Wondering how to make S'mores? Our simple guide will show you how...
They’re the ultimate American treat, synonymous with campfires, barbeques, boy scouts and girl scouts alike. S'mores are gooey sweet sandwiches from across the pond make the perfect Bonfire Night treat, and are the work of mere moments!
What are S'mores?
You’ve probably seen them in the movies, or on TV, but have you ever wondered what they’re made of? Or why they’re called s’mores (opens in new tab)? And if, like us, all you want to do is bite into these squishy, chocolatey campfire confections, here’s everything you need to know.
Essentially, a S’more (a portmanteau word, combining the words ‘some more’ together) is made up of just three ingredients: Graham crackers (or biscuits (opens in new tab)) marshmallows (opens in new tab) and chocolate (opens in new tab) - and they’re super easy to make yourself.
They originated in the States, and though the origin of the creator is unknown, the first published recipe was found in the early 1920’s, where they’re simply called ‘Graham Cracker Sandwiches’. They later appeared in a publication called Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts, where they were then referred to as ‘some more’. It wasn’t until a decade later when they were shortened to the popular term S’mores.
How to make S’mores
In the US and Canada, S’mores are commonly made with Graham Crackers; a sweet, rectangular whole wheat biscuit that snaps into two squares - making them the ideal vessel for transporting marshmallows and chocolate to your mouth.
In the UK, the closest thing we have to a Graham cracker is the humble digestive biscuit (opens in new tab). They taste just as good (if not better) and the best thing with a digestive biscuit is that they can come already loaded with chocolate, and even caramel, if you want to get really fancy!
There are a variety of ways to make S'mores, you can keep it classic as a Bonfire Night treat, or bring them into the 21st Century by cooking in the microwave, here’s how...
How to make S’mores on a campfire
If you happen to be by an open flame, make sure you have a bag of marshmallows and a couple of sticks handy…
- Firstly, spike one or two marshmallows on a clean stick or bamboo skewer and hold over the fire - don’t put it directly in the flame or it will burn very quickly. Rotate the stick to evenly scorch the marshmallow.
- Next, take two digestive biscuits and place a piece of chocolate on one of them - a Cadburys Dairy Milk Little Bar would be ideal, as they’re nice and thin. Take the marshmallow, still on the stick and place it on top of the chocolate. Use the other biscuit to press on top and carefully remove the stick - et voila!
How to make S’mores on the BBQ
Similarly to a campfire, you can toast your marshmallows over the grill, and what a great way to end a BBQ, aye? As we would advise with any type of BBQ cooking, we would only recommend natural fires, and avoid using lighter fluid, as this can permeate the food and ruin the taste, and that’s what it’s all about, really.
- Over hot coals or embers, toast your marshmallows on a clean stick or bamboo skewer, rotating to evenly scorch and melt the marshmallow.
- Take two digestive biscuits and place a piece of chocolate on one of them. Sandwich the marshmallow between the chocolate and biscuits and remove the stick.
*You can also opt for other biscuits or cookies, ones already coated in chocolate, or even use a chocolate spread like Nutella, perhaps? Yum!
How to make S’mores in the oven
If you’ve got a hankering for gooey s’mores, but lighting a campfire seems a little excessive, fear not - you can also achieve a similar result in the oven! They’re great for feeding the masses, and would be a hit at a children's party (opens in new tab).
- Arrange some digestive biscuits or cookies on a baking tray.
- Top each one with a piece of chocolate, and then place a marshmallow (or two) on top. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C/Gas 4 for 5-6 mins until the proud marshmallows begin to swell and slump.
- Remove from the oven and top each one with a second biscuit or cookie and enjoy!
How to make S’mores in the microwave
We know what you’re thinking. In the microwave, really? But you absolutely can! For those times when you need a s’more fix in an instant, or you just want a little solitary treat to yourself, just pop into the kitchen and turn on the microwave.
- Place a biscuit on a microwave-safe plate and top with a piece of chocolate. Place a marshmallow on top and microwave for 20-30 seconds, until the marshmallow puffs up and doubles in size.
- Remove from the microwave and squish the marshmallow with a second biscuit.
*If you don't want the chocolate to melt, you can add this after.
You can even make s’mores around the dining table or from the comfort of your living room with these adorable Homemade S’mores Kits (opens in new tab). They’re perfect for date night, and will make great stocking fillers for Christmas.
S’mores dessert recipes
If now all you can think about is biscuits filled with pillowy marshmallow and melted chocolate, take a look at some of our favourite s'mores recipes:
S’mores cookies with ginger and caramel
S’mores 2.0! These s’mores have had a serious upgrade by switching out the digestives and opting for spiced ginger biscuits. These have then been paired with sweet bananas and a deliciously moreish hazelnut caramel.
Banana waffle s’mores
You don’t have to stick to biscuits or cookies either, you can think out of the s’mores box and try something new, like these chewy caramel stroopwaffles. Paired with bananas, salted caramel and Lotus biscuit spread, these s’mores evoke the nostalgia of a Banoffee pie.
Get the recipe: Banana waffle s’mores
If you can put a marshmallow on it, you can turn it into a s’more! We’ve given these cupcakes a little campfire makeover by including a crunchy biscuit base, melted chocolate, a gooey rich chocolate sponge and a sweet, fluffy marshmallow topping!
There’s nothing better than a chocolate brownie we hear you say? We think you’ll take that back once you’ve tried our ooey-gooey fudgy s’more brownies! Why not push the boat out and serve with ice cream for a sweet finish, great for then you’re entertaining. Store these brownies in an airtight container and eat within two days for the best flavour.
Try them out for yourself and see what's your favourite!
With over 12 years of experience, arts graduate Keiron turned to food to channel his creativity, specifically cake decorating. Keiron set up his wedding cake business in 2015. And, in late 2016 won a scholarship at the world-renowned culinary institute - Le Cordon Bleu, London, where he studied the art of French Pâtisserie. He's worked in some of London’s finest 5-star hotels, collecting a wealth of knowledge along the way. As a Food Writer and Stylist food isn’t just a job, it truly is Keiron's passion.