Introduction: 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.

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.

Step 11: Prep

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Next is the preparation part. This takes some work, but if you just follow the steps, it should be fairly straightforward.

Separate the gimpy ones.

Step 12: Prep

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Bears tend to move quickly and wiggle, you have to stun them so they're easier to handle.

Step 13: Prep

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Tie bears together with chips and marshmallows. The tie is needed, as they tend to wake up during the cooking process. Things can get pretty messy pretty quickly.

Step 14: Prep

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Close up of the tie. As you can see, you don't need to use fancy knots, as bears have no thumbs, so they can't untie them anyway.

Step 15: Cook

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Cook on high for one second per s'more, or one half-second per bear.

Step 16: End

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As you can see, some marshmallows are meltier than others. You have to pick your own balance between juiciness and flavor.

This is what a fully cooked s'more looks like. If you cooked longer, the chip would have melted too, but that would make the marshmallow too melty. Experiment to find your own balance.


porcupinemama, I love that song! It is my favorite Shirley Temple song!

canida (author)2007-06-15

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)canida2007-06-16

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!que (author)2011-11-02

I'm going to make some s'mores... :) thanks for this wonderful instructions

porcupinemamma (author)2009-12-31

'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!!

Warlrosity (author)2009-07-09

Mash! Da da dada da da da daa,

Lerrinus (author)2009-07-07

If you have ever won a prize for this 'ible, it was well deserved, great work! :-)

Mitten (author)2007-06-15

BEARS ARE LIVING CREATURES! THAT IS CRUEL! Bears in a microwave. Honestly, what is wrong with you?

guppie (author)Mitten2007-06-16

Yes, I have apparently been reported to PETA. ... I wonder if I can microwave them too?

rooster1998 (author)guppie2009-03-16

hahahahahah I bet you can (you have the best sense of huer ever!!!!!)

Mitten (author)Mitten2007-06-15

Also, good and fun instructable.

rooster1998 (author)2009-03-16

i dont think there are many mines around here but our huose is a bear nest!!!!!!!!! Great instructo!!!!!!

VogelYogel (author)2009-01-19

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.

dimndsangl (author)2009-01-18

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!!!

mg0930mg (author)2008-09-03

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)mg0930mg2008-09-03

Yes! Drown them like the vermin they are! ;)

Solderguy (author)guppie2008-09-04

Won't the marshmallows get hard and stick to the bowl like crazy glue?

guppie (author)Solderguy2008-09-04

You could use a bear to scrape them off. Then you could eat the bear. :)

mg0930mg (author)guppie2008-10-29

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.

nightninja87 (author)2008-09-17

lol nice ible

alonzosmom (author)2008-09-13

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 god (author)2008-09-06

WTF but WTF in a good WAY :D

PKTraceur (author)2008-09-04

Great instructable. hillarious!

ulor (author)2008-09-04

Great instructable and easily can be worked into snack time/play time with kids.

tealpsyclone (author)2008-09-03

to the pantry (where the bear infestation is the worst in my house.)

JellyWoo (author)2008-09-03

lmao! funniest instructable ever! 5/5

ninja of darkness (author)2008-03-19

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

Azayles (author)2008-03-14

This instructable made me smile and laugh from begining to end. Absolute genius :-D! You have an excellent imagination :-D

GreenDay (author)2008-02-08

So that's where marshmellows come from...

Dinerro94 (author)2007-12-07

wow u have way to much free time to do all the stuff.

reeding (author)2007-11-30

freakin WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

schmoopie (author)2007-11-16

This made me so happy!

ursapro (author)2007-07-27

I really wanna make these...But whats the closest things us Brits have to 'Graham Crackers'

guppie (author)ursapro2007-07-29

It looks like the closest you have would be "Animal Crackers". According to this anyway.

You could also make your own.

lawizeg (author)2007-07-14

awesome! so gonna go to the store and get ingredients and make em.

kitchenwench (author)2007-06-17

Too funny!! Very well written...and they look so tasty!

karen608 (author)2007-06-17

A1 for good use of bear cookies, mini s'mores. Too cute also.

Aeshir (author)2007-06-16

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)Aeshir2007-06-16

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.

Erik Lindemann (author)2007-06-16

A funny way to make something as simple a s'mores into a big ordeal. You got my vote.

theRIAA (author)2007-06-16

now lets make the entire process automated, some kind of mobile bear trapping, marshmallow gathering robotic microwave...

trebuchet03 (author)theRIAA2007-06-16

All wrapped in a roomba iCreate :)

guppie (author)trebuchet032007-06-16

Someone with more vid skill than I shall have to do that on YouTube -- ideally with 1940s cartoon factory music in the background.

Williz (author)2007-06-16

I do have to say well done old chap a spiffy instructable indeed. Hurrah.

guppie (author)Williz2007-06-16

Thank you, it's always nice to be appreciated.

bumpus (author)2007-06-16

very imaginative, its about lunch time(not really but im hungry)so i might have to make some of these

guppie (author)bumpus2007-06-16

I did further experimentation last night at a party, and found that you can omit the twine step, if you roast the marshmallows on toothpicks over tea lights. Then, you can wedge the toothpick between the bear's legs, and it all slides off perfectly.

!Andrew_Modder! (author)2007-06-15

lol by looking just at the pictures it was kinda odd looking :-P but the final pic showed, oh! cool these look very cool! good instructable!

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