Camp Recipes

Super S’mores: Easy, Next-Level Treats for Your Next Campout

July 7, 2016
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S’mores are synonymous with camping. They’re the iconic outdoor treat: gooey, sticky marshmallows and warm, melty chocolate smashed and oozing between crunchy graham crackers. You may think this classic treat can’t get any better, but here are a few recipes to take your s’mores to the next level.

Campfire Cones

Not only is this s’mores derivative fun and delicious, it can also be less of a mess and it’s great for kids. Just get a package of waffle cones and fill them with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips, wrap them in foil and let them sit over indirect heat. Be careful when you unwrap them as they will be hot! You can even add small pieces of candy like M&Ms or mini candy bars to your cone, or top it off with some whipped cream and caramel syrup for a decadent treat.

 

The Peanut Butter Cup

Forget the chocolate squares and grab a peanut butter cup instead! The salty peanut butter will add a new level of delicious to your s’mores. If you’re camping where it’s hot and the candy may melt, swap it for a jar of your favorite nut butter or cookie butter and simply smear some on your graham crackers before adding your perfectly roasted marshmallow.

 

Nutella S’mores

Similar to the peanut butter method, but far more decadent, the Nutella s’more will make you feel like you’re glamping. For an even richer treat—and to make it “healthy”—add some fruit such as sliced bananas, strawberries or raspberries. You probably shouldn’t eat too many of these, though you’ll want to eat the entire jar, with or without the marshmallows.

 

The Grasshopper

Fresh breath and a delicious dessert? Instead of plain chocolate, upgrade to a peppermint patty and you’ll never go back to plain s’mores again. This s’more is especially great around the holidays, and you can swap peppermint patties for peppermint bark if grandma got carried away this year and gave you five pounds of it in your stocking.

 

Banana Boats

Another “healthy” option, the banana boat is easy to make and has endless variations. Take an unpeeled banana and make a slice along the inside curve, but do not cut all the way through. Open the slit and fill with chocolate chips, marshmallows, candy or cereal. Wrap it in foil and place in the fire with a long pair of tongs. Let it cook for about ten minutes, then carefully remove it and enjoy!

 

Cookie S’mores

Whether you just want to knock everyone’s socks off or you hate graham crackers like me, break from tradition and use cookies instead. Snickerdoodles, Oreos, gingerbread, you name it. And if you use classic chocolate chip, you don’t even need to use a chocolate bar—though we would never suggest using less chocolate.

 

S’mores Dip

If you’re feeding a large group and don’t have enough marshmallow roasting forks, s’mores dip is a great way to keep everyone happy. Just get a fire safe dish such as a cast iron pan and fill the bottom with chocolate, then top with marshmallows. Let it sit over the fire and get good and melty before serving. You can kick it up by adding peanut butter, candy or fruit to the dip, and using cookies and pretzels for dipping!

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