AUG 05 2022
S'mores Recipes to Wow Your Guests—and You
Nothing says luxurious outdoor living more than an evening fire, especially as those first signs of autumn bring a chill to backyard gatherings. And what’s a fire without s’mores?
S’mores originated in the 1920s, when they appeared in a cookbook under the name “Graham Cracker Sandwich”. By then, they were already popular with both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. A 1957 Betty Crocker cookbook appears to have officially coined the term “s’mores”.
Traditionally, s’mores involve placing a marshmallow on a wooden or metal skewer so it can be held over the fire until gooey but not burned. The marshmallow is then sandwiched between two graham crackers with a slice of chocolate to make a sandwich. Chances are you’ve made them this way since you were a kid at camp, sitting on a log around the campfire.
But now, your tastes may have changed, and you might prefer an upgraded outdoor experience. That experience starts with your setting, and a critical part of the setting is your Highwood® outdoor furniture.
Today's S'mores Roasting Settings
The Classic Westport Adirondack Fireside Set—complete with six Classic Westport Adirondack Chairs, three Westport Side Tables, and three Folding Ottomans—makes a perfect circle around the firepit with tables to rest your skewers, bags of marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate. You can even pull the chairs in close to the fire to stay seated while you’re toasting or move farther away if you get carried away feeding the fire!
If your family or group of friends is smaller, the set of Four Classic Westport Adirondack Chairs with two Side Tables may be just the thing. Or you can mix and match our wide collection of chairs, coffee and side tables, and ottomans to create just the setting you want. Each of our sets comes in a variety of colors to create the perfect place to show off your favorite cushions.
And once you start to enjoy your sophisticated Highwood® furniture, you’ll probably want to experiment with more sophisticated s’mores treats as well.
S'more Recipes the Better
Add a twist to the classic recipe with different ingredients. For a sweet, crisp taste, try slices of green apple and caramel instead of chocolate and graham crackers. (Pro tip: let the caramel and chocolate “set” a bit before serving.) Add in some peanuts for additional flavor and crunch.
If you’re not a fan of graham crackers, try using a waffle cone to house your ooey, gooey, marshmallow and chocolate! Waffle cones give you the traditional s’more flavors with a touch of sweet vanilla! Coconut is also a great addition, as are bananas and peanut butter.
For serious chocoholics, try adding two slices of chocolate instead of one on each side of the marshmallow, or using chocolate graham crackers and chocolate marshmallows. Some people like to wrap the whole sandwich in foil and throw it on the fire so the chocolate melts to match the marshmallow’s gooeyness.
Another option is to slightly change some of the ingredients. Try using cinnamon graham crackers or white chocolate. If you’re a fan of salty flavors and crisp snacks, try yellow corn tortilla chips instead of graham crackers. You can even try other marshmallow flavors—strawberry or banana, anyone? And for the s’more cum laude, try the ultimate: Girl Scout thin mints to make the sandwich!
Then there are the “short cuts”: do you want all of the flavors of a s'more without buying both the crackers and the chocolate? Fudge stripe cookies are a one-stop-shop for fireside snack heaven! And Oreos sandwiched around marshmallows add the “white stuff” taste for a delightful concoction.
For a “healthier” alternative, use a real strawberry, marshmallows and just a little bit of chocolate.
Finally—A Bit of the Exotic
Voda Retreats offers up these ideas: add bacon and pears, or Thai basil and French Brie for a s’more experience that lets you travel to exotic places without getting out of your Highwood® Adirondack chair! Or add almonds, sea salt, Thai basil, and grilling cheese between two crisp water crackers for a fantastic grilled cheese s’more.
One thing is for sure; by trying different recipes and combinations of ingredients, you’ll have s’more and s’more fun!
What are your top s'mores tips? We want to hear about it in the comments below!