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S'Mores: Simple Tips for Melting Your Kids' Hearts
Melt Your Kids' Hearts with Fantastic S'Mores Memories
We just celebrated my parents' 50th wedding anniversary, and one of the most touching parts of the week together was their vow renewal service, during which they played a video composed of photos from special moments over their lives together. So many of the memories reflected tugged at the hearts of everyone present. Of course, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Traditions draw families close, and the memories created are precious. When my husband and I reach that milestone, Lord willing, there will be lots of traditions reflected in such a photo display. S'Mores will be among the most memorable activities represented.
Our household loves creative interaction. The words, "I wonder," lead to all sorts of investigation. Sure, we could stick with the traditional toasted marshmallow between a couple of graham crackers. Add a Hershey's bar and it's all good. However, there are "Aha!" moments when someone sees a new application for a familiar product, and S'Mores lend famously to educational investigation.
As you read, I'll share some S'Mores and marshmallow toasting innovations we've explored. I hope that you will be inspired not only to enjoy the fun of marshmallow toasting but also to create heart-melting memories that will provide your kids or grandkids with fuel for fun as they grow up.
Giant Marshmallows Make Giant Memories
Giant Roasters Marshmallows for Giant S'Mores Fun and Memories
These are the ones! If you want a truly fun experience, don't miss these fun mallows...giant sized gooey goodness!
These are well worth the cost if you are putting on a fun barbeque event in the summer. Tweens and teens love them, but so do adults and tots. A couple of these will fill you up, so leave room and keep that fire hot!
Safety Tips for S'Mores and Marshmallow Toasting with Kids
Making S'Mores or toasting marshmallows is lots of fun, but with a hot grill and fiery coals, there is an inherent danger. It's important to observe some basic safety precautions.Adult supervision is essential. A burning marshmallow can be dangerous. Stay close to kids as they toast.Only so many kids can fit around a grill or campfire. Cultivate a sense of awareness and assistance, with big kids helping younger. Too many kids at once will lead to possible burns or pokes.You will notice Peeps in some of our photos. Sugar is extremely hot after a Peep is toasted. Tounges can get burned. Allow cooling time before the kids eat toasted Peeps.Have kids point their marshmallow sticks down when they walk. Avoid pokes!Girls with long hair may want to keep it pulled back when toasting marshmallows. This is a preventive measure for avoiding unexpected contact from a flaming marshmallow.
Clever Smores Making Contraption!check availability
Big Kids Help Little Kids with their S'Mores
Making Simple S'Mores Awesome
Now that you have the philosophy in S'Mores activity for your kids, namely building family unity and creating memories, and now that you have some basic safety tips, what will make your treats and times great? Aren't the basics enough? Sure...but why not explore? Investigation is fun and AWESOME!
Giant marshmallows are the best! I find them at Walmart, and one or two of these giant marshmallows are sufficient to fill you up! Just toasting, you'll find that the outer crisp layer pulls away, leaving a gooey mass that still surpasses the size of a traditional marshmallow. Toast again...and perhaps again. You will be amazed at the fun kids can have with a single giant mallow! Using them in S'Mores is great, too. But why stop at a NORMAL S'More? Get creative!
Some variations my kids have used:Inside Out S'Mores: Stuff your giant marshmallow with chocolate pieces (chips, Hershey squares, etc.)Reese's S'Mores: Instead of traditional chocolate bars, sandwich your oversized mallow between a couple of grahams and a Peanut Butter Cup.Oreo S'Mores: Sandwich your mallow between the layers of an Oreo.Frosting S'Mores: Use chocolate frosting, or use your favorite flavor, in place of a chocolate bar.S'Mores Splits: Use giant toasted mallows in place of ice cream to create a banana split. Top according to your preferences.
Taking Turns Is Important in S'Mores Activities
S'Mores Sticks: Safety and Functionality
Picking a good stick for toasting marshmallows may seem easy. Safety is important, and there are a few things to remember.Wood Sticks: Wood can catch fire, but you aren't going to be directly placing your wood sticks into flames...at least, you shouldn't. If you want to limit the flamability of your wood toasting sticks, though, then soak the ends in water for a short period before using them. Wood is my preference because metal toasting sticks are slippery, and it's easy to lose your marshmallow. We use both...our home has a great supply of salt cedar trees in the area, perfect for toasting sticks.Metal Sticks: If you use metal skewers, make sure you find some with wooden handles. The metal conducts heat, but a wood handle protects little hands.
Wood Handled Skewers Protect Hands When Making S'Mores Memories
There are varied styles of skewers, and they are well worth the cost. My parents have had their set for 3 decades, and they still hold up when the grandkids are around for toasting mallows and roasting hot dogs. My son got especially creative last summer and discovered that he could use the skewers for his corn. Grilled corn is awesome, especially when it's your son's idea!
Artisan Mallows for Extravagant S'Mores Memories!
A high school friend started her own artisan marshmallow and baking company a few years ago, and I had to try her artisan marshmallows for one of our barbeque days. She sent the most wonderful extras, and I must say that if you've never tried artisan mallows, you must. You really must! Don't miss the handmade grahams, either. They are divine!
We did some vanilla mallows on the grill, and the aroma of these was wonderful. The flavor is so much more vibrant than that of the grocery store variety. Of course, they cost a little more and are a splurge, but for special occasions, you should explore Glitter City Sweets for something unique. The peanut butter mallows are yummy toasted and wonderful in S'Mores. The chocolate chip mallows are perfect for sandwiching between artisan graham crackers. There are many more interesting artisan marshmallow choices, and your creativity will be sparked by GCS creations!
Square Mallows: The Glitter City Mallows are square...they toast beautifully!
Are You Inspired? - Make a Memory that will melt the hearts of your youngsters...now and later!
One of the fun ideas we've had is putting on a S'Mores bar. Dipping your gooey mallows in sprinkles, sanding sugars or chocolate chips before sandwiching in the cookies or crackers of your choice is a blast. Peanut butter crackers, Nutter Butter cookies, fudge striped cookies, brownies, and more provide inspiration. This is a fantastic way to throw a summer bash for your tweens and teens, and it's a great way to connect with nieces and nephews. I can't imagine a summer without S'Mores, and I love the creativity that a bag of marshmallows elicits. The words, "I wonder," are precious and they are exciting. You know that something good is coming when you hear it!
Yummy S'Mores Memories!
Have you thought of a new approach to S'Mores? I haven't given away all of our secrets and successes, by any means. But there's always time to add! What stands out to you in this set of suggestions? Do you have your own new, "I wonder," to share? Chime in and let us know...we want to try something yummy and exciting every time the grill is lit! Help us make another heart melting memory!