American s’mores are a fun, sweet stack, best enjoyed around an open fire. As they’re made from only three simple ingredients – marshmallows, chocolate and sweet crackers – they’re ripe for reinvention. So that’s exactly what we did…
If you’re not fully au fait with American cuisine, chances are you’ve never heard of a s’more. This super-sacchrine, gastronomic curio is a short stack of marshmallow and chocolate, sandwiched by two graham crackers (a honey-based cracker sold in the US). And the name? Apparently it’s short for ‘some more’. This is one seriously Stateside portmanteau.
As s’mores are traditionally toasted around an open fire, we started thinking of all the brilliant ways we could rework the blueprint for a good old fashioned British bonfire party (not to mention all those summertime camping trips). So our resident s’more fiend, cookery writer Chelsie, took to the kitchen to create 10 makeover sweet and savoury stacks.
10 new ways to serve s’mores
Cookie base classic
This three-ingredient s’more is as close to the true American version as we got. In lieu of graham crackers, Chelsie used chocolate chip cookies. If you wanted to go all out and make your own biscuits, our simple vintage chocolate chip cookies are ready in half an hour. But in the world of the s’more, a convenient off-the-shelf biscuit is a quite acceptable alternative.
Welcome to the world of savoury s’mores, where marshmallows give way to hunks of molten cheese. This pizza-inspired stack works on its own, or served beside a bowl of steaming autumnal soup, or perhaps an Italian-style minestrone. La vita bella indeed…
Spicy salami s’mores
While we’re on the subject of all things Italo-American, our salami s’more, with taleggio and olives, is another super-dippable sandwich of savoury flavours. Sturdy melba toasts make a good outer layer for s’mores thanks to their wide surface area, and if you want to eschew shop-bought, you can make your own using standard sliced bread.
Cheese & bacon s’mores
It’s back to the opposite side of the Atlantic for our bacon & camembert s’mores, made with Ritz crackers and extra-melty camembert cheese. We recommend them served with a generous dollop of cranberry sauce or fruity chutney on the side.
Melty Ploughman’s s’mores
A classic British dish in s’more form? All that’s left to add is a hunk of pork pie on the side. Cream crackers are another winning choice for s’mores, as they’re compact and can handle being subjected to the heat of a flaming bonfire.
Salted caramel & peanut butter s’mores
Could this be one of the greatest flavour combinations of all time? The waffle biscuits add an extra element of caramel goodness, plus we used all-American peanut butter cups for extra Stateside kudos.
Chocolate Hob Nobs sandwich the classic toffee and banana flavour combination in this ultra-sweet dessert s’more, with a traditional marshmallow melty layer added for good measure. Digestives or Rich Tea would work too.
Lemon meringue s’mores
Proving the flexibility of s’mores, this citrus version uses shortbread rounds as the outer layer. Any jam or spread could be used in place of curd, or try a different flavour - our homemade passion fruit curd would turn things a touch tropical.
Pumpkin pie s’mores
Two classic American sweets become one in our autumnal pumpkin pie s’mores. Canned pumpkin puree is a great cheat’s ingredient, as it bypasses the need to deal with a whole, fresh gourd. You’ll find it in cans, usually imported from the US.
Have you ever made American-style s’mores? If not, do our makeover versions tickle your pickle? Perhaps you think the original model is best left untouched – we’d love to hear your thoughts. We also have lots more recipes and guidance for 5th November frivolity in our Bonfire Night section.