Recipe Review

S’meeses Are the Sleeper Hit of Summer

updated Feb 24, 2021
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I consider myself a s’mores aficionado. They’re the perfect nostalgic package of toasty marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate, and no other treat compares.

When it comes to how s’mores are made, I really don’t play favorites: I’ll take ’em over a fire, under the broiler, or even in the air fryer. What matters most is that the ingredients stay the same — you can save your fancy flavor combinations for someone else. Well, that was until I tried a new s’mores recipe from Hershey’s themselves: s’meeses. Yes, that’s a s’more made with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups instead of the classic milk chocolate Hershey’s Bar. Here’s how this one simple improvement to summer s’mores changes everything.

Peanut Butter Is Everything a S’mores Needs

S’mores are one of the greatest summer treats, both because they were designed to be prepped and eaten outside, but also because of their ideal combination of textures and flavors: crunchy, creamy, gooey, sweet. While the melted chocolate typically lends fat and a touch of bitterness, swapping it out for a peanut butter cup means there’s even more delicious fat and just the most perfect little salty kick that really takes s’meeses over the top. I’d say stop everything you’re doing right now and make them right away, but I want you to keep reading for a few tips.

To make s’meeses, simply make s’mores using your preferred cooking method and swap the chocolate pips for a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup. Since peanut butter cups vary slightly in size by brand, and even between packages of Reese’s, make sure you buy the classic Reese’s two-pack or king-size pack; these are Reese’s widest and flattest peanut butter cups that fit perfectly on a square of graham cracker.

Okay, now stop whatever you’re doing and go make these.