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There is nothing quite as nostalgically delicious as biting into a s’more. The gooey, chocolatey, crunchy dessert reminds me of campfires, childhood, and summer camp. But living in Philadelphia means roasting s’mores over an outdoor campfire is a bit unlikely. I was having friends up for the weekend and I thought it would be fun to roast s’mores indoors like the urbanite I am, because who says s’mores can only be done around a campfire out in the woods?
Making a s’mores bar is really simple and doesn’t take long to set up. You just need your main ingredients and a heat source and you’re good to go!
I set up a little s’mores bar in the kitchen, with s’mores ingredients and a s’mores roasting station made from a planter box with sternos and filled with rocks. I added some wire netting on top so that the marshmallows didn’t come into direct contact with the flame.
For the tablescape, I used a gingham tablecloth, wood rounds for the s’mores ingredients, and a chalkboard for a truly awful (amazing?) pun. I also printed out a quote from one of my favorite movies (The Sandlot) about how to make s’mores. A little owl made an appearance as well to finish off the outdoors-indoors theme.
The bar included all of the traditional fixin’s – Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars, Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares, and Kraft’s Jet Puffed Marshmallows.
I then snazzed it up a bit with a few different options to give more selection – Reese’s, Hershey’s Mini Candies (Krackel, Mr Goodbar, and Dark Chocolate), Banana Chips, and fresh Strawberries and Bananas.
I found all of the ingredients I needed at Walmart; they currently even have a display with all the traditional goodies you need! (The Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares are exclusively found at Walmart and are the perfect size for s’mores making.)
To make indoor s’mores, first add a Honey Maid Graham Cracker Square to a plate.
Top the Graham Cracker Square with Hershey’s Milk Chocolate (or another chocolatey candy bar). If you’d like to add fresh fruit or other ingredients, place them on top of the chocolate.
Add a Jet Puffed Marshmallow to a skewer and hold the marshmallow over the flame and roast, turning occasionally to brown evenly.
Once browned to your liking, place the marshmallow on top of the chocolate and use a second graham cracker square to pull the skewer from the marshmallow.
I love how the warmed marshmallow slightly melts the chocolate making a gooey, crunchy, and oh so tasty little snack.
We naturally had a taste test to see which options were the best. Favorite combinations from the group included Reese’s and Banana slices, Krackel and Strawberry slices, and Mr. Goodbar and banana chips.
You could go really crazy and make a “double decker” s’mores: graham cracker, chocolate, marshmallow, graham cracker, another chocolate, another marshmallow, and a final graham cracker!
Or if you didn’t want to work with an open flame, melt the chocolate in a bowl, dip the marshmallows in the chocolate, and then sprinkle with crushed graham crackers for a s’mores pop on a stick!
My friends and I had so much fun toasting marshmallows around our “campfire,” and it was really simple to set up! The indoor s’mores bar would be a great addition to any get-together, or rainy day gathering. As a winter baby, I will probably set this back up again for my birthday to get a taste of summer in the cold months!
What s’mores combo is your favorite? What other ingredients would you include in your s’mores bar?
I am a traditional s’mores recipe person myself, but you are really tempting me with these other s’mores options – yum! And what a great way to roast s’mores indoors! Thanks for sharing! #client
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What is the planter box made of, terra cotta or plastic?