[twitter]I didn’t have my first s’more until I was 41.

While we went camping a lot when I was a kid, we just did the marshmallow roasting thing. Plain. No graham crackers and chocolate. I am an expert roaster, but it wasn’t until I had kids that I learned the magic of s’mores. In fact, the first time Zacharie and I made them, I had to ask advice around the campground’s community campfire to make sure I was making them right.

Now, as we prepare for our first long weekend of the road tripping season, the s’mores supplies are sitting there next to the tarps, tents, and camping bins. Honestly, I think the boys only want to go camping so they can have s’mores.

Here are some ways to kick up your s’mores at the campground this weekend.

Fireside S’mores

Fireside S'mores

8 graham cracker squares
2 milk chocolate candy bars, each halved
4 large marshmallows
4 long-handled forks

On each of 4 graham cracker squares, place candy bar half.

Spear each marshmallow on long-handled fork; toast over campfire coals or over grill with low heat.

Place 1 toasted marshmallow on top of each chocolate bar. Top each with cracker; press together and hold for a few seconds to melt chocolate.

Chocolate Granola Thin S’mores

Granola Thin Smores

Large marshmallows
Nature Valley* Granola Thins Dark Chocolate

Spear 1 large marshmallow on long-handled fork; toast over campfire coals or over grill on low heat.

For each s’more, place toasted marshmallow on chocolate side of 1 granola thin. Top with another granola thin, chocolate-side down; press together and hold a few seconds to melt chocolate.

Campfire S’mores Banana Boats

Banana Boat Smores

4 bananas
1/2 cup (125 mL) chocolate chips
1/2 cup (125 mL) miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup (125 mL) crushed Golden Grahams* cereal

Cut 4 (12-inch/30 cm) sheets of foil.

Make deep lengthwise cut along inside curve of each banana, being careful not to cut all the way through. Open slit to form pocket.

Fill each banana with 2 tablespoons chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons marshmallows and 2 tablespoons cereal.

Wrap each banana in foil, making sure that foil opening is on top. Using tongs, set wrapped bananas in coals of campfire; cook 8 to 10 minutes. Carefully remove from fire; peel back foil.

What’s your favorite way to do s’mores? Link it up!

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