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S’mores are one of my family’s favorite summer desserts! Of course they are a necessity for camping trips, but they are perfect for a S’Mores Summer party in your own backyard too.
Last week I created this Backyard S’mores Bar for an easy weeknight family dessert. We have a very busy family schedule this summer. My daughters are home from college, but they both have jobs and are in and out of the house. My son is 16, and he is working too and is out sailing whenever he gets the chance. So when everyone is actually home for a weeknight dinner it is a special occassion worthy of a fun weeknight dessert like S’mores.
After all S’mores don’t have to be made over a campfire – marshmallows taste just as good roasted over a charcoal or gas grill!
To make our Backyard S’mores Bar I started with the basics – Hershey Bars, Graham Crackers and Marshmallows. I found S’moreMallows at Walmart, which are marshmallows sized specially for S’mores. Then I added in some fun ingredients so that everyone in the family could add their own twist to a S’more.
To use as alternate S’more bases I bought some Gingersnaps and Lorna Doone Cookies.
For chocolate alternatives I got some of my husband’s favorite Special Dark Bars, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I also added Hershey’s Dark Kisses and Hershey’s Chocolate Chips. Then to balance it out I put out some shredded cocount, blueberries, caramel sauce and chocolate with hazelnut spread.
Backyard S’mores Bar Ingredients
- Hershey Bars
- Honey Maid Graham Squares
- Jet Puffed S’moreMallows
- Lorna Doone
- Special Dark Bars
- Special Dark Kisses
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Hershey’s Chocolate Chips
- Hershey’s Caramel Sauce
- Coconut Flakes
I also printed out some marshmallow shaped labels, taped them to toothpicks and stuck them in marshmallows for cute S’more themed labels for all the ingredients!
Like the labels? You can print your own set out here! I have two free printable downloads, one with blank labels for adding your own ingredients, and one with the ingredients I used. Just click on a picture below to download a free printable pdf.
Once I had the S’more Bar set up we had fun making our own special S’more creations. My creation was the Blueberry Caramel S’more.
This featured blueberries, coconut and caramel sauce added to the traditional marshmallow, chocolate and graham crackers, and it tasted amazing!
- 2 Graham Crackers
- 1 Marshmallow
- ⅓ Hershey Bars
- 6 Blueberries
- 1 T. shredded coconut
- 1 spoonful Caramel Sauce
- Roast the marshmallow.
- Put the marshmallow on graham cracker.
- Top with blueberries, coconut, caramel sauce and the other graham cracker.
So Let’s Make S’Mores Tonight! You can find all the ingredients I found and some other I never even thought of at Walmart. They have a special S’mores display set up in many stores.
I’d love to hear your favorite way to make and enjoy S’mores, and what ingredients you think I should add to our next S’mores Bar!