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I’m getting really excited for Eat Retreat this weekend. Last year, there was an epic s’mores spread by the campfire after our Friday night supper. It totally upended my understanding of the scope of things one might use to sandwich a molten marshmallow. In addition to homemade marshmallows, there were peeps, ginger snaps, mini waffles, caramel sauce made with goat milk, bacon chocolate, peanut butter cups. And on. It was ridiculous. In the best possible way.


And with Halloween fast approaching, this just seems like a perfect time to set up a s’mores bar for your seasonal festivities. I’m pretty certain that big kids and little kids alike will be equally smitten.

Skewer marshmallows on a stick, and arrange them in a tall vase

Skewer marshmallows on slender sticks and arrange them in a vase

Gather a handful of long, thin sticks from your neighborhood. Light a fire. Or gather everyone around your gas stove. Better yet, take them outside to a crackling fire pit in the brisk fall evening. Sear those marshmallows. Sandwich them between chai-inflected chocolates, ginger snaps, slather them with chocolate hazelnut butter, or any cookie/chocolate combo your heart desires.



For the cookie:

Homemade graham crackers
Ginger snaps
Sandwich cookies
Mini waffles

For the marshmallow:

Cardamom marshmallows
Homemade marshmallows
Marshmallow cream
Peeps! (Or homemade peeps!)

For the chocolate:

Chai Milk Chocolate from Dagoba
Almond Sea Salt Dark Chocolate from Chocolove (this is the BEST chocolate bar ever!)
Peanut Butter Cups from Newman’s
Chocolate Hazelnut Spread from Justin’s
Bacon Chocolate Bar from Vosges
Mint Dark Chocolate

Also love this Seasonal S’mores post for inspiration.

With many thanks to all the fine folks who helped make last year’s Eat Retreat S’mores bonanza so fantastic.

Chocolates for epic s
Some of my favorite chocolates

  • Sasha - This post has made me look at s’mores in an entirely new light. Cardamom marshmallows, bacon chocolate, yes please!

    Happy (almost) Halloween!ReplyCancel

  • Kitty - I’ve never thought to use stroopwaffels for smores – thank you so much! I can’t wait to experience that!ReplyCancel

  • Kasey - A homemade smores bar is the best! I’m so past the hershey’s bars and the basic marshmallow. Love the photos!ReplyCancel

  • leela - I WANT, I NEED!!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - I’m totally having a s’mores bar at my wedding and this just made me even more excited. Also, your photography is always gorgeous but I absolutely love the rustic feel and the light.ReplyCancel

  • Ashlae - Agh, that almond and sea salt chocolate bar got me this weekend. Except the big version – downed it in five minutes. I don’t know whether to be proud or ashamed.

    This s’mores bar is adorable. Gingersnap s’mores are my favorite :)ReplyCancel

  • la domestique - You have blown my mind! LOVE s’mores and cannot wait to have a s’mores bar. So many possibilities. I’m now going to look at everything food related and consider the s’mores possibilities. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - This is such a good idea; I love the idea of using different cookies and chocolate to really elevate this treat into something spectacular! Gorgeous pictures too, as ever.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - Totally digging this. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food - Big kids… small kids… who doesn’t enjoy s’mores? Have a fantastic time at Eat Retreat! Can’t wait to hear about it!ReplyCancel

  • thelittleloaf - Cardamom marshmallows sound amazing! Definitely one to try this Halloween.ReplyCancel

  • NicoleD - YES! The almond sea salt chocolate bar IS the best! I remember the first time someone brought peanut butter to a s’more bonfire and it opened up a new world of possibilities. Love the photos and s’more combos!ReplyCancel

  • SG - i would like 24 hour access to your s’mores bar.ReplyCancel

  • Annaliese - Oh man, s’mores are kind of my weakness. I’ve mastered the oven and toaster-oven version for when the campfire just isn’t an option. Love the ‘mallow photo!ReplyCancel

  • Huy @ HungryHuy - Ooo.. yummy! Another reason to use some of that hazelnut spread.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Sacks - I love Justin’s Hazelnut Chocolate Butter – it must make the most insanely good smores. I can’t wait to try this out. And the Eat Retreat sounds so amazing, I’m excited to hear all about it!ReplyCancel

  • Beth | {local milk} - This is basically the best thing ever. Stroopwaffle s’mores? I should have thought of that! Throw in some homemade cardamom marshmallows (another personal favorite) and bacon chocolate? Oh man. Ugh. I shouldn’t have read this at 1:30 AM. Inspiring some dubious midnight sweets cravings…ReplyCancel

  • Richard - First time here … what a lovely site, and the food sounds amazing!ReplyCancel

  • charlotte au chocolat - How fun! Totally making this happen.ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - Whoa. That is all I have to say about this.ReplyCancel

  • Turid - Oh no.. I can feel it happening. I have this sensible shopping list, and now.. now I know I will buy chocolate. And marshmallows. Who am I kidding. I love s’mores. Beautifully done!ReplyCancel

  • erin @ yummy supper - Kimberley, I hope your retreat was fun and delicious! I can’t see how you’d go wrong with friends, nature, and s’mores like these?
    Wasn’t the weather glorious?

  • erin @ yummy supper - Kimberley, I hope your retreat was fun and delicious! I can’t see how you’d go wrong with friends, nature, and s’mores like these?
    Wasn’t the weather glorious?

  • Kristina @ Reclaim SD - What a great idea! I recently discovered the Chuao Chocolate Spicy Maya Bar, so I’m going to try to work that into the mix.ReplyCancel

  • Diana @ Brooklyn Galley - Oh my god that looks delicious. Can’t get enough of new ways to remake s’mores!ReplyCancel

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