I don’t know about you, but summer and s’mores just seem to go hand in hand. I love sitting around a campfire and roasting a marshmallow in order to create the perfect gooey s’more. In fact, some of my absolute favorite childhood memories are when my family would have a big bonfire cookout at the beach with all of my extended family. I would play with my cousins and we would stay up late roasting hot dogs and making s’mores. These days, most of my s’more making happens in the mountains or my backyard rather than the beach, but honestly, I still love it just as much as when I was a kid! Over the years, I like to think that I have developed a few strategies to help create the perfect s’more. I love a good s’more that is especially melty and gooey so that all the flavors blend together. Today, I am going to share a few of my tips as well as a few ideas to mix up your usual Hershey Chocolate s’more goodness! Whether you’re sitting around a campfire or making s’mores from the comfort of your kitchen, you can make the perfect s’mores! If you don’t have access to a campfire, try using a S’mores Maker to brown your marshmallows or this S’more Maker to make them in your oven.

Whenever you are making s’mores, preparation is key! I always take the time to prep everything that I need for my s’more. You don’t want to risk losing a melty marshmallow because you weren’t prepared. I like to get both graham crackers and chocolate ready so that I can quickly assemble my s’more once my marshmallow has reached the desired level of roasting.

One of the great things about making s’mores is that they really don’t need much equipment to achieve a delicious treat. All you need is your ingredients and a roasting stick. If you’re looking for Marshmallow Roasting Sticks, give these a try. I love that they have to prongs and can extend up to 32” long. Having a roasting stick that can collapse makes it so much easier to carry and store without taking a ton of room or accidentally puncturing something. And, two prongs mean that you can roast double the amount of marshmallows!

Pro Tip: When prepping your s’more, find a spot close to the fire where you can lay out your bottom graham cracker and chocolate (see picture). Put your graham cracker and chocolate here while your marshmallow is roasting, and you will have chocolate that is perfectly melted and gooey. This is a game changer and really takes your s’more to the next level!

If you’re ready to move beyond the basic Hershey s’more, it’s time to mix up your ingredients. My favorite way to change my s’more is to replace the Hershey chocolate with Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. Turns out, in a poll conducted on our Instagram stories, Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups were the most popular type of chocolate to substitute for Hershey’s. Here’s a few other swaps that you can try to mix up your S’mores:

Instead of Hershey’s Chocolate, try…

  • Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • York Peppermint Patties
  • Rolos
  • Any “fun size” chocolate bar with caramel
  • White chocolate
  • Ghirardelli squares   

Instead of Graham Crackers, try…

  • Keebler fudge-striped cookies – using these can replace both the chocolate and the graham crackers if you don’t want too much chocolate!
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Sugar cone (stuff this with marshmallows, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, raspberries, etc.)

What’s your favorite type of s’more to create? Let us know – we can’t wait to try them!