Shock horror! Yes, I am starting the new year off with a slightly less than healthy eating example since my poor deprived daughter never had a S’more experience growing up. There was a bonfire on the beach almost


Tatjana never had a S’more as a child

every night while we were there, so we planned a New Years Eve treat. Well – I did say the new year was for trying new experiences and things! In my realm that should include culinary ones, too.


Marshmallows, graham crackers and Hershey’s chocolate for classic S’mores

Unfortunately my nephew came down with pneumonia (he is okay now, but it would have been so much more fun with the twins), and the fog rolled in that evening, so our plans were postponed until New Year’s Day.


Get your ingredients skewered and ready

And the gas stove played understudy to the campfire, but the results were fun and delicious none the less. In case any one else out there has missed out on S’more bliss – here is how you do it (wherever fire is available).


Add heat…

Prepare your graham crackers and piece of chocolate, so you can squish it all together quickly once the marshmallow is hot and gooey to help melt the chocolate a little. Place a marshmallow on a skewer and


Control the burn

hold over the fire, turning occasionally to achieve an all round golden exterior. Don’t worry if it catches fire, just blow it out. A little bit of singed marshmallow adds flavor and texture.


Golden, slightly burned and ready

Once you have the desired color on the outside, quickly place over the prepared graham cracker with


Place on chocolate prepared graham crackers while still hot to melt chocolate

chocolate, and use the top graham cracker to help pull the ooey gooey marshmallow off the skewer.


Get ready to smoosh

Press down lightly to make the S’more sandwich with the hot marshmallow oozing over the melting chocolate.


Ooey goodness with the right amount of smokey singe and crunchy cracker

Eat by hand, and whatever you do – refuse to share this luscious treat with anyone, no matter how hard they

Tatjana Rhodes with her first ever S'more
Tatjana Rhodes with her first bite of S’more, ever!

beg, especially the dog (chocolate is poison for them, you know – I found that out the hard way once).

Tatjana Rhodes and Daisy
In fact, she liked it so much she refused to share

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  • January 6, 2012
    10:40 am

    Animal crackers also work well, albeit messier because they’re small. But the mess is part of the fun!

    • January 6, 2012
      12:02 pm

      With mini marshmallows?

      • January 6, 2012
        12:14 pm

        I’ve tried with mini but it’s so hard because the skewers are too thick..we usually just scrape the regular marshmallows off the skewer using the animal crackers and we wind up having one marshmallow make up two s’mores.

        It’s also a great excuse to have more than usual. “Well, they’re smaller!!”

  • January 6, 2012
    10:28 am

    So being in Brasil Smores are not a tradition here and I never had one in my life even during the 2 years I lived in the USA so now with this amazingly simple and illustrative recipe, I’ll be able to make some at home!! I won’t find the same crackers though… are they sweet or salty? That’s my only doubt! Beijos (kisses) from Rio! :)

  • January 6, 2012
    10:33 am

    Hi Paula – that is the kind of comment that makes this so much fun! The graham crackers are sweet – like the kind of biscuit you would use for a cheesecake crust. I know in England, a Digestive biscuit would be what you want – not sure about Brasil, though.

  • January 6, 2012
    10:57 am

    Oh I know exactly what you’re talking about!! We have similar do digestives here which I use to make cheesecake crust! This is totally in my plans for 2012! Thanks Julie Anne! :)

    • January 6, 2012
      12:04 pm

      I thought there should be something comparable – just not familiar with Brazilian stores.

  • January 6, 2012
    11:42 am

    So, what did Tatjana think about her very first S’more?

    Also, tell her she looks great!

  • January 6, 2012
    12:05 pm

    She liked them, and thank you!

  • January 7, 2012
    2:24 pm

    The look between Tatjana and Daisy is priceless. LOL The close up of the toasted marshmallow is beautiful. I was crazy enough to make marshmallows once for smores… what a mess. You went the right way for sure.

    LOVE Tatjana’s hair colour. It’s a little different than the vacation photos if I’m not mistaken. It’s beautiful.

    • January 8, 2012
      11:07 am

      Yes, I love her hair right now too – softens her face. All of Tatjana’s English friends are asking for the S’mores now – she could open up her own S’mores truck in London. I think we started something big.

      Check out what my personal chef mentor had on New Year’s Eve:

      New Years Eve we were at Jasper’s (my fav restaurant in The Woodlands) * I had this little lovely they called a Smores “Bon Bon” w/ a Homemade Graham Cracker, Toasted Marshmallow Gelato. I LOVED the toasted marshmallow mousse on top!!!! Look: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150647669140130&set=a.10150647660915130.490744.670520129&type=1&theater

      So I guess we are current at least!

  • January 7, 2012
    9:04 am

    I have to admit that I’ve never indulged in a s’more and hadn’t heard of them until a few years ago. Moving on, I’m determined to eat healthier this year and keep fresh fruit and veg a priority. Plus, a few naughty excess pounds found their way onto my butt and I’m determined to be back to normal as soon as possible, but by being realistic in my expectations. Happy New Year to all and especially to you, Jewels and the lovely Miss Daisy.

  • January 7, 2012
    1:42 pm

    Ruthee, just get back on track eating healthy and try to get a little extra exercise, and it should come off. You are not alone. First thing, first – get healthy, then worry about excess weight.

    • January 8, 2012
      5:27 am

      My bad! I nibbled a little too much on sweets over the holidays. And quantities of cheese was something of which dreams are made of, at least my dreams. Mea culpa. You’re right, just get back to eating sensibly and try to move about a bit more. Should lose a few pounds this week stressing over appointment with specialist looking at my hands. Oh well! Life moves on. Hugs to you!

  • January 8, 2012
    8:16 am

    …[the ingredient plate] looks good to me!

    So glad Tatjana had her first encounter with s’mores (and enjoyed them!) I’m sure she’ll be adding them to her request lists every time she comes home to visit?!

    My mom’s favorite, s’mores were among the ‘gourmet’ staples we whipped up during the string of hurricanes that hit South Florida a handful of years ago (no power for 2 weeks)… have tealight(s), will cook! LoL ;)

  • January 8, 2012
    11:18 am

    She’s adding them to her friend’s request list in London after they’ve seen the post! She’s already figured out she can use digestives, Cadbury’s milk chocolate, and bringing a slew of marshmallows home in her luggage.

  • January 8, 2012
    4:08 pm

    Oh I’d love to be the custom’s inspector checking out her luggage. Just to see his or her face when coming upon bags of marshmallows. :)

  • January 8, 2012
    10:21 pm

    Hey Jewels, your boy, Robert, says STOP TALKING ABOUT SMORES! LOL Now he wants some, but alas, it’s 11:20pm Way too late for those. I promised him next weekend we’d fire up the grill, sit in the front yard and enjoy some smores. Sean Jr’s been dying to do that too.

  • December 28, 2012
    9:11 am

    This post just never gets old. What a fun activity for everyone and if I’m not mistaken, there are a few restaurants in NYC that have smores on the menu complete with your own little pot of hot coals.

    On a side note… I know it’s forever ago but does Tatjana remember the shade and make of the nailpolish she has on here?

    • December 28, 2012
      10:00 am

      It was done in a nail salon (one of her fav mother-daughter outings together), so I doubt it Rachel.