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S’mores Ideas for Summer Nights

Published: May 15, 2023

This summer, make your nights full of sweet memories with this guide to an amazing S’mores night! Whether you’re gathering with family or throwing an awesome party, we’ve got the best S’mores ideas and recipes for every kind of get-together.

family enjoying smores outdoors around a campfire

Plan Your S'mores Night

Everybody loves a S’mores night! We’ll give you the best tips and tricks so that you can handle any occasion that calls for the ooey, gooey, melty treat.

S’mores Party Essentials: The Ingredients

In order to make a classic S’mores treat, you’ll need graham crackers, marshmallows and, of course, HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Bars!

The fun doesn’t have to stop there. Get creative by swapping out or adding ingredients to make yummy gourmet S’mores. Instead of using classic milk chocolate, try including CADBURY CARAMELLO Milk Chocolate Bars, REESE’S Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, or get fun and festive with HERSHEY'S White Creme with Sprinkles Popping Candy Bars.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to change your chocolate to make your S’mores more interesting! Try adding a layer of peanut butter, jam or fresh fruit to your S’mores creation. The combinations you can create are endless!

If you’re throwing a party, make sure you’ve got enough of the classic ingredients and unique mix-ins so that everyone can enjoy. Grabbing some pantry packs of REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups and HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Bars can make this step super easy. Don’t forget to stock up on plates, napkins and trash bags for simple cleanup during and after the celebration.

smores made with assorted hersheys candy and toppings

How to Make S'mores

The most traditional way to make S’mores is over a campfire. If you have an open fire available, create your S’mores by toasting marshmallows on a long stick and then putting them between crunchy graham crackers and creamy chocolate.

Have a bigger crowd on your hands and looking to serve up S’mores quickly? Try firing up the grill to make several of these HERSHEY’S S’mores in a Cone at once. This recipe is a fun (and less messy!) twist on a classic that both adults and kids are sure to enjoy.

Pro Tips for S'mores-Making

If you consider yourself the ultimate S’mores lover, check out these pro tips to take your S’mores-making skills up a notch.

adding campfire roasted marshmallow to a smore

The first is finding out everyone’s preferred level of marshmallow “toastiness.” Are you a level 2 who likes it just a little bit golden? Maybe you’re a 5 or 6 who likes it perfectly browned. And then there are those who go all the way to 10 where the marshmallow is basically on fire. There’s no wrong way to make a S’more, so toast until your tastebuds are content!

Another tip for making this dessert over a fire would be to get yourself some reusable sticks for marshmallows. By getting some washable metal sticks, you’re not only making cleanup easy, but you’re also helping the environment by having less waste. In addition, these reusable sticks double as party favors for guests to take home and make S’mores on their own later!

We know parties can get pretty messy sometimes. When you throw in melted chocolate and gooey marshmallow, you’re going to need all the help you can get when it comes to cleaning up. Our pro tip is to get wipes or a wet cloth and a bucket of warm water to scrub off some of that stickiness. This will keep your clothes, chairs and blankets clean!

How to Make S’mores Indoors

The rain got you down, or you don’t have a campfire nearby? Don’t worry! It’s super simple to host a S’mores night indoors and make S’mores at home. You can use an air fryer, an oven or even the microwave to make the tasty treats. If you’re feeling a little fancier, you can try out an electric S’mores maker to toast marshmallows on your countertop.

More S’mores Night Recipes

From kid-friendly desserts to adults-only drinks, we’ve got every S’mores recipe you could need to make your gathering super sweet.

Elevate Your S’mores Party with Special Touches

Sometimes a S’mores party needs more than just S’mores! Take your gathering to the next level by setting the mood with some string lights, blankets and pillows. Line a path to the house with solar lights so guests can make their way inside later. You can even set up an outdoor movie night to really give guests a sweet experience.

Outdoor games are also a great option to keep friends and family busy during your party while giving them some fun competition! Make your games glow in the dark by lining your cornhole or other game boards with LED lights or setting up a ring toss made with glow necklaces.

Flavorful Party Favors

End the night in a way they’ll remember by putting together individual S’mores kits for friends and family to take home!

friends making and enjoying campfire smores outdoors

Guests can keep the party going even after it ends by making the DIY S’mores any way they choose. In each bag include the key ingredients to make S’mores and feel free to throw in some other fun goodies like small toys or candies. Keep the packaging simple by using clear bags and cute stickers, or get creative and use small caddies, buckets or boxes.

August 10 is National S’mores Day, so if you’re still deciding which day to throw your S’mores party on, that would be a pretty perfect one. With all these great new tips and tricks, go make sweet memories and throw the best S’mores night ever!