmallows and berries and wrap tightly in tin foil. Roast over the fire and open up to a sloppy concoction that stays where it’s supposed to.
Make them “healthy”
If you’re watching your figure, try subbing in some health-minded alternatives to your ingredients list. Use dark chocolate instead of milk, or add in sliced bananas and strawberries to the mix. Try tossing some unsalted peanuts on the melted marshmallow, or spread a layer of almond butter on the bottom graham cracker. OK, so this won’t exactly propel us to an Ironman victory, but we can pretend, right?
Make them in a pastry
If you’re feeling fancy (or have a few camping-averse friends to impress), our newest invention might just fit the mood. In a Ziploc bag, smash up a few graham crackers. Unroll some pastry dough or crescent roll dough (find these near the butter and eggs at the grocery store) and fill the center with the graham cracker crumbs, some chocolate chunks and some broken-up marshmallow.
Wrap the dough up into a bundle so none of the fillings can escape. Roast in the oven or on a pan in the fire. It’s even better if you can use a Moonpie or grilled-cheese maker like the Camp Chef Sandwich Cook ($18.99).
Grill until the dough is cooked through, then eat until you can’t ask for “s’more” anymore.