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TIP OF THE DAY: S’mores DIY Dessert Party Bar

Above: Just one of the options for a s’mores party bar. Image courtesy McCormick.

Since the Girl Scouts popularized s’mores (the first published recipe is in their 1927 handbook), they have been a happy tradition around the campfire. Two marshmallows toasted on a stick, a square of chocolate and two graham crackers make a delicious chocolate marshmallow sandwich.

The heat from the toasted marshmallow melts the chocolate a bit to add more lusciousness. The name of the sweet sandwich snack comes from its addictive quality: You’ll always ask for “some more.”

These days, the grill most often replaces a campfire, but the treat is just as sweet. And the original concept has given way to different riffs on s’mores.

This set of s’mores-inspired recipes, from McCormick, doesn’t even need a grill. It uses marshmallow creme, and sets up a build-your-own s’mores bar that offers different cookies in additional to graham crackers.

Want more than a cookie sandwich? Make “ice cream s’mores” by crumbling the cookies and piling the ingredients atop a scoop of vanilla.

Of course, you can use your own favorites instead of these ideas. Brainstorm with family and friends to come up with winning combinations:

  • Banana Split S’mores: vanilla wafers + vanilla marshmallow creme + chocolate sauce + chopped grilled bananas and strawberries
  • Chocolate Pretzel S’mores: graham crackers + mini chocolate covered pretzels + vanilla marshmallow creme + caramel sauce
  • Peach Melba S’mores: shortbread cookies + vanilla marshmallow creme + raspberry jam + chopped grilled peaches
  • Peanut Brittle S’mores: peanut butter cookies + vanilla marshmallow creme + caramel sauce + toffee bits and chopped peanuts
  • Raspberry Lemon Bar S’mores: sugar cookies + vanilla marshmallow creme + lemon curd + halved raspberries


    We love the combination of chocolate, marshmallow and graham crackers in any combination. You can:

  • Make s’mores on a stick by dipping plain (not toasted) marshmallows in chocolate and rolling them in graham cracker crumbs.
  • Make s’mores pie by filling a graham cracker crust with marshmallow ice cream (see below) and topping with chocolate sauce.
  • Make a s’mores sundae or parfait with marshmallow ice cream (see below), chocolate sauce and crushed graham crackers.
  • Here are variations on the classic s’mores recipe:

  • Cinnamon S’mores & Cappuccino Cocktail
  • Classic S’mores Recipes
  • Grilled Banana S’mores
  • Ice Cream S’mores Recipes
  • S’mores On The Grill
    S’mores sundae: crumble the cookies on top. Photo courtesy McCormick.com.

    If you can’t find marshmallow ice cream in the store, here are two ways to create it:

    Vanilla Ice Cream + Marshmallows: Soften a container of vanilla ice cream enough to be pliable, mix in halved mini marshmallows and return to freezer.

    Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream: For even more flavor, toast the marshmallows first. Here’s a recipe for toasted marshmallow ice cream.


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