S’mores Party Ideas and tips for setting up the perfect s’mores station! Plus a recipe for making s’mores in the oven.
How to Throw the Best S’mores Party
This summer Kevin and I hosted a pool, pizza, and S’mores party every Monday night. It was a wonderful way to extend the weekend and get to know our neighbors. We’d all start to filter in after work, swim and hang out by the pool until sunset, order a pizza from our favorite local pizza joint for dinner, eat off paper plates, and then after dark, we’d head back outside to toast marshmallows around the fire pit.
I had so much fun setting up a different “S’mores Station” for us each week. In addition to the standard s’mores fixings, I decided to mix things up and offer options for different kinds of crackers, marshmallows, chocolates and spreads, so everyone could mix and match and make their own unique s’mores creation. S’mores deserve so much more credit than just graham crackers and Hershey’s bars! :) Plus all our neighbors got so into creating their own custom s’more! :) We had way too much fun dreaming up and sharing new flavor combos.
Kevin and I learned a lot over the summer from our weekly s’mores nights, including certain ingredients we knew we had to keep on hand at all times, and what supplies are an absolute must. There were also flavor combinations that stood out above the rest.
Fall is the perfect season for making s’mores, so if you’ve been wanting to to have a S’mores party at your house, I highly recommend it!! :) Here are our best tips and favorite ingredients for throwing the perfect S’mores party.
There are really only two types of crackers I had on hand at all times — Graham Crackers and Ritz Crackers.
Soo, if you’ve never had a s’more with Ritz crackers, it is absolutely a must try!! :) If you think you don’t like s’mores, or you not a huge graham cracker fan (me) you’ve got to try a s’more with Ritz! The buttery-salty-sweet aspect sends s’mores over the top!! :)
I always skip the grahams and head straight for the Ritz when making my s’mores, but I do always keep graham crackers on hand for the traditionalists. But we go through the Ritz three times as fast. Everyone is a convert after they try it! :)
Other options: Girl Scout Cookies. How fun would s’mores be with a marshmallow stuffed between two Thin Mints?? Or Samoas??! Or how about two freshly baked homemade chocolate chip cookies?? Oh dear. I could get in trouble here!!
I prefer just the original, standard-sized Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows. Kevin always requests the Chocolate & Vanilla Swirl variety as well. We tried the designed-for-s’mores Stacker Mallows, but found the size of the marshmallows to be too big for toasting perfection. When the outside was perfectly brown and toasty, the inside was still cold and raw. The outside of the marshmallow would burn before the inside would get melty and gooey. The original Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows are still the best when it comes to s’mores!
These were the three chocolates we kept on hand at all times. Every week we’d mix it up with fun novelty chocolate bars we’d find (like Cookies and Cream Hershey Bars, Ghirardelli Dark & Sea Salt Caramel Bars) but these were the three we kept coming back to over and over.
The Reese’s Cups were obviously the most popular! :) There is just something about that salty-melty-gooey chocolate peanut butter combination! :)
The Hershey’s Special Dark was my second favorite. And we always had a plentiful supply of the original Hershey’s Bar for the traditionalists. :)
Other options: Reese’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. I haven’t done this one yet, but I’m dying to try it! I’ve been keeping an eye out for them in the checkout line at the grocery store.
Oh boy. Here’s where it gets fun!! :) There are so many yummy spreads to choose from! Variety is key here. It’s fun having so many options! :) The ones above were the most popular at our S’mores nights and the ones we put out every week. Most of these can be found in the peanut butter aisle of the grocery store.
Plates for each person was a trick we learned a few weeks into S’mores night. We found it worked best to prepare the s’more ahead of time. Choose your cracker, add a spread, top with chocolate, and then it’s all ready for when your marshmallow reaches that perfectly toasted, so gooey it’s about to fall into the fire stage, and you’re not scrambling for a cracker to put it on.
Napkins or paper towels. S’mores are gooey! :)
Lots of knives for all the spreads.
A few servings trays are nice for laying out all the s’mores ingredients like the marshmallows, chocolate, crackers, etc.
A trash bag or trash can close by for all the wrappers and napkins is handy!
The Best S’mores Party Recipe
Out of all the combinations we tried with all the ingredients above, there was one combination that stood out above the rest. One combination that everyone kept coming back to over and over. This is the one that converted our beach friends into s’mores fans after said she never liked s’mores until she tried one like this. And that is the famous Ritz Peanut Butter Cup S’mores.
Ritz Crackers + Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup + Gooey Toasted Marshmallow. Press it together and let it sit for a minute while the hot marshmallow melts the chocolate and peanut butter.
This is what s’mores is all about! :)
S’mores can also easily be made using the broiler of your oven. I actually find it a lot easier to get that perfectly toasted shell using the broiler than a fire! Just lay a sheet of parchment paper over a cookie sheet, add as many or as few marshmallows as you want, and broil on the middle rack (not too close to the broiling element) until it reaches the desired shade of toastiness. (It took about 1 minute in my oven) Then flip to the other side and repeat so both sides are toasty. Remove and immediately place each marshmallow on a prepared s’more.
Other Options for toasting marshmallows:
Gas Stove burner
Ritz + Reese’s PB Cup + Marshmallow
Ritz + Dark Chocolate + Marshmallow
Ritz + Dark Chocolate + Salted Caramel Sauce + Marshmallow
These were the three s’mores combos I found myself coming back to over and over. They are definitely my favorites. I can’t get enough of them!! :)
Now I want to hear from you! :) Have you ever made gourmet s’mores? What are some of your favorite s’mores combinations? Do you have a favorite s’mores topping I didn’t list? Let me know in the comments section! :) I am always ready to try new s’mores. :)
Thanks so much for looking! Hope you enjoyed this post. Have an AWESOME s’mores party!! :)
Ritz + Dark Chocolate + Salted Caramel Sauce + Marshmallow
To make S’mores in the Oven
Prepare your s’mores fixings ahead of time. Choose your cracker, add a spread, and top with chocolate.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Adjust oven rack to middle position. Add as many or few marshmallows as you want, and broil until they reach the desired shade of toastiness. It happens quickly, so keep an eye on them the whole time. You may have to rotate the pan for even browning. If desired, flip the marshmallows to the other side to toast both sides. Remove and immediately place each marshmallow on a prepared s’more.
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