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How To Make Smores

Knowing how to make Smores is a necessary skill for family camping! These tasty gooey marshmallow sandwiches are a campfire tradition.


Smores have been a part of campfires for almost a century.

The first recipe for "Some Mores" appeared in a Girl Scout publication in 1927.

The name was later shortened to S'mores and eventually to Smores. (I've also heard them pronounced "Schmores".)

What you'll need

  • marshmallows
  • a chocolate bar
  • graham crackers

What to do

Build a campfire.

starting a campfire

Begin building the fire early: long before you will want your Smores.

Let it burn down to coals.

Roast a marshmallow.

Click here for complete instructions on making roasted marshmallows.

roasting a marshmallow over coals

Make a sandwich.

Place the cooked marshmallow with a square of chocolate between two graham crackers.

assembling a Smore

When the preparation is done perfectly, the hot marshmallow melts the chocolate, producing decadent chocolately gooeyness!

Eating your Smore

Be careful! It's hot! Proceed slowly.

Lick off the marshmallow goo that's oozing out the sides.

Bite into the center.

finished Smore

Isn't that delicious?


Use fresh marshmallows.

Have you noticed that marshmallows get hard and stale after a while?

You want a nice soft marshmallow that will melt easily.

Use a thin milk chocolate bar.

Don't use the chunky kind. The thinner the bar, the more easily it will melt.

Break it into small squares.

Assemble your ingredients ahead of time.

Get the graham crackers and chocolate ready before you start roasting your marshmallows.

graham crackers and chocolate on a plate

Don't wait until the marshmallow is cooked before hunting for the rest of your supplies!

Work quickly.

You need to assemble the Smores while the marshmallows are hot enough to melt the chocolate.

As soon as the marshmallow is roasted, slide it off the marshmallow roasting stick onto the chocolate.

Immediately cover with the second graham cracker.

assembling a Smore

Squeeze the crackers together gently so that the marshmallow innards squish out the sides.

Prepare for a mess.

Making and eating Smores is sticky work! For easy clean-up, have damp cloths or wipes close at hand.

homemade baby wipes and Smores

Click here to learn how to make homemade baby wipes.

Bring limited supplies.

You've probably noticed that Smores are not a healthy snack! We save them for a special treat.

Of course, once you know how to make Smores, your children will want to eat them every night.

To avoid any arguments, I suggest that you decide in advance how many batches of Smores you want to eat on your camping trip. Bring just enough supplies to make that amount. When they're gone, they're gone!

For a healthier alternative, try making Banana Boats.

How to make Smores variations

Chocolate chip

Instead of a square of chocolate, use chocolate chips. They will melt quickly and easily.

Poke the chocolate chips right into the hot marshmallow.

You might even try butterscotch chips - or a combination of butterscotch and chocolate.

Salty Smores

Instead of graham crackers, try saltines. The combination of sweet and salty is very tasty!

Saltines are not as sturdy as graham crackers, so you'll have to be gentle.

Cookie Smores

Use your favorite cookies instead of graham crackers.

chocolate chip cookies Smore

Chocolate chip cookie Smores are delicious!

Peanut Butter Smores

Spread your crackers with peanut butter, or peanut butter and jam!

Now that you know how to make Smores, visit this page for more camp fire cooking ideas.

Before you plan your next camping trip, visit The Camping Family home page. You'll find lots of helpful information!

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