National S'mores Day: Toasting Marshmallows, S'mores Recipes, and Other Ideas

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National S'mores Day is August 10. However, don't let this limit you to exploring numerous options for eating toasted marshmallows, creating s'mores, and making other s'mores recipes and items all year round. S'mores are perfect for all sorts of backyard parties and camping trips as well as weddings and other special events.

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You can't go wrong with a classic milk chocolate Hershey bar for s'mores.
You can't go wrong with a classic milk chocolate Hershey bar for s'mores. | Source

Classic S'mores Roasting

While you may be ready to switch up the classic s'mores experience for National S'mores Day or the next time that you're ready for a s'mores treat, there is nothing wrong with sticking to the traditional experience either. After all, what is there to improve? If possible, please seek out an opportunity to roast marshmallows over a fire in a backyard, at a campsite, or in another outdoor setting. Some people opt for s'mores makers or gas stoves, but neither of these options provides the same experience or flavor.

If you love chocolate and peanut butter, substituting a Reese's cup for milk chocolate in a s'more can be a great option.
If you love chocolate and peanut butter, substituting a Reese's cup for milk chocolate in a s'more can be a great option. | Source

Switch Up the Ingredients

One of the simplest ways to have a s'mores variation is so switch up one or more of the ingredients. Instead of graham crackers, use another suitable cracker or cookie such as Vanilla Wafers. Why not split an Oreo cookie and put the chocolate and marshmallow in the middle? Instead of milk chocolate, use dark chocolate, chocolate with filling (i.e. caramel), or Reese's cups. Are you looking for a challenge? Make your own marshmallows. They may not toast the same as store bought marshmallows, but they will offer varied, rich flavors.

Mini s'mores pies. Click the link for the recipe.
Mini s'mores pies. Click the link for the recipe. | Source

Desserts

There are more s'mores desserts than you ever would have imagined possible. This concept has exploded during the last five years. From cupcakes to bar cookies to ice cream, there is something out there for every dessert preference. I have included just a few options here, but you can search Pinterest or Foodgawker or do a regular Google search for many more recipes.

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Drinks

Turn the amazing concept of s'mores into a drink. Most of the s'mores drink recipes out there are alcoholic, but there are a few great non-alcoholic options as well, namely hot chocolate or cocoa and milkshakes. Additionally, many restaurants that have extensive specialty drink menus offer dessert drinks that may include a s'mores choice.

Enjoy a s'mores martini at a restaurant.

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Lots of choices at a s'mores bar creates endless dessert combinations.
Lots of choices at a s'mores bar creates endless dessert combinations. | Source

S'mores Bar

A s'mores bar has become a popular choice for large outdoor gatherings, wedding receptions, and other special events. For an outdoor event, it is easy enough to have everyone toast their marshmallows over a large fire. For indoor events, many people opt to have smaller roasting stations throughout a buffet table. The more choices that you have for s'mores components, the more possibilities there are for finished desserts. In addition to the switching up the ingredients, some people offer toppings (i.e. chopped nuts, hot fudge sauce) and additional add ins, such as fruit.

The ghost marshmallows and orange ribbons are a great touch for Halloween.
The ghost marshmallows and orange ribbons are a great touch for Halloween. | Source

Gift Sets

A s'mores gift set is a simple, inexpensive present for family, friends, and co-workers on minor holidays such as Halloween and Valentine's Day. If you have a party with a s'mores bar, take away boxes and/or s'mores wedding favors can fill out the theme nicely. Don't forget about packaging. A few personalized details can make all the difference.

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Crafts

Pretend play is such an important part of childhood. Why not add to the experience with some s'mores? Etsy is a great place to find handmade felt and crochet pretend s'mores food as well inexpensive patterns so that you can make your own pretend food.

If you enjoy making s'mores, a framed photograph of a campfire might be a good decor option.
If you enjoy making s'mores, a framed photograph of a campfire might be a good decor option. | Source

Wall Art and Décor

There are lots of creative ways to display your love of s'mores through wall art and other home décor. If you can't find exactly what you are looking for, consider making it yourself. You never know when you may start a new craze on Pinterest or a new trend among your friends and family.

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alifeofdesign 4 years ago from New Hamphire

S'Mores martini-I like the sound of that. I haven't had one yet, but it's a perfect time of year to try one. I recently made a small batch of s'mores on a stick (Pinterest inspiration) and I enjoyed those far better than the typically s'more which I find far too sweet for my tastebuds. Fun hub.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, alifeofdesign! You're right that this is a great time of year to sample a s'mores martini. The s'mores on a stick sound great!


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

I love smores. The classic is my favorite. Great hub!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's awesome, Julie. :) Thanks!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I love anything s'more! We usually do the traditional toasted way, but any of these ideas sound great, especially the addition of caramel or peanut butter candy. Thank you so much for sharing your creative ideas!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's awesome, vespawoolf. :) You'll have to try one of these variations sometime.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Mmmm s'mores :) Who knew there was a total day dedicated to the treat? Well know I know and adding a vote up!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

There are so many random food holidays! Glad that you enjoyed this.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Wow, I have always liked s'mores, but didn't realize their versatility! Great looking Hub!


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jenbeach21 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Great hub! I know want to go make s'mores with my kids.


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I like S'mores but rarely have them. This article is so cute. I love the "bar" and the "craft" and the gift sets for Halloween. All really cool ideas.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Rebecca! Yep, there are so many options for them.

Thanks, Jen. :) That's awesome.

Sharon, I'm the same way. Thanks! I'm glad that you found so many ideas here that you like.


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

Yum! Wow. This makes me want to break out the camp stove and get some marshmallows even though it's January right now. :D

Wonderful hub! I didn't even know there was such a day.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's awesome. :) I hear you. My husband and I enjoy making bonfires and look forward to doing this again when the weather is warmer.

Thanks! There are so many fun food holidays out there.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

The craft idea is so adorable but it would only make me want the real thing. Posting the Reece's was a great influence on me also. Love S'mores any day any time!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

I hear you on the crafts, and Reese's are one of my favorites. S'mores are a wonderful treat all year round.


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healtheemama 3 years ago from San Diego, CA

We love s'mores too. Especially at the beach. We'll take our portable fire pit down to the beach just to sit there and have s'mores. Gotta try the Reese's.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's awesome, healtheemama. S'mores on the beach sounds wonderful!


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bridalletter 3 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

So much happiness, memories and enjoyment when it comes to smores. I never forgot a great camping trip with my parents when it was cold and we sat around the fire making smores, being silly and laughing like crazy. I so wanted to make that halloween treat bag this year, but it gets pretty pricey when you have to hand out over 100 bags of goodies.

I have seen many weddings offering them at reception tables and as wedding favors.

Great hub and a total joy to read and feel nostalgic.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's great that you have so many happy memories associates with s'mores. 100 goodie bags, wow! They do make a great wedding reception favor, though. So glad that you enjoyed my article. :)

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