Not Your Ordinary S’Mores — Creative Ways to Enjoy a Campfire Classic!
Another long weekend is upon us! Instead of doing a traditional menu we’ve shared in the past, we decided to focus this week’s blog on a campfire must-have, s’mores!
The original meaning of Labour Day is now generally overlooked. It is now seen as the closing of the summer, and return back to school for kids. Often, families take this opportunity to have one last weekend away at the cottage or renting a campsite to commemorate the season’s end.
There’s nothing more reminiscent of the end of summer than sharing a campfire with your family while roasting marshmallows to make a classic s’more! The original name of the s’more recipe was actually ‘Some More’ and not quite known when it was shortened to this abbreviation. However, the origin of the ‘Some More’ goes way back to 1927. The term was coined by a Girl Scout troop leader, Loretta Scott Crew. It was included in their Girl Scout Guide for Tramping and Trailing. The tradition of making s’mores by the fire is a great way to spend this final summer weekend with your loved ones.
We thought we’d amp up your usual s’mores recipes and give you some ideas! Whether you’re spending the weekend cottaging, camping or even just sticking around home!
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While we all love a good ole original s’more with the traditional graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow combo, we thought we’d kick it up a notch. We put together an assortment of s’mores made using alternative ingredients that you may never have thought to use. You will assemble it on a charcuterie board, so it’s easy to serve no matter what campfire you are near!
Obviously, you still need the basics:
We opted to use a gluten-free graham cracker by Kinnikinnick, called Smoreables. You can find them at all of our locations. Not gluten-free? No problem! You can sub-in regular graham crackers. But if you have family members or visitors who have issues with gluten, these are a great replacement!
It wouldn’t be a s’more without the gooeyness of marshmallows. Still, unfortunately, most conventional marshmallows are made primarily of corn syrup and other corn by-products. Corn is one of the most genetically modified crops at this time! It may be beneficial to avoid the consumption of these options. Instead, substitute them with a healthier alternative, like Dandies Marshmallows (made mostly from tapioca). Dandies are also vegan, made without gelatin, which is an added bonus for those of you who are vegetarians or vegans!
For the chocolate, we’ve opted to include a few different options. The first is a more traditional milk chocolate bar by Lily’s. The benefit to Lily’s is it’s sweetened with stevia. For those of you watching your sugar intake, you can reduce the amount of sugar in a s’more by using this type of chocolate instead. We’ve also included less traditional varieties of vegan white chocolate and a matcha chocolate bar! Don’t be afraid to try these.
S’Mores Charcuterie Board
- Galerie Au Chocolat Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Bar
- Olivia Vegan White Chocolate Bar
- Lily’s Creamy Milk Chocolate Bar
- Glutino Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
- Free2b Milk Chocolate Sun Cups
- Theo Organic Peanut Butter Cups
- Kinnikinnick S’moreables Graham Cookies
- Dandies Vanilla Flavoured Marshmallows
- Dandies Mini Vanilla Flavoured Marshmallows
- Nature’s Emporium Chocolate Cashew Fresh Nut Butter
- Nature’s Emporium Peanut Butter
- Nature’s Emporium Organic Cherry Premium Spread
- organic strawberries
- organic raspberries
- Start by choosing the board that best suits the amount of people you are serving.
- Place your bowls strategically on the board and fill with nut butters and spread.
- Place chocolate bars on the perimeter of the board.
- Add butter cups and cookies in between.
- Add the graham cookies and both marshmallows in the center.
- Serve by the campfire with sticks and enjoy!
Our friends at Leo & Co Bakery have created these delicious treats that are made of wholesome ingredients like, almonds, cashews, apples, coconut and sweetened with monk fruit to keep the sugar content low. Plus, we’ve opted to use a Lily’s Chocolate Bar, which also is low sugar. Find these decadent beauties at our Juice Bars or in the Bakery department and either enjoy them on their own (especially if you’re keto, paleo or watching your sugar consumption), or combine them with Dandies Marshmallows and drizzled Camino chocolate & crumbled Kinnikinnick Graham Crackers for a different take on S’mores this Labour Day weekend (no campfire needed)!
S’Mores Mini Donuts
- 6 Leo & Co Apple Cider Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts
- 24 squares Lily’s Creamy Milk Chocolate Bar 4 per donut
- 6 Dandies Vanilla Flavoured Marshmallows
- 1 tbsp Kinnikinnick Smoreables Graham Cookies crumbled
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ tbsp Nature’s Emporium Coconut Oil
- Place the oven on broil and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Crumble the graham cookies into a small bowl and set aside.
- Prepare a double boiler with simmering water on the stove-top. In the bowl, add chocolate chips and coconut oil and stir until all chocolate chips are completely melted and smooth. Set aside.
- Cut the donuts in half, place the bottom on the parchment paper and place the 4 chocolate squares on each donut base and a marshmallow on top of the chocolate.
- Broil for 3-5 minutes, keeping an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.
- Once the marshmallow is golden or roasted, remove from the oven and quickly place the other half of the donut on top and press down lightly to attach to melted marshmallow.
- Drizzle melted chocolate on top and sprinkle finely crumbled graham cookies.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
- 4 organic bananas
- 4 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4 tbsp Dandies Mini Vanilla Flavoured Marshmallows
- 1 tsp Kinnikinnick Smoreables Graham Cookies crumbled
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Slice the banana down the center from tip to base, be careful not to slice all the way through.
- Set the banana in a foil pack, pull apart the center and add chocolate chips, marshmallows and graham cookies and place on the grill or in the oven.
- Cook it for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the chocolate is melted and the chocolate chips have melted.
We also have ready-made cookies, cake and cupcakes available in our stores for you to indulge in! These decadent desserts are made by Sweets From the Earth and are all vegan, peanut and tree-nut free! Pick these up as a sweet treat to yourself this Labour Day if you don’t feel adventurous in making one of the above recipes!
Besides indulging in s’mores-flavoured everything, how do you plan on spending your last long weekend of summer?