Backyard S’mores

By Holly Giles | Great Outdoors

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How to make the best s’mores

Our family loves smores all year long, in small doses. There is something magical about a fire in a fireplace or in your backyard that beckons the squishy marshmallow to be plunged into it.

I classify s’mores as a life skill for several reasons. No matter where you live, you will have the opportunity to make them at some point in the year. Knowing how to make the perfect s’more is a must, and you can teach all your friends.

The original and messiest way to do s’mores is on an open campfire. We frequently make a fire in the mornings at our backyard swing in the cooler months as we read. Keeping marshmallows on hand is a must in our house.

The fire you need for smores

Contrary to popular belief, the perfect Smore begins with smoldering coals, not flames. Naturally, burning hot dogs in the flames comes first, then as the fire dies down, the beautiful coals (as my grandfather would say) emerge as the perfect heating element to the marshmallow.

How to roast the perfect marshmallow

It does not particularly matter the device used to hold the marshmallow. A stick, palm frond or metal roaster works fine. Only one marshmallow at a time should be skewered. Any more than one and perfection will not be attained.

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Coals are the key to marshmallows

Holding the marshmallow over the coals and turning it gently and constantly will provide a nice evenly browned surface. You are looking for golden, crunchy brown on the exterior. To test the doneness, squeeze the marshmallow and see if it appears melted on the inside. If so, you have attained the goal. A crispy golden brown marshmallow on the outside and gooey on the inside.

How to build a smore

The base of the smore is one square of graham cracker and one square of chocolate. Slide the perfect marshmallow onto the chocolate, add a second square of graham cracker, and squeeze together. Allow it to sit for about thirty seconds to melt the chocolate slightly.

You have now achieved the perfect Smore to enjoy any time of year with family and friends. Smores and a fire can evoke a lifetime of memories that, no matter how old you are, long for the taste of that perfect Smore occasionally.

Create memories with smores

Sometimes a substitute Smore is in order when you don’t want to deal with burnt marshmallows all in your yard or in the carpet. Nutella, chocolate, and marshmallow fluff are excellent replacements for the real thing.

So add some marshmallows and chocolate to your grocery supply list. I always keep some tucked away in the back of the pantry.

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About the Author

Holly Giles is a wife, mother, and storyteller. As an author and Florida Master Naturalist, she writes about heritage homemaking skills, motherhood, and why Florida offers the best hidden natural gems to explore as a family.