Making s’mores at home is one of the best frugal summer activities I can think of! You don’t have to plan an elaborate camping vacation. You can make s’mores in the oven or even make s’mores in the microwave.
Although, if you want a more traditional s’mores experience, it’s not too difficult to make your own campfire by constructing a DIY firepit in your own backyard! Seriously such a fun memory for the kids…and YOU!
Do you remember having s’mores when you were young? The gooey chocolate, melted marshmallow, and crispy graham cracker make for a scrumptious treat.
S’mores are definitely a favorite traditional snack of childhood. Often a s’more will bring back great memories!
More often than not, these treats are served up while camping, at a hayride, or during a bonfire. While these are probably the most exciting ways to enjoy s’mores, you can also make them at home in your own kitchen…or backyard.
Plus, there are a few variations that just might become a family favorite before long. Grab your kids and get cooking!
Campfire S’mores Recipe: How to Make S’mores in Your Backyard at Home
To make original s’mores, you will need:
Graham crackers Large marshmallows Hershey's chocolate bar A long slender stick, but not too flexible
The best part of making s’mores by a campfire is roasting the marshmallows. Simply stick one of the marshmallows on the end of a long stick and put it just above the fire. You will need to pay close attention, or the marshmallow might slide off the stick.
Now, here is where your own personal preference will come into play. Some people like to lightly roast marshmallows, while others like to catch them on fire and burn it until its black. However, the slower you roast it, the better the inside of it will become gooey!
Once you have roasted the marshmallow to perfect, it is time to assemble the s’mores. Using a graham cracker, carefully scrape the marshmallow off the stick. Now place the marshmallow and the graham cracker on top of another graham cracker that has two squares of Hershey’s chocolate on it. Squish it together, and then wait to give the chocolate a chance to melt from the heat of the marshmallow. Once you think it is cool enough, eat and enjoy!
You can also roast s’mores on an outdoor grill or gas stove. Here are a couple of options, if building a campfire is not possible due to coding issues or whatever else:
NEVER bring an outdoor grill or stove to an indoor or enclosed area. This can be very dangerous and cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Only cook outdoors with these options!
If you want to make s’mores indoors, there are safe and effective ways to do this too. Keep reading for some quick and easy methods to make s’mores inside.
How to Make S’mores Inside (or without a Campfire)
Can you make S’mores on a Wood or Gas Fireplace?
Yes! Just as you can roast a s’more on an outdoor campfire, you can also roast your s’mores indoors on a wood burning or gas fireplace.
Always be sure to follow proper fire safety protocol and keep small children away from the open flame.
How to Make S’mores inside the Microwave
If you are making s’mores at home, there are some differences.
You can use the microwave to melt the marshmallows. Use a low setting and set the timer for about 20 seconds to achieve just the right consistency.
Marshmallows usually expand in the microwave, so don’t cook them too long. Assemble as outlined above.
How to Make S’mores in the Oven
It’s quite simple to make delicious s’mores in the oven. Follow these directions and you can have s’mores any time you’d like!
- Preheat the broiler to HI on the oven.
- Place a graham cracker, piece of chocolate, and a marshmallow on a baking sheet.
- Broil on HI for 1-3 minutes (watch closely, different ovens will vary!)
- Remove carefully from oven, and place the other half of the graham cracker on top.
How to Make S’mores in an Air Fryer
- Place the graham crackers topped with marshmallows in the air fryer.
- Air fry at 400 degrees F for about 4 minutes, or until marshmallows are puffy and starting to brown.
- Get the full instructions here.
Use an Indoor S’mores Maker
I can vouch for this little indoor s’mores maker, because we used to have one (before we downsized to the world’s smallest kitchen). It works! The kids and I had so much fun making little indoor s’mores using this Nostalgia S’mores Maker.
There are many variations to s’mores available as well. Try out some of these tasty alternatives:
S’mores bark is a fun twist on traditional s’mores. It’s easy and can be made for any occasion by switching up the food coloring!
Check out my recipe for red, white, and blue tie dye S’mores bark here.
S’mores dip is a popular alternative when you’re craving strikes at home! This recipe is SO easy, and you can adjust it based on your oven and how brown you like those marshmallows.
- Simply grab a skillet and pour a bag of chocolate chips in the bottom.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 3-5 minutes (or until chocolate is melted).
- Remove skillet from oven and cover with large marshmallows.
- Place skillet back in to the oven and bake for another 2-3 minutes (or until marshmallows are to desired browning).
- Add a side of graham crackers for dipping and enjoy!
Melt a bag of chocolate chips on an aluminum pie plate. Roll a marshmallow in the melted chocolate. Next, roll the marshmallow in your favorite toppings, such as nuts or coconut. You can also use Hershey’s syrup instead of chocolate chips.
Peanut Butter S’mores
Instead of using Hershey’s chocolate bar squares, use Reese’s peanut butter cups instead. Assemble as above.
For this variation, spread peanut butter on a small flour tortilla. Put chocolate chips and small marshmallows on top of the peanut butter. Roll up the tortilla and wrap it in foil. Now, place it on the grill grate over a fire for about five minutes. Unwrap it and enjoy.
These are just a few of the variations to s’mores that you might want to try. Use your imagination to come up with new ideas and new ingredients. Experimenting with food never tasted so good.
How to Make Your Own S’mores Kit or Display for Parties or Favors
A s’mores table is a fun addition to a birthday party, wedding, or backyard bash! To set up the perfect s’mores display simply add a cute basket with marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers, and place a few roasting sticks to the side to complete the look.
You can also send your guests home with their own s’mores kit! Simply add some clear baggies and twist ties so your friends and family can take their s’more fixings on the road, and continue the celebration at home.