Make the Best Campfire S’mores: Tips and Tricks for Perfection

Last Updated on February 20, 2024

There is nothing quite like a campfire s’more. Whether you are camping in the great outdoors, or just sitting around the backyard firepit, these sweet treats are always a hit. But making the best campfire s’mores can be tricky – especially if you have never done it before.

In this blog post, we will teach you how to make the best campfire s’mores every time. We will also give you some tips and tricks for avoiding common mistakes. So read on and get ready to enjoy the tastiest s’mores of your life!

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Where Did The Idea For S’mores Originate?

S’mores were originally created during the American Civil War. Soldiers would roast marshmallows over open fires and sandwich them between two graham crackers with a piece of chocolate. The chocolate would melt from the heat of the marshmallow, creating a delicious and sticky treat.

Fire Safety

When you are using a campfire roasting stick, make sure that it is long enough to keep you at a comfortable distance from the heat of the flames. Remember that you should never underestimate the heat of the fire, so using a long stick or skewer will help keep you safe. We use these roasting sticks. They are great because they are adjustable, so they also pack up small. When you have a ton of camping gear, anything that can come in a compact option is amazing.

Also, be sure to have a bucket of water or sand nearby in case you need to put out the fire. And never leave your fire unattended!

Roasting Marshmallows

Campfire smores are best made with roasted marshmallows. You can use a campfire roasting stick or even a long skewer. If you are using a campfire roasting stick, be sure to roast your marshmallow over the embers, not the flames. This will help to prevent it from burning.

Once your marshmallow is nice and golden brown, it is time to add it to your graham cracker and chocolate.

The marshmallow tastes best when it is melted into the chocolate. Make sure you add the chocolate while the marshmallow is still hot. Otherwise, you will end up with a chocolate that is too hard to bite into.

Pro Tip: If you are using chocolate that can easily be punctured and stay on the skewer (ie. Snickers or Reeses), just before the marshmallow is golden brown, add the chocolate onto the skewer to give it a nice melt.

Toast Multiple Marshmallows At Once

When you use two roasted marshmallows, the chocolate will melt faster and more thoroughly. This will give you a gooey, chocolatey s’more that is hard to resist. Plus, it is the perfect way to make smores for a large group. All you need is one campfire roasting stick per person, and you can toast as many marshmallows as you want at once.

The Best S’mores Combinations

There are endless possibilities when it comes to campfire smores. But some combinations are better than others. Our personal favorite is the classic with graham crackers, Hershey’s chocolate, and marshmallows roasted over the campfire. But we have also heard good things about using Oreos, and Nutella. At every camping trip, we love trying new chocolate options and different combinations. We usually have a selection of chocolate to choose from; you can never have too many chocolate options!

If you want a no-fuss way to get all the smores essentials together, this Hershey’s s’mores caddy has everything you need.

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Use A Melting Block

Another way to make sure your chocolate melts thoroughly is to get a scrap of wood at the edge of your fire, but away from the flame, where it is nice and hot. Place your graham cracker topped with chocolate on it.  The chocolate will start to melt, making it easier to add your roasted marshmallow.

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Have Wet Naps Ready For Those Sticky Fingers

Campfire s’mores can be messy. But that is all part of the fun. Be sure to have wet naps or napkins handy to clean up those sticky fingers. You will be thankful when your fingers are not covered in ash and dirt while you are trying to devour your tasty creations.

And if you are really worried about the mess, you can always make s’mores in a cone.

Making S’mores In A cone

Want a hands-off s’mores experience? Bring some sugar cones on your next camping trip. Fill the cones with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and graham cracker crumbs. Then wrap them in tinfoil and place them on the edge of your campfire to roast. In about 15 minutes, you will have perfect campfire smores – no sticky fingers required!

Add Fruit To Your Smores

Make a smores banana split by adding a sliced banana to your classic combination of graham crackers, chocolate, and roasted marshmallows.

Or try this delicious strawberry s’more recipe: top a graham cracker with chocolate and a roasted marshmallow, then add a fresh strawberry on top. The heat from the marshmallow will slightly melt the chocolate and soften the strawberry – it is a heavenly combination!

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Substitute The Graham Crackers

Classic s’mores use graham crackers, but that does not mean that you have to! If you want a little change, try using different types of crackers or even cookies.

Some of our favorite alternatives are chocolate-covered graham crackers, chocolate chip cookies, and ginger snap cookies.

Do Not Let Your Marshmallow Catch On Fire — Or Do!

Depending on how you like your marshmallows, you can let them catch on fire and then blow it out, or you can roast them until it is a light golden brown. If you want that perfect campfire flavor, we recommend letting your marshmallow catch on fire and then blowing it out. This will give it a nice crispy outside and a gooey inside. Just be sure to blow it out quickly, so that it does not burn.

Stuff Your Marshmallows With Candy

Another s‘mores roasting option that will leave you with an ooey-gooey campfire classic: simply insert your favorite candy bar into the center of a marshmallow and roast it over the campfire. This works well with Rolo chocolate.

How To Clean Your Skewers

After you are done roasting your marshmallows, you can limit the sticky mess by putting the empty skewer back on the fire for a minute. This will help to burn off any residual marshmallows. And if you are using wooden skewers, it will also help to keep them from splintering. With the stickiness gone, washing the skewers will be a breeze.


And there you have it – our tips and tricks for making the best campfire s’mores! Campfire smores are one of our favorite camping traditions. And with these tips and tricks, you will be sure to make the best campfire s’mores ever!


What is your favorite s’mores combination? We would love to hear them in the comments below. Happy roasting!

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