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The Art and Science of S'mores

Hey campers, how well do you really know the s'more?

The Art and Science of S'moresSure, it's the ubiquitous sweet treat that is fun to roast around the campfire and tastes great. But do you know the history of the s'more? Have you tried some of the daring (or, as some purists may say, heretical) variations of the classic chocolate/graham cracker/marshmallow s'more? For example, are you familiar with the "Russian matryoshka doll" technique? (Yes, as far as we know, this is still legal in every state.) Do you roast one using a wire hanger, stick or a Rolla-Roaster?

A group of REI sweet tooths has put together what is perhaps the definitive infographic on s'mores. Check it out, and share it with your camping buddies. We're betting The Art and Science of S'mores will make your next campground outing just that much more interesting.

Posted on at 12:51 PM

Tagged: Rolla Roaster, Russian matryoshka doll, campfires, campgrounds, camping, chocolate bars, graham crackers, marshmallows and s'mores

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Jessie Spielvogel

My co-worker and I were on tour across the country and tried to come up with as many ways to make a smore as possible (we were touring in a trailer to demo scuba equipment for a few months). We came up with Stove top roasted, flambeed with a lighter, grilled, classic campfire roasted, microwaved, summer sun melted, and my personal favorite - stop top roasted with a chocolate cupcake thrown in the mix. Needless to say, we are pretty s'mored out!

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Lew Ayotte

Hate to be nit-picky, but the chocolate goes on the bottom, not on the top. Also, I'm curious, what did the original S'more creator use for marshmallow before the cylindrical marshmallow was invented?


I really like the variation of using fudge stripe cookies in place of the traditional graham crackers and chocolate. I've never been a huge graham cracker fan, so I think that's why I like these a little more. My husband, however, needs more chocolate, so he adds a bar of chocolate to the mix.


Just went on Cub Scout Camping Trip and used Tortillas instead of Grahm Crackers.. Sm-aco's we called em... They were Delicious!! We put chocolate chips plus mini marshmellows in the tortillas and then wrapped it up in a piece of tin foil and put them on the grill that was still hot from the dinner meal.. about 3 minutes and they were so good! :D


We like to shove a Rolo into the center of the mallow before toasting it =)
I'm also a big fan of Banana Boats, not really S'more like, but a great campfire dessert none the less.


Use a Reese P/Butter cup instead of Hershey bar...

Val in Real Life

Never been a fan of the chocolate bar in the smore. They're usually too thick and you end up with a ratio weighted too heavily in favor of chocolate. We opt for Nutella...great flavor, more control over amount.

We've even tried a few in-pan, over-the-fire concoctions to get a good melt of the chocolate. It's good but takes the fun out of roasting the 'mallow.


I always place the chocolate on one half of my graham cracker, then put it on a rock with aluminum foil beside the fire. While you roast your marshmallow your chocolate will be melting and reday to be eatin by the time your marshmallow is toasted. :) be carefull though the graham cracker will burn if there to long.


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