August 10th is always National S’mores Day, but this year the gooey treat is also part of our Cub Scout Theme for the month of August. Making s’mores during a pack meeting or campout is a great evening activity with Scouts of all ages.
In June last year, I wrote about our adventure in England. Two different evenings included s’mores, once over the campfire and the Monday we were rained out we used a microwave (not near as romantic, but just as yummy).
Whether you use a campfire, backyard barbecue, toaster oven or microwave, this treat is just the thing to help the kids sleep. The sugar rush may help your youth sleep soundly through the night (I found that on the internet, so it must be true). Okay, maybe not a good idea on a school night, but school is out and this is great family fun in these parts, so let’s get cookin’!
Whatever the season, making s’mores during a campout is a fun evening activity with Scouts of all ages and a great snack for cracker barrel, just before bedtime. But remember to modify your menu if any of the participants have food allergies, sensitivities, or medical issues that are affected by food.
Share your best recipes in the comments below; here are mine:
Quick Microwave S’mores
So as we settle back tonight, to warm and gooey goodness from our microwave, I’ll share my lazy man s’mores recipe:
- One section dark chocolate bar on half a graham cracker
- A stale yellow Peep from Easter on the other half
- Set the oven on 30 seconds at half power and enjoy the show. Our family loves watching the fun as the Peep grows into a monster.
- Push the two halves together, grab a bib, a glass of cold milk and enjoy
Peanut Butter Cup S’mores
- 4 grahams crackers split in half
- 4 peanut butter cups
- 4 large marshmallows
- Cook the marshmallows over an open flame or hot coals until they are browned outside and soft all the way through, 2 to 4 minutes.
- Place the marshmallows on top of one of the graham cracker squares. Place the peanut butter cup on top of the marshmallows. Top with the last graham cracker square.
- Squeeze, bite, and drip.
Family Favorite S’mores (or Laziest Man S’mores, in my case)
- Cook the marshmallows over an open flame or hot coals until they are browned outside, and soft all the way through, 2 to 4 minutes.
- Place the marshmallows on top of fudge stripe cookies.
- Squeeze, bite, there are no drips
My wife thought this up a long time ago when the kids were still home, but as I searched the internet, it seems lots of other folks have tried these. Nonetheless, among campfire treats these are our most favorite of all.
An now for the crème de la crème:
1 12″ Pizza Crust
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
1 c. graham cereal or broken graham crackers
2 c. mini marshmallows
Preheat your dutch oven to hot (450° F/230° C). Place crust into the dutch oven directly or on a round cookie sheet with three small stones between the pan and the bottom of the oven. Bake with top and bottom heat for 5 minutes.
Remove crust from oven and top with chocolate chips, graham cereal and marshmallows. Return to oven for 5 – 6 more minutes until marshmallows are lightly toasted and chocolate is melted.
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By the way, the National Confectioner’s Association created this holiday for you to share your best marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker combos. So take a moment and scroll to the comment section below and give us your recipe please.