It’s that time of year again, when we set a few precious moments aside to appreciate the s’more. We’ve been enjoying the simple (yet occasionally elegant) fireside dessert for nearly a century, since its sweet, sweet invention in the early 20th century. The world may have changed since then, but s’mores are still the perfect way to give yourself an end-of-evening sugar rush as the fire dies down and the ghost stories start. The nation agrees with this sentiment — between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend, Americans buy over 25 million six-packs of Hershey’s chocolate bars, which is enough chocolate to make over 300 million s’mores. That’s not to mention how many sexual-appetite-curbing grahams we devour.
Still not convinced that it’s time to do like The Sandlot crew and make a s’more? Would you believe that today is National S’Mores Day? You’d have to be some sort of a summertime Grinch to deny yourself the sugary treat on the very day of its celebration. No campfire? No problem. Just fire up your stovetop burner, or broil some marshmallows in the toaster oven. And no need to stick to the simple graham cracker/chocolate/marshmallow equation, either. We’ve got you covered: below are 16 different options to tease your palate, from the fancy DIY kit for the gourmand to the savory/sweet variation for the bacon lover. Whether you want to stay in or go out to celebrate this wondrous occasion, you’ll find a recipe that will have you asking for seconds and thirds…and… hey, we’re not judging.
Stylized S’mores: Sanderling Resort, Outer Banks, N.C.
What’s better than roasting marshmallows over a giant fire pit? Nothing, except maybe doing it at an idyllic resort on the shores of the Outer Banks. Every night the resort brings out fixings for guests to put together s’mores — and they don’t limit the ingredients. Go ahead and steal some favorite recipes from the chalkboard menu:
- The Grasshopper: Marshmallow, York Peppermint Patty, graham crackers
- The Nutty Buddy: Marshmallow, peanut butter cup, graham crackers
- The Samoa: Marshmallow, caramel square, toasted coconut, graham crackers
S’mores For Every Diet: Hyatt Regency, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Much like the Sanderling, Huntington Beach’s Hyatt Regency lets guests create s’mores on one of the beach fire rings, with the help of the fireside fun master. The best part: if you follow a gluten-free or vegan diet, you won’t have to miss out on the gooey fun. The fireside fun master will make sure to bring special ingredients just for you.
S’mores Ice Cream Sandwich: Hinoki & the Bird, Los Angeles
Finally, something to cool you down during this insanely hot summer. Hinoki & the Bird’s executive chef Brandon Kida has come up with a unique play on an ice cream sandwich that will take you right back to your days at summer camp. Just imagine: vanilla ice cream, rolled in chocolate crunch, finished with torched marshmallow, and layered between two chocolate brownies. Or don’t imagine. Go order it up for yourself, instead.
Frozen S’mores Napoleon: David Burke fabrick, New York City
Known for his playful, artistic desserts, David Burke fabrick’s executive pastry chef Zac Young’s newest dessert is no exception. The Frozen S’mores Napoleon is made of graham cracker angel food cake, chocolate semifreddo, and coffee marshmallows. It’s refreshingly cold and beautifully-textured, and we want some please, right now.
Zen S’mores: Sushi Roku, Santa Monica, Pasadena; ROKU, West Hollywood, Calif.