12 Creative S'mores for a Party

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This morning I showed you one of the many S'mores we served at my sister's backyard S'mores birthday party (full party post coming tomorrow). But while Key Lime S'mores are pretty rad, we needed more than one combo for our buffet.

My sister and I brainstormed crazy S'mores for weeks, and today I want to show you twelve of the most popular kinds our guests stacked up — including two savory S'more sandwiches!

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Cinnamon Caramel S'more on top of a Fluffernutter S'more

A S'mores party is most fun, I think, when you have a creative array of options to cobble together over-the-top treats.

One of the best ways to do this is to use filled chocolates. My sister had the bright idea of using those individually-wrapped Ghirardelli squares, which are just the right size for a S'more. They also are thin and more delicate than, say, a Hershey bar, and they come in a lot of fun flavors.

My sister went a little crazy and put bacon on a S'more with the Ghirardelli salted caramel chocolate. One of my favorites was the Cinnamon Caramel S'more, with dulce de leche smeared over the cracker. (Crazy sweet, but so good.) A lot of people at our party went straight for the peanut butter, and others loaded up on the chocolates filled with raspberry jam.

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Salty Caramel Bacon S'more on top of a Grasshopper S'more

But the most popular S'mores, to our surprise, were the savory options. This was a great idea my sister had: why not offer some savory fillings? We put out Carr's whole wheat crackers, which are hearty and thick and a little sweet, with mozzarella balls, goat cheese, prosciutto, arugula, and herbs. Our guests ate all of this up — it was nice to have something savory in the middle of all that sweetness.

For the more traditional S'mores, we used the classic technique: roast your marshmallows, then quickly sandwich the whole thing together, letting the hot marshmallow soften the chocolate.

But for the savory S'mores, which of course had no marshmallow involved, it worked better to cook the entire sandwich in a cage-style S'mores maker, like this one from Rome Industries. That way the cheese melted and the cracker got toasted.

Here are some of the most popular combinations!

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The Classic
Graham cracker + dark chocolate + marshmallow

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Triple Chocolate
Chocolate graham cracker + dark chocolate + chocolate marshmallow

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Salty Caramel Bacon
Graham cracker + chocolate with salted caramel + crisp bacon + marshmallow

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Fluffernutter
Chocolate graham + peanut butter + marshmallow

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Strawberry Banana
Graham cracker + sliced strawberries + sliced banana + marshmallow

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Lemon Meringue
Graham cracker + lemon curd + marshmallow

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The Elvis
Graham cracker + peanut butter cup + banana + marshmallow + (bacon optional)

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Grasshopper
Chocolate graham cracker + mint chocolate + marshmallow

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Strawberry Nutella
Chocolate graham cracker + strawberry slice + Nutella + marshmallow

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Cinnamon Caramel
Cinnamon graham + dulce de leche + marshmallow

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Savory Tomato
Carr's wheat cracker + mozzarella + tomato slice + basil

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Savory Prosciutto
Carr's wheat cracker + prosciutto + goat cheese

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Classic S'more on top of a Strawberry Nutella S'more on top of a Strawberry Banana S'more

What kinds of creative S'mores have you made around campfires and at parties? Do you have a favorite combo?

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(Images: Faith Durand)