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S’mores and summer go together like George and Gracie, Lennon and McCarthy, and – well, you get the idea! As a kid, I remember enjoying these sweet treats around the fire with my family, and I am beyond thrilled to share this tradition with my grandkids! While a marshmallow, brick of Hershey’s chocolate, and graham crackers are delicious, I have discovered that you can customize your creations via a s’mores bar!
What’s a s’mores bar? As the name implies, it is an assortment of s’mores ingredients, which I like to display on a nice board or large platter. With a s’mores bar, the combinations are endless and so fun to mix and match, so I encourage you to throw one together the next time your grandkids visit.
Here’s all you need to know about creating the perfect s’mores bar:
What to add to your s’mores bar
One of my favorite things about a s’mores bar is its versatility and how easy it is to throw together! As I said in the intro, there is nothing wrong with graham crackers and Hershey’s chocolate – but if you want to add a little oomph to your spread, consider also adding (in addition to graham crackers, marshmallows, and Hershey’s chocolate):
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (chopped or halved)
- Caramel sauce (drizzle or layer)
- Nutella (spreadable hazelnut chocolate)
- Peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
- Pretzels (crushed or whole for added crunch)
- Toasted coconut flakes (adds a tropical twist)
- Fruit slices (strawberries, bananas, or raspberries)
- M&M’s (colorful and sweet)
- Miniature marshmallows (extra marshmallow goodness)
- Chopped nuts (such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans)
- Sprinkles (for a fun, colorful touch)
- Cinnamon sugar (sprinkled on top for a hint of warmth)
- Butterscotch chips (for a sweet, caramel flavor)
- White chocolate chips (a creamy alternative to milk chocolate)
- Cookie dough (baked or unbaked)
- Brownie chunks (for a rich, fudgy element)
- Salted caramel bits (adds a savory-sweet twist)
- Graham cracker cereal (crushed or whole)
- Chocolate-covered pretzels (a combination of sweet and salty)
- Miniature chocolate chips (small and easily melted)
- Raspberry jam (spread between layers for fruity sweetness)
- Crushed peppermint candies (for a refreshing twist during the holidays)
- Chopped toffee or Heath bars (adds a buttery, caramel flavor)
How to display and arrange your s’mores bar
Now that you have all of your ingredients, it is time to arrange them in a fun way. Here are some ideas that are both pretty and practical:
- Find a rustic wooden board or a large platter as the canvas for your s’mores masterpiece.
- Arrange stacks of graham crackers, Oreos, Chips Ahoy cookies, and any other sweet outer layers you desire in a neat row.
- Place an assortment of chocolate bars in different flavors and sizes. (Believe me when I say your grandkids will go crazy over this spread.)
- Set out bowls of marshmallows, both regular and miniature.
- Intersperse bowls filled with various toppings and mix-ins throughout the board, such as crushed Oreo cookies, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, toasted coconut flakes, or colorful M&M’s.
- Add small jars of spreads like Nutella and peanut butter, and encourage your grandkids to experiment with different flavor combinations.
- Don’t forget the toasting element! Provide skewers or long forks, so everyone can roast their marshmallows to their desired level of golden perfection.
I have this and cannot recommend it enough! It is small and easy to store and is also perfect for both planned and impromptu s’mores nights outside.
I am also the proud owner of these retractable skewer sticks! (We got tired of having to disassemble wire clothes hangers, hehe.)
S’mores are a great way to enjoy a summer night with those grandkids, and I hope these tips take your experience to the next level! Enjoy, and remember to have fun with this!