Every child loves to make s'mores, but you don't always have a campfire handy. Just because you can't make s'mores in the traditional way, however, doesn't mean that your kids have to miss out on the experience. There are plenty of creative (and tasty) ways to enjoy this toasted treat - keep reading to learn more!

Ways to Make S'mores Without a Fire

Making s'mores around the campfire is a classic summer activity, but it isn't the only way to make this tasty treat. Here are some creative ways to make s'mores without a fire:
  • Arrange graham crackers on a baking sheet and add a layer of chocolate on one cracker and a marshmallow on the other. Slide the baking sheet under the broiler until the marshmallow is puffed and toasted.
  • Place a cup of sterno inside a terra cotta pot filled with small stones. Light the sterno and then use it as a mini campfire to toast your s'mores.
  • When you don't have a campfire handy, a gas stove will work in a pinch. Just turn a burner on to medium-high heat and roast your marshmallows like you would over a campfire.
  • Instead of toasting your marshmallows in the broiler, try baking them in the oven. Depending what type of oven you have, you may have to experiment a bit to find the right temperature.
  • If all else fails, you can make s'mores in the microwave, though the marshmallows might turn out a little chewy. Just lay your two crackers side by side with chocolate on one and the marshmallow on the other.
Give these creative methods a try and then move on to the next section to try some tasty takes on the classic s'mores. You never know, you might decide that you like one of the alternative ways to make s'mores better than the original!

Tasty Takes on Classic S'mores

By using some of the methods from the previous section, you can enjoy s'mores any time of year. This being the case, you might also want to try some different takes on the classic s'mores recipe. Try replacing the graham crackers with a buttery biscuit and slather one some hazelnut spread and top it off with a toasted marshmallow. If you don't have a biscuit handy, split open a banana and build your s'mores using chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. For those with a sweet tooth, try using your favorite cookies as the crackers and add a layer of cookie dough to your s'more - you can also add some ice cream to create a s'mores ice cream sandwich.

You might even want to try making s'mores dip by melting a layer of chocolate in a cast iron skillet then topping it with marshmallows and browning it in the broiler of your oven.

S'mores are a summer staple but, if you are creative, you can enjoy them at any time of year.

The next time you want to make s'mores, give some of these innovative methods or tasty variations a try.

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