For many, a campfire just isn’t a campfire without graham crackers and milk chocolate to upgrade your toasted marshmallows. While s’mores are still a summertime treat, the flavor combination is so beloved that it’s increasingly infiltrated the indoors in recent years, in the form of sugar-bomb cookie bars, skillet dips, and ice cream combinations.
We’re still purists, and our heart belongs to the original. Even if the flavor of a marshmallow toasted over the glowing embers of a campfire isn’t actually superior to one flashed over a gas grill, there’s something to be said for context having a lot to do with taste; the entire s’mores experience really is better under the stars.
Let’s say fires aren’t permitted at your site, however. Or maybe you think camping is for the birds. Either way, we rounded up plenty of creative s’mores variations to make your summer as gooey-melty-crispy as possible.
Everyone’s favorite sandwich cookies meets everyone’s favorite dessert sandwich. Since this first appeared on Cakespy, Nabisco’s launched S’mores Oreos. You could take this to the next logical step and make s’moreos out of S’mores Oreos.
Ques Vida Rica
Let’s say you’re backpacking in to a site where campfires are not allowed. This solves two problems: flour tortillas are way more packable than graham crackers, and you can make these on a skillet over a camp stove. Here’s Que Rica Vide’s version. For more authenticity, use whole-wheat tortillas.
Nutella S’mores (photo credit tablespoon.com/)
Everyone’s favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread stands in for the milk chocolate bars here. Add some banana slices, too. Here’s a tutorial (if you need one) from Tablespoon.
Whole Wheat S’mores Cookies
Bon Appetit/Con Poulos
Yet another no-campfire-required treat, these cookies from Bon Appetit utilize whole wheat flour and milk chocolate chips, and balance flavors surprisingly well—you really get a nice, nutty hit of graham and creamy, smooth milk chocolate.
S’mores Puppy Chow
Sally’s Baking Addiction
You can munch this Chex Mix/S’mores riff (from Sally’s Baking Addiction) on the trail to replace the calories you burned scrambling over that gnarly scree field. Or eat it as your desk at work, where calories linger longer.
Fudge Striped Cookies S’mores
Butter with a Side of Bread
Reduce your camping list slightly: fudge stripe cookies knock out the chocolate and the cookie in one fell swoop. Pretty self-explanatory, but here’s the link.
Peanut Butter S’mores
suggests using addictive Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers on the outside and creamy, nutty peanut butter on the inside.
Grilled Bread with Chocolate, Salt, and Olive Oil
Okay, so this is totally not a s’more, but it’s so good, especially at the end of a fancy-pants summer grilling session when you’re kind of drunk on nice wine. Slices of crusty bread get a little charred on the grill, and shards of best-quality dark chocolate melt seductively on the hot bread. Top it all off with some flakes of salt and a drizzle of olive oil, and you won’t think a single time about where the marshmallows are.
Photo by Andrew Butitta CC BY-SA
Sara Bir is Paste’s food editor. She liked golden-brown toasted marshmallows, but she’ll take the burned one you dropped in the ashes if you’re not going to eat it.