July 16th, 2009
We’ve been backpacking and camping a lot lately. It is amazing how much better food can taste when you are camping, or after a long hard days worth of backpacking. I always look forward to breakfast while camping, and dinner while backpacking but my favorite meal is dessert! What else do you have while camping for dessert but S’mores!
When I was younger my family and I went camping frequently throughout the summer months when the sun is hot and the rivers in Oregon are cool. I am pretty sure I ate more s’mores than anyone else in my family and I can remember my mom always having to force me to stop! This was probably a good thing — I probably would have made myself sick from eating too many.
The one thing my dad taught me was that you never want to cook the marshmallow directly in the fire, but instead use a hot bed of coals. This helps to brown the marshmallow instead of lighting it on fire. Some people do prefer a blackened marshmallow though, so if that’s you then feel free to burn away. I thought, the other day while camping, what a better way to celebrate this summer (here in Oregon) but with a “how-to make s’mores” post. Here goes in five simple steps:
- 1 large marshmallow
- 1 whole graham cracker, split into two halves
- 2 small Hershey’s chocolate pieces
- 1 bed of hot coals
- 1 marshmallow roasting stick
1. Prepare a bed of hot coals. You can do this a few different ways. While camping, you can start a fire from wood and let it go for a while. Eventually the wood will burn down and you’ll be left with a great bed of coals for cooking. You can also use a charcoal bbq and do this right in your own back yard.
2. Next, prepare the graham cracker and chocolate so that you can put the toasted marshmallow next to it when it’s done roasting. I like to put the graham cracker close to the heat so that the chocolate can begin to melt. Be careful though because too close and it’ll get EVERYWHERE!
3. Get your marshmallow and put it on your roasting stick so that you are positive that you aren’t going to lose it in the fire.
4. Place your mallow (holding the opposite end of the roasting stick) near the bed of coals so that it slowly begins to turn brown. As one side turns brown, rotate the stick until each side is completely toasted and golden brown as shown in the photo. It should puff up a bit as you cook it. You want to do this step slow enough that the marshmallow heats up inside, as well as out — but it usually only takes two to four minutes.
5. Place the marshmallow, carefully (it’s hot), onto the chocolate. Then place the other half of the graham cracker onto the marshmallow completing the s’more! Now, lick your lips and ENJOY!
I hope you enjoy them!