How To Make Smores
The Gourmet Way

Almost everyone knows how to make Smores (aka s’mores) – we have since we were little, around the campfire… roasting the marshmallow on a stick, and putting it between two graham crackers along with a square of chocolate, which then melts.

But what if you don’t have a campfire? What if it’s off-season? And what if you want something nostalgic, yes, but also a little more…gourmet? Here are some fun marshmallow recipes for gourmet Smores.

My family (especially my grown boys) has been trying Smore combinations for years now, and this page is based on some of our favorites. Plus, you don’t need a campfire or grill – they can be done in the microwave. So these are really easy as elderly activities too, for those who may have some limitations. They’re fun to put together, and fun to eat. And someone can help with the microwaving, as necessary.

The three main ingredients for Smores are marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers. But with a few interesting modifications, you can soon see how to make Smores gourmet style.

How To Make Smores - Gourmet Style


Marshmallow Flavors

You may or may not know that marshmallows come in all sorts of flavors nowadays. They’re excellent in experimenting with how to make Smores in a fresh way. You can find them in specialty grocery stores, gourmet shops, or get them online.

There are a couple of brands which are all-natural lines, even using honey and fresh juices, which and make many flavored marshmallows. (Since brands come and go and are different in various countries, I won’t go into that here).

Some of my son’s favorites are German chocolate, pina colada(!), mint and strawberry (also perfect to use in fresh strawberry desserts) . We’ve found marshmallows in such flavors as mocha, coconut, maple pecan, cherry, pumpkin spice, key lime, vanilla, sour lemon, and caramel. Even kinds made with liquor like coffee liqueur or bourbon.

If you can’t find flavored marshmallows in your area, or if the ones you can find are pricey, then fake it!

Just add a little flavoring of your own on the marshmallow before melting it... like raspberry syrup or jam, real raspberries or other fruit, caramel syrup, cinnamon, or a tad of liqueur. (One of the fun food activities for any season is making your own home-made marshmallows, and flavoring them yourself – just look up a recipe online).

The sample shown here uses fresh raspberries with raspberry chocolate. If I'd had a little raspberry syrup, I would have drizzled some on as well.

Chocolate Flavors

We needn’t just use good ole’ Hershey’s chocolate squares for Smores. There are loads of chocolate bars out there with extravagant flavors such as toffee, mocha, spicy, raspberry, caramel, mint, orange, coconut, chipoltle and salt, amoretto, pumpkin, lavender, chocolates with liqueur, and/or with a variety of nuts. All in either milk chocolate or dark. And then there's bacon flavored chocolate. And don't forget white chocolate -- delicious in Smores. These flavors are a must to try when learning how to make Smores gourmet style.

Chocolate chips flavors (aka baking chips or chocolate drops) include peanut butter, butterscotch, vanilla, green mint, pink raspberry, cherry, cheesecake, coffee, cinnamon, yogurt, lemon, strawberry, and I'm sure more.

The Cracker

Traditional Smores, of course, are made with graham crackers. You may have already tried chocolate graham crackers or those with cinnamon. But let’s go beyond graham. Have you ever tried, for instance, sweet potato crackers?

How about if we just skip the cracker concept and think cookie instead. Then you have endless fancy possibilities of how to make Smores. I enjoy anything thin and delicate.

There is a particular type if thin biscotti with a ginger flavor that is excellent for these. Or perhaps a lemon cookie, or caramel, mocha, cinnamon, chocolate chip, coconut – you can get a theme going with your three types of ingredients.

This one is made with ginger biscotti, dark chocolate with caramel, and cinnamon flavored marshmallow.

Healthy Smores?

Is there such a thing? Well, healthier.

If you got some of the natural marshmallows made with honey, sugar-free cookies or natural graham crackers, and sugar-free chocolate, you’ve got a good start. If sugar-free chocolates do not come as a flat bar, you can always melt any kind of chocolate pieces instead. Altogether, these will then make somewhat healthy desserts. (And I emphasize the somewhat).

Microwaving

Making Smores around a fire or grill is most ideal, but microwaving is a creative secondary option… you can control what happens a little more. I have tried it several different ways.

The first thing I learned is that a standard marshmallow melts in about 10 seconds. It puffs way up and looks like it will explode (kids love this) and then settles down when you take it out. Here are some microwaving variations:

  • You can put the bottom cracker or cookie on the plate first, then the chocolate and marshmallow, and heat it all together. Take it out and put on the top cracker.
  • Or put the chocolate on later after you take the marshmallow out, and let it slightly melt by proximity.
  • Or you can just melt the marshmallow alone if you’re going to add in a bit of liqueur or flavoring, then spread it on the cracker and chocolate afterwards.
  • If you are using flavored marshmallows, natural kinds which can be denser, or the mini size, they may take longer than 10 seconds to melt. I was surprised that mini mallows took longer.

Microwaves vary. I suggest heating mallows in increments of 10 to 15 seconds.

My son showed me how to make Smores by putting a cookie in a small dish, topped with a marshmallow and bits of chocolate (flavored chocolate chips work well), melting, swirling it together, and then topping it with crumbled cookie and a little traditional graham cracker. Eaten with a spoon. He’s also put a spoonful of ice cream on top.

Party Smores

An easy way of how to make Smores for parties is to use small cookies, and use a flavor or color theme with the cookies, chocolate and marshmallows.

The sample shown above includes strawberry flavored marshmallows, and a slice of strawberry in the inside as well. I used white chocolate and butter cookies instead of graham crackers. You can sometimes get strawberry-flavored white chocolate chips, usually around Valentine's Day. This would also be great for Valentine’s day or a party.

Once we got the knack of how to make Smores into special treats, we found all kinds of ways to make them throughout the year, whether summer or winter. Whether you have a campfire, fireplace, grill, table-top hibachi or microwave, there’s no doubt Smores can become a delicious and imaginative activity for all ages.

Autumn Smores

This open face smore has a few drops of orange food coloring swirled through the melted marshmallow with a toothpick. Then scatter some sprinkles over the top. Then insert a toothpick or short kabob skewer with a black candy on top.

Be sure to also read:

Fresh Strawberry Desserts -- Festive enough for special holidays and parties, or any time of the year. From pie, to a hollowed apple bowl with berries, to a towering kabob, they’re delicious!

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Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes -- Loads of variety (special family recipes too), and most are all natural!


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