Backyard Smores

By Holly Giles | Great Outdoors

how to make smores

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

The original and messiest way to do smores 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 Set-Up:

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.

The Mechanics:

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.

The Roast:

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 marshmallow that is crispy golden brown on the outside and gooey on the inside.

Building the 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 every once in a while.


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 spread, chocolate spread, and marshmallow fluff are excellent replacements for the real thing.

I chose smores as a life skill activity to bring a little fun to your membership. Having a conversation around a campfire or dining table is what Homeschool Family Adventures is all about. So add some marshmallows and chocolate to your grocery supply list. I always keep some tucked away in the back of the pantry.


Looking for some inspiration? Read my book on motherhood.



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.