A fun, choose your own adventure s'mores bar. You choose the perfect cookies, marshmallows, chocolate and toppings for this make your own dessert charcuterie board. This dessert board is perfect any time of year.
We love making campfires in any season. Over the past year, we found ourselves spending more and more time outside with friends regardless of the season. Every time the evening started to wind down, the kids would ask if they could roast marshmallows. This inevitably turned into making s'mores, and I started experimenting with different ingredients for our weekly s'mores bar.
In this post, I will share all of our favorite ideas for building the ultimate s'more dessert board. The best part, all you have to do it plan it out and set it up. This low maintenance, delicious dessert board will make your next backyard BBQ or movie night extra sweet and special.
What Do You Need for a S'mores Bar?
- marshmallows - add variety - use some large ones, some mini marshmallows and vegan marshmallows if you have vegans or vegetarians attending your party
- marshmallow roasting sticks - I love these larger marshmallow roasting sticks for outside fires. Bamboo skewers are perfect for indoor roasting.
- cookies and crackers - graham crackers, Oreos, chocolate wafer cookies, chocolate chip cookies, Fudge Stripes, Deluxe Grahams (the chocolate covered ones)
- chocolate - variety is fun and important - see notes below
- other toppings - sliced strawberries or banana, peanut butter, toasted coconut flakes, caramel sauce, Nutella, Heath Bar crumble, sprinkles or crushed candy cane in winter
What Is The Best Chocolate for S'mores?
This is a hard question and it's really a matter of personal preference. I'm going to give you some of our favorites and you get to choose. Variety is nice and ensures that everyone will find something that they love on the dessert board.
- Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars - a classic choice that everyone loves
- Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - I like the classic cups and also the dark chocolate, thin peanut butter cups. Peanut butter takes the s'more to a new level for sure!
- York Peppermint Patties - the thin ones work well for s'mores
- Dark Chocolate - you can choose a favorite - the Special Dark from Hershey's works well for s'mores.
- Ghiradelli Chocolate Squares - you really can't go wrong here - this is a great way to get some dark chocolate and caramel into your dessert board
- White Chocolate Bars or Squares
- Andes Candies
S'mores Dessert Board
Cookies and Crackers
- graham crackers
- chocolate wafer cookies
- fudge stripe cookies
- milk chocolate I like traditional Hershey Bars
- dark chocolate Ghiradelli or other favorite brand
- white chocolate Ghiradelli or other favorite brand
- peanut butter cups milk and dark chocolate
- Andes candies
- peppermint patties
- large marshmallows
- mini marshmallows
- fancy marshmallwos something like Smash Mallows
- sliced strawberries
- peanut butter
- crushed Heath Bar
- Arrange all of the ingredients on your favorite serving tray. Add bamboo skewers and small spoons as needed for roasitng marshmallows and adding garnishes to your s'more.
How to Arrange Your Dessert Board
Choose your favorite cutting board or tray. Start with your main items - the marshmallows and graham crackers. Next, add the other components, one at a time until the board looks good to you. I like to use small, decorative bowls for the messier toppings. Finish your board off with some bamboo skewers and extra full sized and mini marshmallows around the board. Crackers and cookies look nice both stacked up and also arranged on their sides. You can add any labels or utensils that you would like.
Are S'mores a Summer or a Winter Thing?
Summer: Make Your S'mores Outside
In the warmer weather, there is truly nothing better than a marshmallow roasted over a campfire while listening to the peepers chirping off in the distance. Next, you'll need a decent fire and a pile of marshmallow sticks (think kids dropping sticky sticks in the dirt), but this is the classic way to make a s'more. The gas grill or a gas fire pit also work well for roasting marshmallows.
Cold Weather S'mores:
We don't stop with our s'more making just because it gets cold outside. Here are a few easy and delicious options for making s'mores anytime of year. Don't forget to snag some of those fun winter shaped marshmallows from Target if you are planning a winter s'mores dessert board.
- make an inside fire - we often snuggle up around the fireplace in our living room and roast marshmallows when it's cold outside.
- use your gas cooktop - turn the fire to low and let the kids roast their marshmallows over the flame on the kitchen stove (adult supervision required).
- use your oven - arrange graham crackers on a parchment lined sheet pan and top each cracker with a marshmallow. Broil on low, watching carefully, until the marshmallows are golden brown. Everyone can add their favorite chocolate and toppings to their s'mores.
- if you just want a melted/not toasted marshmallow, you can easily make a s'more in your microwave. Arrange a graham cracker half on a small plate. Place a marshmallow on top and cook on high for 15-20 seconds. Add your favorite chocolate and a graham cracker top - you have your very own microwave s'more!!