There are two important things to know about our youngest son, Caleb. For one, he’s a pancake FIEND. Pancake Tuesday is his absolute favourite day of the year because I go all out with whipped cream and toppings. It’s even better if this falls on a weekend, so he can have pancakes TWICE in one day.
Secondly, he’s always had a healthy appetite for marshmallows. I can still remember how he used to say the word “marshmallow” when he was a toddler. My husband and I sometimes reminisce about it.
So, this *could* be one reason why he loves camping as much as he does: marshmallows are a given.
The best part about making your own smores kit is that you get to call the shots about what cookies and chocolate you’re getting. There are many options, it’s not as basic as it used to be when I was a kid:
The Cookie Part
There are tons of options, even if you are eating organically, or have gluten issues. Simply pick up some organic or gluten-free cookies in your grocery store’s specialty sections, and you’re set (same goes for chocolate, while we’re discussing it)
You can definitely go with traditional graham cookies, of course. However, sometimes it can be fun to shake things up.
Substitute with shortbread, oatmeal or chocolate chip cookies, to give your smore a completely different taste. You can even bake your own (however their shelf life likely won’t be as long as store-bought, for obvious reasons).
Something that we like to do is buy Celebration cookies for our smores. Celebration cookies are fantastic in that the chocolate is built-in. No need to buy chocolate bars at all. They come in milk or dark, and while they are a bit pricier than I like, because I don’t have to buy separate chocolate, to me, it’s worth it to me.
The Chocolate Part
Once again, there are many options here. You can choose organic or vegan options from a local health food store if your grocery store doesn’t care these products.
Typically, you want thin chocolate bars or squares, and they should cover as much of the cookie as possible. A test run might be necessary! The key, though, is the thinner the chocolate, the faster it will melt against the toasted marshmallow, which is the goal.
With so many chocolate flavours, it can be hard to choose, but the best part is, you can choose one of each! You can go with mint chocolate, milk or dark. There are also caramel options and even chocolate bars with chili powder (Chili EXCELLENCE Bar by Lindt). Almonds and fruit ‘n’ nut bars are also good choices if you’re looking to try something different.
The Marshmallow Part
I’m sure we’ve all seen those gigantic marshmallows called “giant roasters”. When my local Walmart started carrying them, you should have seen Caleb’s eyes light up! It was like Christmas morning! I decided not to get them, but I plan on surprising him this summer with a bag of these beasts.
Pick your favourite brand of marshmallow and you’re almost set to build your kit.
The Kit Part
The point of making a kit is to have everything you need for smores in one convenient place, so it’s portable and if it’s a container, it will keep your ingredients air-tight and fresh (meaning your marshmallows will have less opportunity to stick to one another).
Your local dollar store is a perfect place to pick up your container, but I suggest doing so after you’ve purchased your ingredients, so you know the rough size of everything, and can confidently purchase the right size container.
Key tips for buying a container:
- make sure the closure isn’t cheap – it may be from the dollar store, but you want something fairly sturdy
- choose see-through rather than opaque, so it’s easy to find in your camp supplies
- look for something with a good seal to keep air and moisture out
Putting it all together is simple enough: shove everything into the container. However, if you do a little prep work and break the chocolate up prior to your trip, you’ll reduce fumbling and possibly dropping it on the ground in the dark when you’re about to roast. Label zipper-top bags with the various flavours (if you went that route), and tuck them into your kit. You can also remove the cookies from their packaging and put them into a zipper-topped bag. This will reduce the bulkiness of the packaging, and offer an air-tight way to store them between campfires, The same, of course, can be done with your marshmallows.
And there you have it: a perfect, one-stop smore shop!
One last piece of advice: Have the other components ready to receive the roasted marshmallow before you roast. Get someone to help you by carefully squeezing the marshmallow off of your roasting stick with the cookie/chocolate parts. Then enjoy!
Did I leave anything out? What could make this better?