The air is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and the kids have headed back to school. And while summer starts to feel like a distant memory, there are still ways to relive those glorious times — with summer’s ultimate treat, an ooey, gooey, crispy, and chewy chocolate s’more!
Whether you are looking for a creative dessert bar idea for your next party, want to wow your wedding guests, or simply need a fun group activity you can do rain (or snow) or shine, we have just what you need — an indoor s’mores bar!
14 Tips for Hosting an Indoor S’mores Bar Party
1. Pick a theme or color for your décor
A fun theme or color palette helps to elevate the look of your dessert bar. The key to creating an eye-catching display is to be consistent. So have fun in choosing a theme that fits with your party. Don’t have a party theme? Picking a color palette for your tableware will help to pull your whole display together. The little details can make a world of difference when it comes to creating a visual feast for the eyes.
2. Gather your ingredients
Chocolate. Check. Marshmallows. Check. Graham Crackers. Check. Three standard s’mores ingredients are all you need to make these ooey, gooey classic treats. How imaginative you get from there is totally up to you.
3. Get creative with your chocolate
Creamy, milk chocolate is the classic choice for this treat. But, creating the ultimate s’more, requires something more…like a square of extra dark chocolate, a piece of an organic salted caramel bar, a square of spicy chocolate, or even a slice of a Five Star Bar®. After all, better ingredients make better s’mores.
4. Upgrade to gourmet marshmallows
If you are feeling particularly inspired, why not try making your own marshmallows? Get creative by making different flavors or colors to match your party theme. You can even use cookie cutters to make distinctive shapes. If the idea of making your own marshmallows seems a little too daunting, these gourmet vanilla marshmallows are sure to impress your guests.
5. Spread s’more on
Why stop with chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers?! Add another dimension to your s’mores by spreading protein-packed peanut butter, hazelnut spread, or even caramel on your graham crackers. We promise the results will be out of this world.
6. Don’t forget the fruit
Be sure that your indoor s’mores bar includes fruit, like apples, bananas, or strawberries. Not only do they add an Instagram-worthy pop of color, but chocolate and fruit is a classic combination that is simply irresistible.
7. Ditch the graham crackers
The key to any dessert bar is to have variety. Instead of just graham crackers, offer an assortment of options like chocolate chip cookies, thinly sliced pound cake and pumpkin chocolate chip bread, or shortbread. Apple slices also make a great gluten-free option to use in place of graham crackers.
8. Bring the bacon
Bacon?! Yes, bacon. Let your guests be daring with their s’mores. The salty, slightly smokiness of the Vermont Smoke & Cure maple bacon provides an extraordinary compliment to the chocolate’s sweetness. Believe us, this salty-sweet combination is a match made in s’mores heaven.
9. Make them mini s’mores
Let’s face it, chocolate s’mores can be messy. If you’re concerned about your guests ruining their party clothes or the kids getting too sticky, make your s’mores components smaller and bite-sized. With an indoor s’mores bar this delicious, your guests are going to want to try them all. Bite-sized s’mores allow your guests sample a multitude of flavor combinations without compromising their waistline.
10. Gather your sticks
The last item left to gather is your marshmallow roasting sticks. Maybe it’s the Vermonter in us, but we love the tried and true method of sourcing our wooden sticks from trees. Not only are they readily available, but they add a chic rustic touch to the indoor s’mores bar. If traditional sticks aren’t your thing, you can always use fondue forks for roasting.
11. How to roast s’mores indoors
No campfire? No problem. There are a variety of ways to toast s’mores indoors. If you want to go all out and wow your guests, try building your own indoor s’mores roasting station. Or try these little table top roasters, which makes it easy to create multiple smaller s’mores stations. If you have a younger audience and are concerned about open flames, you can always take the safer route and roast marshmallows in your oven.
12. Setting up your indoor s’mores bar
Now that you’ve gathered all of your s’mores components, it’s time to create your incredible display. Arrange the ingredients on a variety of small plates and bowls. The key is to highlight your bounty of ingredients by mixing textures and colors. These DIY decorative labels will help your guests to navigate their ingredient options.
13. Create a menu
With your indoor s’mores bar set, you need the finishing touches – a menu! Guide your guests with a creative s’more idea menu that encourages them to mix and match your plethora of options to create the ultimate s’mores.
The Five Star S’more
Graham Crackers + Marshmallow + Peanut Five Star Bar®
The Grasshopper S’more
Graham Crackers + Marshmallow + Mint Chocolate Candy Bar
The Caramel Apple S’more
Apple Slices + Marshmallow + Organic Salted Caramel Bar
The Some Like it Hot S’more
Graham Crackers + Marshmallow + Spicy Chocolate Bar
The Chocolate Fanatics S’more
Chocolate Chip Cookies + Marshmallow + Chocolate Caramel Candy Bar
The “Healthy” S’more
Castleton Crackers Sesame Graham + Marshmallow + Banana Slices + Extra Dark Chocolate Bar
14. Enjoy your s’mores
Voila! You have now created the ultimate indoor s’more bar. So get those roasting sticks ready and watch as your guests indulge in the best indoor s’mores they’ve ever had. After all, there’s always room for s’more!
Have a great s’mores flavor combination? Show us how you do s’mores with a photo! Don’t forget to tag us @LCChocolates and #iloveLCC!