How to make s'mores at home

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Remember back when we were kids, how wonderful it was sitting around a campfire, toasting marshmallows and making s'mores? Well, we can have that again. After considerable pain and effort on my part, I have managed to put together a little step-by-step guide for making s'mores in the comfort of your own home. As you read this, try to appreciate all the effort the adults in your life went through to give us such a small pleasure.
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Step 1: Chips

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As you know, s'mores are made up graham crackers, chocolate or carob (if you are allergic), and marshmallows. We will start by obtaining the chocolate or carob, as that tends to last longer.

First, prepare your tools

Step 2: Chips

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Second, head to the chip mine. The nearest to me is Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Step 3: Chips

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Third, take the ore home for refinement.

Step 4: Chips

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Lastly, sift out the low-quality sugar, and pick out the chips for use later.

Step 5: Marshmallows

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Now, we go on to gathering the marshmallows:

Visit the marsh and collect all you see. The best time for collection is morning or evening, in the Spring.

Note: The ones that grow near the grasses have better flavor, but the ones that grow near the muck are more moist, this means that they'll melt better when you cook them.

Step 6: Marshmallows

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Lastly, remember that marshmallows can spoil in marsh, so check for any overripe ones and separate them from the rest.

Step 7: Bears

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The last component is that of the graham crackers. Luckily, my house has a bit of an infestation of graham bears, so these were fairly easy. What follows is some advice on the best places to lay bear traps.

Bears like sugar and honey, so this is a good place to set traps.

Step 8: Bears

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Bears like nuts. I baited this one with an almond, and put it near the other nuts.

Step 9: Bears

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Bears like berries and music. I played "Waltzing with Bears" in this trap.

Step 10: Bears

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To catch many bears at once, you have to set up a teddy bears' picnic. It takes more work, however, picnics are very effective.
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porcupinemama, I love that song! It is my favorite Shirley Temple song!
canida7 years ago
An unprecedented degree of food documentation! Gathering your ingredients from wild sources is too often overlooked.

However, the chip mines near me have been dangerously depleted by environmentally unfriendly overharvesting, and foreign sources (often called "conflict chips" or "blood chips") can have dubious ethical origin.

Is there a good, reliable source of farmed or synthetically-produced chips? I live near San Francisco, and local sources (Ghiradelli and Scharffenberger) claim to be eco-friendly- is this true?

Also, I too am dubious about the bears. May I substitute ginger-flavored cookie cats instead? What if my friends have pet allergies- which would you recommend?
guppie (author)  canida7 years ago
There are numerous sources for the chip, though it is best to mine your own for freshness. In fact, here are some college kids in your area going into a nearby mine. You can buy the synth chips in many places, but I recommend going to natural food stores. They tend to make sure that the chips are created out of all natural ingredients. Sadly, in addition to the blood chips problem, there are also unscrupulous companies that make chips out of crude oil. The natural food stores do the research and avoid them, so you don't have to.

Regarding the ginger-flavoured cookie cats, it would work, but cats are MUCH harder to trap than bears. In fact, between that and the pet allergies, they're really not worth the effort. What you can do, however, is ask your local zoos to donate the older animal crackers (that would be euthanized anyway), and have your friends pick the ones to which they are not allergic.
M0n!que3 years ago
I'm going to make some s'mores... :) thanks for this wonderful instructions
'Animal crackers in my soup
Monkeys and rabbits loop the loop
Gosh oh gee but I have fun
Swallowing animals one by one'  (song from Shirley temple movie)

Dear guppie,
What a wonderful Instructable.  Where I live, the  kids in grade 8 are learning how to write directions in their english class.  I want to show their teacher your fabulous and fun writing!!
Warlrosity5 years ago
Mash! Da da dada da da da daa,
Lerrinus5 years ago
If you have ever won a prize for this 'ible, it was well deserved, great work! :-)
Mitten7 years ago
BEARS ARE LIVING CREATURES! THAT IS CRUEL! Bears in a microwave. Honestly, what is wrong with you?
guppie (author)  Mitten7 years ago
Yes, I have apparently been reported to PETA. ... I wonder if I can microwave them too?
hahahahahah I bet you can (you have the best sense of huer ever!!!!!)
Mitten Mitten7 years ago
Also, good and fun instructable.
rooster19986 years ago
i dont think there are many mines around here but our huose is a bear nest!!!!!!!!! Great instructo!!!!!!
VogelYogel6 years ago
I'm not allowed to go looking for the marshmallows any more... last time I did I took home Australia, and that wasn't too tasty, believe me.
dimndsangl6 years ago
Great job!! When we went to mine for chocolate, we couldn't find any. But on the way back we came across a chocolate frosting river!! We grabbed a cup full and used the frosting instead! YUM!!! We noticed a few different rivers so if you are allergic to chocolate, try cream cheese, strawberry or other flavors of frosting!! What a great Instructable!!!
mg0930mg6 years ago
Or, you can heat up chocolate in a bowl. throw in roasted marshmallows and some chrushed up graham cracker bears, and you have a tasty smores bowl dessert thing... i don't know but maybe I will make that an instructable.
guppie (author)  mg0930mg6 years ago
Yes! Drown them like the vermin they are! ;)
Won't the marshmallows get hard and stick to the bowl like crazy glue?
guppie (author)  Solderguy6 years ago
You could use a bear to scrape them off. Then you could eat the bear. :)
mg0930mg guppie6 years ago
Yes, or you can just lick it clean, and then try putting gummy bears as a protective lining, then chocolate, and marshmallows untop so it looks like this very detailed drawing.
lol nice ible
alonzosmom6 years ago
This is the best instructable I've seen yet! Great ideas! The kids and I are on our way to the marsh as we speak. :)
Noodle god6 years ago
WTF but WTF in a good WAY :D
PKTraceur6 years ago
Great instructable. hillarious!
ulor6 years ago
Great instructable and easily can be worked into snack time/play time with kids.
to the pantry (where the bear infestation is the worst in my house.)
JellyWoo6 years ago
lmao! funniest instructable ever! 5/5
LOLZ awesome Instructable funniest EVER I'll head to the nearest 'chip mine while my buddy hunts for bears and mash mellows p.s. you have a great sense of humor dude
Azayles7 years ago
This instructable made me smile and laugh from begining to end. Absolute genius :-D! You have an excellent imagination :-D
GreenDay7 years ago
So that's where marshmellows come from...
Dinerro947 years ago
wow u have way to much free time to do all the stuff.
reeding7 years ago
freakin WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
schmoopie7 years ago
This made me so happy!
ursapro7 years ago
I really wanna make these...But whats the closest things us Brits have to 'Graham Crackers'
guppie (author)  ursapro7 years ago
It looks like the closest you have would be "Animal Crackers". According to this anyway.

You could also make your own.
lawizeg7 years ago
awesome! so gonna go to the store and get ingredients and make em.
Too funny!! Very well written...and they look so tasty!
karen6087 years ago
A1 for good use of bear cookies, mini s'mores. Too cute also.
Aeshir7 years ago
YOU'RE KILLING ME SMALLS! Lmao. From the Sandlot. I found it funny in step 8 that the bear was getting mashed near the MASH videos. xD Nice job. +
guppie (author)  Aeshir7 years ago
Huh, I hadn't thought of that. I was just looking for a place that had a lot of nuts, and MASH was the winner.
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