S’Mores! We’ve all had ‘em. We all love ‘em. Gathering around your backyard campfire or fire pit and spending time roasting marshmallows is a favorite childhood memory for many. It’s also an experience we want to keep having!
Next time you’re hosting a party out back and have the fire lighted, be sure to provide your guests with all the S’Mores-making essentials we’ve outline below. Beyond those key ingredients, we also suggest a few fun twists on the typical s’mores formula!
S’Mores Essential Ingredients
To make things easy, you’ll want to create a S’Mores-ingredients station near your fire pit. It should be fully stocked with all of the following:
- Graham Crackers – Remember there’s now a wide variety of graham crackers available. Try all flavors to keep things interesting!
- Marshmallows – Definitely get the biggest marshmallows you can find.
- Chocolate Bars – Chocolate is the one ingredient in a S’Mores that’s replaceable. You can try some of the ideas below — but definitely make sure you have plenty of chocolate available, too!
Bonus S’Mores Ingredients
With those basics in place, you can try some S’Mores bonus ingredients. With these, you’ll be the talk of the town:
- Peanut Butter Cups – Swap out a chocolate bar for a peanut butter cup for some rich and creamy s’mores!
- Peeps – These marshmallow treats will add color to the typical earth tones of your s’mores.
- Peanut Butter – Try spreading peanut butter on your graham cracker.
- Nutella – Don’t want to wait for chocolate to melt? Try this tasty hazelnut spread on your s’mores.
- Ice Cream –If you can eat it fast enough, ice cream makes a great addition to a toasty-warm s’mores.
- Cookies – Try substituting your favorite homemade cookies for graham crackers.
Beyond the basic ingredients for your S’Mores snacks, your guests will also appreciate these helpful tools and supplies while they make, eat and clean up these legendary treats:
- Napkins – Marshmallows are sticky, and napkins will be greatly appreciated. Wet napkins are even better!
- S’Mores Forks – For those of you who want to upgrade from a dirty stick to something a little more hygenic, try a set of S’Mores Forks.
- Plates – When your S’Mores production ramps up, you’ll want some plates to stack all your treats.
- Dunk Bucket – If a marshmallow catches on fire and is too far gone for a s’mores, don’t just flick it into the fire where it can stick to the wall of your fire pit. Dunk it in the bucket and wrap it in a napkin.
- Trash Bags – Have a bag ready to throw away refuse that you don’t want to add to the fire.
- Roasting Expert – Not so much a tool, but an assistant. Designate one adult to be the marshmallow roasting expert to help the kids. It’s the expert’s job to teach kids how close to the fire they should hold their marshmallows, how to extract them from a S’Mores Fork and what to do in case a marshmallow catches ablaze.
The Avant Garden Décor Favorite
Here at Avant Garden Decor, we have our own favorite S’Mores recipe. Instead of a simple chocolate bar, we swap it for a peanut butter cup!
- Large Marshmallows
- Graham Crackers
- Large Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (or a jar of creamy peanut butter and milk chocolate bars)
- Gently roast a large marshmallow on a long fire-safe fork over a fire. When the marshmallow is sufficiently warm and golden-brown, place the marshmallow on a graham cracker. Stack a large peanut butter cup on top of the marshmallow followed by another graham cracker and enjoy!
- A spoonful of creamy peanut butter and bar of milk chocolate can also be used in lieu of the peanut butter cup.
(View the full Peanut Butter S’Mores Recipe)