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Warning: If you consider yourself a s’mores traditionalist, this article is not for you. It is for the culinary adventurous that want to sink their teeth into an ooey-gooey mass of marshmallow madness.
Yes, I’m talking about gourmet s’mores here, and no ordinary fluff will do. So all you fearless foodies out there, grab your campfire fork and gather around.
Here’s a quick look at 10 s’mores makeovers that are sure to leave your family and friends lining up for more.
1. Toasted Coconut and Almond
2. Mint Chocolate
Prefer the fresh taste of mint? Why not whip up a batch of homemade candy cane marshmallows, and pair them with chocolate graham crackers and dark chocolate?
You may also opt to make your own crème de menthe marshmallows, or buy them online or from the grocery store if they are stocked in your area. I’d suggest that you try making your own.
Based on my experience, these fluffy clouds of sugary goodness are surprisingly easy and inexpensive to make at home, in whatever flavor you desire. The only downside is that it traditionally takes several hours for the gooey mixture to set properly.
I’d recommend using Lorann Hard Candy Flavoring Oil in Creme De Menthe as many (if not all) common store-bought varieties are imitation (sort of like vanilla).
Since this is an undiluted natural product, a one-ounce bottle will last quite along time. Be sure to adjust for taste with any recipes that you may use it in, as many assume that you are using the diluted or imitation flavorings that are less intense.
Let’s not forget caramel in our s’mores makeover madness. In order to make a caramel s’more, you’ll need to grab a Caramello bar, graham crackers, and chocolate marshmallows.
If you can’t find Caramello candy bars locally, they are available on Amazon.
Also, a Rolo will work in a pinch. Just be careful when you bite into it because the caramel has a way of oozing beyond the graham cracker edges.
Are cherries more your passion? If so, you may want to consider creating s’mores out of cherry marshmallows, chocolate graham crackers, and cordial cherries.
If you want the cherry flavor without going with a cherry marshmallow, there is another option. You could stuff a regular or a chocolate marshmallow with a maraschino cherry and use it instead. Our homemade recipe is delicious, and it’s free of dyes and preservatives.
Be sure to use caution when you bite into this one, as the cherry juice tends to get extremely hot.
5. Peanut Butter
Do you love the taste of peanut butter and chocolate? Well then, this batch of s’mores is for you.
In order to make a batch of peanut butter s’mores, you’ll need to buy a bag of peanut butter candy melts or chips, and chocolate versions of everything else.
The peanut butter melts may be purchased through a confectioner or candy making supply shop (Michael’s craft store usually has a good selection) or even through Amazon.
Looking for a batch of s’mores with pucker power? Look no further than one made with lemon marshmallows, honey graham crackers, and chocolate. In my experience, white chocolate pairs wonderfully with lemon.
Homemade lemon-flavored marshmallows may be made by adding a VERY small drop of food grade lemon oil (be warned: this is powerful stuff) and a teaspoon of citric acid to your basic recipe. A smear of homemade lemon curd on one of the crackers would also be delightful.
If you do purchase the lemon oil, a small bottle will go a long way in creating natural cleaners or for using as a natural medicine. And the extra citric acid can be used to coat homemade sweet and tart candied citrus peel.
Want a jolt of java with your s’mores? Try pairing coffee-flavored marshmallows and chocolate graham crackers with some dark chocolate, or a mocha bar from Scharffen Berger.
Just in case you have never had a mocha bar before, this one is a 62% cocoa bar that has ground up coffee beans added to the mix. It melts just like ordinary chocolate, with a boost of caffeinated coffee flavor.
If you adore chocolate-covered strawberries, you’ll love my version of strawberry s’mores. In order to make these, you’ll need strawberry Charleston Chews, chocolate graham crackers, and strawberry marshmallows.
Strawberry Charleston Chews are available through Amazon or most candy wholesalers. It may be tougher to find them on a regular basis at your typical retail store.
Some strawberry marshmallow recipes call for the use of dried strawberries, which can be purchased online from Amazon, or you can make your own with a food dehydrator (every home needs one of these, IMHO).
9. Cinnamon and Sugar
Do you long for the taste of cinnamon and sugar toast, but with a twist? Try creating a batch of cinnamon and sugar s’mores.
In order to create these, you’ll need a bag or homemade batch of cinnamon marshmallows, cinnamon graham crackers, and a gourmet chocolate bar like this one from L’Amourette Chocolat.
L’Amourette makes a dark chocolate bar infused with cinnamon and cayenne (among many other flavors) that gives this batch of s’mores an unmistakable and irresistible flavor.
10. Tropical Macadamia Nut
What do you get when you combine pineapple marshmallows, macadamia nuts covered in chocolate, and coconut?
Why, a batch of tropical macadamia nut s’mores of course! Bring a taste of Hawaii to the bonfire with this delicious combination.
Pineapple marshmallows can be found online, or you can make your own. Most recipes involve creating a standard base mixture and adding reduced pineapple juice or pineapple flavoring to the mix.
As far as the coconut goes, you may opt to fold the shredded version into the mixture while it is still gooey, or coat them in sweetened dessicated coconut after slicing.
Tasty Twists on a Classic
Which flavorful riff on a tasty campfire classic will you choose? Try something new on camping trips and at holiday barbecues this season, and make your own unique flavor combinations, based on the above suggestions.
Let your favorite flavors be your guide, or be inspired by a unique marshmallow variety found at the local gourmet grocery. There are so many delicious things that you can create beyond the standard version that you learned to make at camp when you were a kid!
So go forth, and enjoy. Don’t forget to share your favorites with us in the comments below. And for another tasty homemade dessert, try our recipe for S’mores Bars – no campfire required.
Product photos via Amazon. Uncredited photos: Shutterstock. With additional writing and editing by Allison Sidhu.
About Lynne Jaques
Lynne is a stay-at-home mother of two boys. As a former US military officer and the spouse of an active duty US military member, Lynne enjoys traveling the world (although not the moving part!) and finding new cuisine and methods of preparing food. She also has the habit of using parenthesis way too much!