The traditional Campfire S'mores are an easy no-bake treat to be enjoyed all summer long and then some! Perfectly toasted marshmallows melting delicious chocolate and sandwiched between crispy graham crackers are a tasty part of family traditions!
This camping tradition appeals to young and old alike! And you don't need to be camping to enjoy this summertime treat!
Making s’mores is one of those things that brings out the child in all of us. The treat is so tasty and fun to eat. Perhaps they’re messy, but that’s part of the true s’mores experience!
When I go camping with my family, we always enjoy making s’mores at the campsite. Watching those marshmallows char over the fire never grows old! Once that chocolate melts onto the crispy graham crackers, we’re all more than ready to take that first bite.
It only takes about 10 minutes to make s’mores, so there’s not much waiting time before you get to devour the simple creation. Kids love to make them, adults have loved them for decades, and the classic combo is the perfect balance of textures and flavors.
This recipe is for making s’mores over the campfire, but I will also share some alternative ways to make s’mores if the traditional outdoor method isn’t possible for you.
Just three essential ingredients go into making s’mores. You don’t need anything more in order to make a dessert that has stood the test of time.
This recipe makes 2 s’mores, so adjust accordingly depending upon how many you want to make.
- Graham Crackers – Lightly sweet, crispy, and honey-kissed goodness.
- Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar – Milk chocolate is the traditional go-to, but if you’re a fan of dark chocolate or semi-sweet, go for it.
- Marshmallows – The regular large jet-puffed size or the stacking marshmallows work best. It’s not easy to roast mini marshmallows over an open flame!
- For some variety, you can use different cookies or crackers in place of the graham crackers. Use chocolate or cinnamon graham crackers, chocolate chip cookies, or shortbread cookies for some great bases to build tasty s'mores!
- Try white chocolate for a twist or use a spread like a peanut butter, almond butter, or Nutella instead of a chocolate bar.
Use your imagination to make s’mores even better! Or try some of my gourmet s'mores ideas!
💭 Angela's Tips & Recipe Notes
- You can wrap up the s’mores in aluminum foil (double layers) as you make them to keep them warm as you make more, if you are making a bunch at once.
- If you don't already have a fire going at your campsite or in the firepit, get one started before prep time. Let the fire burn for a while so you have nice red embers burning. This will roast the marshmallows the most evenly.
🔪 Step-By-Step Instructions
Making s’mores is a cinch. Of course, be careful around the fire and keep an eye on children as they make their s’mores.
- Break your graham crackers in half lengthwise to make 2 squares for each s'more and set them onto a plate or a sheet of aluminum foil nearby the fire.
- Break the Hershey's chocolate bar in half so that you have 2 pieces with 2 rectangles of chocolate each and place a square onto your bottom two graham cracker squares.
- Roast your marshmallows over the fire using a sharpened, cleaned stick or a rod you can purchase for roasting marshmallows. I always prefer the old-fashioned stick to the new stuff, just for nostalgia’s sake!
- Hold the marshmallow by the flames where it will toast rather than catch on fire and burn, rotating as you go to brown all sides evenly. Keep a bit of a distance to get this browning perfect. Some people like a well-charred marshmallow, so if that’s you, blacken it up as desired.
- Place the roasted marshmallow onto the bottom half of your graham cracker over the chocolate square and top with the second graham cracker square. Squeeze gently to pull the stick or rod out of your marshmallow and close the s'mores like a sandwich.
S’mores are best eaten right away when melty and warm. Enjoy - and don’t forget the napkins!
If you want to make your s’mores indoors, you can do so in the oven, microwave, stove, or you can use a grill outside. See my 4 alternate methods below!
Preheat the oven to broil mode, and on a sheet pan, lay out the graham cracker halves about an inch apart from one another.
Top each half with a square of chocolate, then with a marshmallow.
Place the sheet pan in the middle of the oven and leave the door open slightly so you can watch the marshmallows char.
Once they are browned, remove the sheet pan from the oven, cover with the other graham cracker, and eat up!
On a microwave-safe plate, place the graham cracker half and a square of chocolate on top, followed by a marshmallow.
Microwave for about 15 seconds and place the other graham cracker on top. You won’t get that classic charred quality, but the marshmallow will get nice and gooey.
Place a graham cracker half on a plate and put a square of chocolate on top.
Use a skewer to roast the marshmallow over the flame (gas stove), let it catch on fire for a few seconds, then blow out the flame carefully.
Use the top graham cracker to move the marshmallow over the chocolate and close like a sandwich as you pull the skewer out from your marshmallow.
It is the same as the stovetop method above, just using your grill’s flame to toast the marshmallow.
As mentioned, you can keep s’mores warm in foil, but you probably don’t want to save any as leftovers for another day. It just won’t be the same experience when the graham crackers get soggy, and the marshmallows get stiff.
- 2 graham crackers
- 1 Hershey's chocolate bar (milk chocolate is the usual!)
- 2 marshmallows (large jet-puffed, jumbo, or the stacking marshmallows)
- If you don't already have a fire going at your campsite or in the firepit, get one started. Let the fire burn for a bit so that you have nice red embers burning rather than just fresh flames licking at your marshmallows.
- Break your graham crackers in half lengthwise to make 2 squares for each s'more and set them onto a plate or sheet of aluminum foil (if working on a random surface near the fire). Break the Hershey's chocolate bar in half so that you have 2 pieces with 2 rectangles of chocolate each and place a square onto your bottom 2 graham cracker squares.
- Roast your marshmallows using a sharpened, cleaned green stick (like I did as a kid!) or on one of the handy s'mores rods that you can buy now that work like a charm. Keep the marshmallow where it will toast rather than catch on fire and burn, rotating as you go to brown all sides.
- Place the roasted marshmallow onto the bottom half of your graham cracker over the chocolate square and top with the second graham cracker square. Squeeze gently to pull the stick or rod out of your marshmallow and close the s'mores. Enjoy the s'mores sandwich style while still warm.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!