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S'Mores: Simple Tips for Melting Your Kids' Hearts

Updated on August 14, 2013

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 Marshmallows Make Giant Memories
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!

Campfire, Premium Extra Large 2 Inch Marshmallows, 28oz Bag , Pack of 2
Campfire, Premium Extra Large 2 Inch Marshmallows, 28oz Bag , Pack of 2

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

Big Kids Help Little Kids with their S'Mores
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

Taking Turns Is Important in S'Mores Activities
Taking Turns Is Important in S'Mores Activities
simple smores recipes and tips
simple smores recipes and tips

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

Outset QB50 Stainless-Steel Skewers with Rosewood Handles, Set of 4
Outset QB50 Stainless-Steel Skewers with Rosewood Handles, Set of 4

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!

 
simple smores recipes and tips
simple smores recipes and tips

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!

simple smores recipes and tips
simple smores recipes and tips

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!

Yummy S'Mores Memories!
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!

Share Your own Inspiration! S'Mores Memories and Ideas

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2 ans also on Squidoo LOTD Lenses-2. Hugs and congrats.

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      I used to eat smores every time I went camping. I haven't had smores in years but it sure would be an amazing treat right about now.

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      Beautiful lens, great job! Thumb up

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      A yummy lens. d

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      Kumar P S 5 years ago

      Great lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Well done on LOTD. Please can you enlighten me on S'Mores...is it a brand or the common name for toasted marshmallow? Perhaps it's peculiar to the US? It's nothing I've heard of before and reading your lens hasn't really cleared it up for me...maybe I missed something? I do like toasted marshmallows:)

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 5 years ago from Johanesburg

      congrats on you lotd

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      We have s'mores over our firepit. Congrats on LOTD. Blessing this yummy lens!

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      Marianne Gardner 5 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      Love those toasted marshmellows. I'll have to try S'mores made by putting a marshmellow between an oreo. What a fun family memory-maker! Thanks!

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      fotolady49 lm 5 years ago

      Yum, Yum, and Fun, Fun! I am bookmarking this one. Congrats on LOTD!!!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Oh, man... I am very seriously craving some s'mores right now. What a wonderful lens you put together here! Thanks for sharing! Congrats on your LotD, and blessings from this SquidAngel! :)

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Congratulations on your Lens of the Day success. How could s'mores not be at the top of the list? Blessings.

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      sagebrushmama 5 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: Have you seen some of the swirled chocolate vanilla marshmallows Kraft has done in recent years? Also, I've seen flat marshmallows made specifically for S'Mores.

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      sagebrushmama 5 years ago

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      sagebrushmama 5 years ago

      @hntrssthmpsn: Very fun! Get those kiddo's brainstorming, and you'll have a blast!

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      sagebrushmama 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: It will be a blast, I'm sure!

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      sagebrushmama 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Great minds think alike? I need to explore making our own marshmallows, still!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just had to shout this on FB.

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      TheresaMarkham 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Best family memories = being together while making s'mores 'round a campfire!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      "I wonder", what a sweet approach to adventures to come and memories shared for generations. Funny thing is that just around Easter time, I was wondering if Peeps would work for S'mores and apparently they work very well as long as allowed to cool. Congratulations on LotD honors...you rock!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Thanks for the memories and Congratulations on LOTD! I will crave s'mores now until we can make them.

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      sagebrushmama 5 years ago

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      tonyplaysthemambo 5 years ago

      Where were all those colored marshmallows when I was a kid? I feel so deprived now. Great lens!

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      How have we never thought to make s'mores when we grill? And Reese's S'Mores... that's genius. Those sound guaranteed to melt my willpower right along with the kids' hearts :)

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      My children loved s'mores when growing up and now my grandchildren love them-so many yummy memories :>) ~~~Blessed~~~

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      The tips you gave about smores are excellent. I don't know how many times I have burnt myself putting one of them together.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I'll have to try some of your flavor variations next time we go camping. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD. Always good to see personal photos and stories in Lenses. I would not eat these though. Too many nasties in them! ;-)

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      You are very creative. My mind never went beyond the basics (graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallow). Having the neighbors come over for a s'more bar and fun around the firepit might be my next get-together.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      My favorite thing to do is to use the colored marshmallows, they come in pastel colors now. And I like to use gram crackers to put them in with fudge.

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      What a fun lens. congratulations on your LotD and purple star.

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      raelcalu 5 years ago

      the childhood memories of fire and marshmallows...nice lens...congrats on the LOTD

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great job getting LOTD! I like the lens, because my grandchildren are always hounding me for marshmallows for this activity. I always give in. . .

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      bjesparza 5 years ago

      Yum!!

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      sagebrushmama 5 years ago

      @purpleslug: Great tip!

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      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      GabStar 5 years ago

      We've never had them but they look yum!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      They do look like great eating. Congratulations on getting LoTD!

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      kelvin03s 5 years ago

      I'm going to make some myself right now

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      purpleslug 5 years ago

      If we are around a campfire surrounded by rocks, we put one half of the graham cracker with the chocolate on it, on one of the rocks. The rocks are hot, so it slightly melts your chocolate. Yummy!

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      sidther lm 5 years ago

      These look delicious! Congrats on LOTD!!!

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      PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

      Family + camp fire + s'mores = a great family night.

      I know we have done it many times.

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      @aka-rms: Thank you! My first ever LOTD...astonished at all the well-wishers!

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      @PTurner56: Pretty close...just over the border! Southern NV, and yes, the mountain views are beautiful, aren't they?

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      Mmmm - I totally want a smore now! My favorite is the tried and true, graham cracker, hersheys, marshmallow. Congrats on the LOTD :)

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      Robin S 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations, this yummy lens was selected as LotD today! You can read all about it at SquidooHQ: http://hq.squidoo.com/lotd/smores-simple-tips-for-...

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      There's nothing like a toasted marshmallow! Blessed!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Many people having memories made with smores. Thanks for sharing yours. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      kevkev227 lm 5 years ago

      Great lens...congrats on LOTD :)

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      kburns421 lm 5 years ago

      Your lens is wonderful! I would've never thought of these ideas, and they're amazing. They're making me miss the bonfires I used to go to in Iowa in the fall when I was younger. Living in Florida, I don't often get to make smores over a real fire, but I will try these next time. Congrats on the purple star and LotD.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      What a delicious lens! Congrats on LOTD!

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      I love making s'mores when I am camping or at family bonfires. Always special and memorable times! Thanks for sharing and congrats on LotD!

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      PTurner56 5 years ago

      Way to go with your LOTD! Loving the Desert and Mountain views sounds like you live in the high desert of Southern California...yes?

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations on winning the Lens of The Day (LOTD)!!!

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      EEWorkouts 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!