S'mores Australian Style: how to make Australian S'Mores

How to make Australian S'Mores guide

S'Mores is a camping treat you hear a lot about when reading stories from the USA.   It's a big thing over there.    No American camping trip is complete without partaking in the ritual of having a S'More. But in Australia, it's doesn't register as a camping experience we must have.      

In the interest of all things camping and because chocolate was involved, I bravely decided to venture into an unknown cooking territory and try to replicate this traditional dessert here in Australia.

Wikipedia says they are a

traditional night-time campfire treat” and made up of “roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker”.

The marshmallow and chocolate – no problems – a trip to my cupboard and we have them.

The graham cracker – what is that?         

Australian S'Mores 
Photo credit:  D.Niblack

The graham cracker is elusive here in Australia, though some stores that stock American food products, will also stock these.  But it's not something you can grab from any supermarket here in Australia readily.

So substitutes are needed.

McVitie Digestives seem to be the closest.  I have also heard that Arnotts “Marie” biscuits are worth a go.

So we decided to try to make an Australian S’More.   Here was "the plan":

    • Gather around a campfire
    • Get a Marie or McVities biscuit and put a piece of chocolate on it.
    • Cook a marshmallow over the campfire using a stick or whatever preferred method is.
    • Place the browned marshmallow on the biscuit that has the chocolate on it
    • Create a sandwich by putting another biscuit on the marshmallow, let the marshmallow spread a bit eg.ooze
    • Wait 30 seconds for the warm marshmallow to melt the chocolate
    • Eat and enjoy!

      Well, let me tell you that after our first experience with a S’More, it needs some refinement.     We hit a couple of problems.....

      • Choice of biscuit – Marie by Arnotts.  It seemed a bit too thick and sweet.  It was like sugar overload and not in a good way.   
      •  Chocolate that goes on the biscuit – we used a Cadburys Twirl broken in half.    When the marshmallow went onto this chocolate, it just did not melt.   I waited 30 seconds but that chocolate stood firm long after 30 seconds.
      • Marshmallow – to get it really gooey, I sort of set it on fire, so it was all blackened (not sure if I am meant to do that), but it didn’t seem to retain heat to melt chocolate.

      Where did I go wrong?  (apart from not using a microwave)

      My kids enjoyed this new camping treat, but I was a bit disappointed.  

      I think it comes down to my biscuit choice.   
      Or maybe my chocolate choice.    
      Or then again, maybe my marshmallow cooking!!!

      We tried our own version at Easter.     You can see Easter S'Mores here

      Australian S'More
      Searching for S'Mores information is impressive for a newbie to the world of S'Mores - there are sites dedicated to recipes; how to cook them; bizarre S'More alternatives; and even a Facebook page dedicated to S'Mores.   

      This site had a delicious-sounding recipe for Peanut Butter S'Mores.  Makes my mouth just water thinking about that combination.

       Or maybe you want to make your own S'More in a virtual experience?  

      Yes, at the Hersheys site you will be able to pretend you are making a S'More and create your own ultimate S'More without ever leaving your computer........Unless your computer keyboard is a giant S'More (see below)

      Australian S'Mores

      So, despite there being a lot of info out there for beginners, my S'More experience was not a huge hit.   

      I am not planning on giving up anytime soon - all those Americans can't be wrong - but I think the key elements to make a good S'More needs a small re-think on my part.

      Update:    Aldi has been selling the S'Mores Kit in June 2017, for the bargain price of $6 and you get 12 S'Mores out of it and using all the American products to recreate this S'More delight.    I can't guarantee how long this supermarket will have them, but worth having a look! 

      Alcoholic S'More Alternative

      S'Mores not for you?    Then  adults, you need to seriously consider this drink - S'Moretinis

      But wait - there is S'More.........

      S'More ideas!   Ways to enjoy a S'More (not always the traditional way)
      Please include attribution to www.berries.com with this graphic.

      (FYI:  This post was originally published in 2012, and has been updated to maintain accuracy and be informative as possible).

      Lead photo:
      "S’more" (CC BY 2.0) by  smith_family