Get creative with a create your own s'mores buffet!

By Sarah Boucher, Publisher Macaroni Kid Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and Muskegon July 9, 2020

It's the perfect season for campfires, and that means s'mores!  Instead of the traditional graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow combination, why not try something new?  My family likes to have a make your own s'mores buffet and see who can come up with the most creative and delicious combinations.  Especially when we have friends over, it's a lot of fun to have everyone bring something different to contribute to the buffet!  Here are some of our favorite substitutes to kick it up a notch and enjoy all the gooey goodness!

Instead of plain graham crackers, try:

  • Chocolate covered mint cookies
  • Striped fudge cookies
  • Cinnamon graham crackers
  • Chocolate graham crackers
  • Chocolate chip cookies

Instead of milk chocolate, try:

  • Caramel or creme filled chocolate squares
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Dark chocolate
  • White chocolate
  • Miniature candy bars
  • Hazelnut spread
  • Chocolate frosting 

Consider adding these "extras" in the middle of your s'more:

  • Strawberries, bananas or other fruits
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Caramel candy
  • Peanut butter

You can even try flavored marshmallows!  I have seen chocolate flavored, chocolate filled, and sometimes seasonal flavors at my local grocery store!

Want to get really creative?  Try making s'mores in an ice cream cone!  Put your favorite chocolate and marshmallows and other toppings inside a sugar cone, wrap it tightly in foil, and carefully set it on the edge of your campfire (in a warm spot away from direct flames).  Let it sit for a few minutes so the chocolate and marshmallow melts.  Remove from the fire, unwrap, let cool and enjoy!

NOTE: S'mores cones should be supervised by an adult as the foil gets VERY hot!  Adults should test the temperature of the inside contents of the cone before children consume it to avoid burns.  

No matter what combination you choose, or how toasty you like your marshmallow, campfire s'mores are a great way to make memories with your family and friends around the campfire and have a sweet ending to a great day!