An easy to set up — and clean up — smores bar with a large platter and just a few containers. Perfect for any fireside event: camping or a smores backyard party or even just a sweet ending to a cookout. Also great for some fireside lounging in the colder months! They sky’s the limit on how you can customize this one! This post contains affiliate links.
So full disclosure, I am a camper camper. My husband is more of a survivalist type camper and I think he’d be happy to be dropped in the woods with just a stick and a paper clip to make it home with along with his wits. Our first camping trip together we compromised by tent camping at a campground beside my parents RV. It rained. The dog barked all night at every passing leaf. When I had to go to the bathroom, I had to slither out of the tent like a snake so that said dog didn’t run off into the night. So when my parents greeted us bright eyed and bushy-tailed the next morning with hot mugs of coffee, that was the end of tent camping for me, at least for a while. So any pics you see of me smoreing it up on Instagram will be outside of a camper.
But no matter how you like to camp–or if you don’t and you’re just looking for an easy and fun backyard activity — I love the idea of a smores bar: tons of different options to customize and try different flavors and combinations. That being said, I’m also not going to wash 25 different containers to get something like that set up/cleaned up. Enter the smores bar platter! Just as many options, with more of a “stack ’em high, watch ’em fly” organizational strategy that’s easy to set up camping or for a backyard cookout or party.
A great tip from reader Vicki S. that will make this a COVID-era safe platter is to prepackage up the flavors in baggies so people can grab and go! Whatever isn’t used doesn’t go to waste and it stays fresh and while the prep level is a little higher, the clean-up effort stays low. Or you can eat it as a “deconstructed s’more” later as a perfectly portioned treat as I’ve been known to do a time a two. The s’mores bar is whatever you want it to be, in whatever style you want it!
Where can I set up my S’mores Bar?
Definitely camping is a great one, but don’t forget a backyard barbecue, fun addition to an outside birthday party, summer holiday celebration, any kind of fall cozy outside party, make it a fireside thing during the colder months … the sky is the limit. Or start a S’mores Sunday tradition with a tabletop s’mores pit pictured below. It’s all of the fun of a s’mores bar, but not committing to building and watching a campfire if you’re just not feeling it.
Bottom line, no matter the season or your location, we can make a s’mores bar happen!
Smores Bar Ideas
My tray is from Target a few years ago, but you can find a similar size one here for $12.99. It’s about 19″ x 14″, but a variety of sizes would work. The sky’s the limit here for what you put on it, but here you’ll see pictured
- Graham crackers: original, chocolate and cinnamon
- Marshmallows: regular and also a red, white and blue Campfire “Roasters” pack
- Chocolate: Hershey bars, Ghiradelli squares, Reese’s peanut butter cups, Hershey’s Symphony bars and Hershey’s Cookies & Cream bars
- Wild Card: Bacon slices for a savory option. I used my Toaster Oven Bacon to keep it simple and would probably do this for a backyard s’more party vs. a camping trip, but still a fun option!
Shopping notes: I got everything at Meijer, but I think you could find these at almost any grocery store. The Campfire Roasters marshmallows were just with the regular marshmallow selection in the baking aisle, no special display or anything when I shopped.
Smores Bar Setup
The fun thing here, is there is absolutely no rules. Like I said above, it’s “stack ’em high, watch ’em fly” time! The smores fixings are contained in just about one tray, so just not much to wash. My party mantra: serve whatever allows you to enjoy the party too — before, during and after.
Here are a few smores bar “recipes” to get your creative juices flowing!
S.O.S. Smores (Salty on Sweet): Regular graham cracker, regular marshmallow, and Hershey’s bar with some crispy bacon slices
Mint Chocolate Dream Smores: Chocolate graham cracker (which I have to say are super crumbly and hard to break up evenly. It doesn’t affect the taste, but for whatever reason they’re not as crisp as the regular or cinnamon), plus a regular marshmallow and Ghiradelli mint square.
Peanut Butter Lover’s Smores: Regular graham cracker, regular marshmallow and Reese’s peanut butter cup.
Black & White Smores: Chocolate graham cracker, regular marshmallow and Hershey’s Cookies & Cream bar
I also tried a Neopolitan Smores: cherry marshmallow (from the red, white and blue pack), regular Hershey’s bar and regular graham cracker and a Blueberry Symphony Smores: blueberry marshmallow, Symphony bar and chocolate graham cracker. The red, white and blue big marshmallows tasted great, but just did not photograph well. But if your goal is to eat them vs. photograph them, I would highly recommend them.
So I personally taste tested each smore recipe pictured here plus the two extras, and while they were all good, I have to say the Mint Chocolate Dream was seriously incredible. Like I meant to take one bite out of each one, but I ate that entire one and thought about having a second. These are also fabulous with some Blackberry Brandy Slush or Easiest Ever Wine Slushies to round out your dessert lineup! Smores + Slush = Fun in my book!
Any other flavor smores recipe combos I missed? I’d love to hear in the comments!
Tools I used to make the Smores Bar:
Ooohhh….saw this and instantly knew it would be one of my contributions to our daughter and son-in-laws annual 4th of July party. I always bring the s’mores fixin’s, but this idea is so cool. I’m going to tweak it just a little. There will be several kids, so I’m going to put the graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow into individual sandwich baggies. Then they can choose from traditional, cookies and cream or Reese’s. And everything they need is right in the baggie. Sorry, but all these kids running around playing in the dirt, etc….then rifling through that platter just makes me cringe LOL!! And you know it’s going to happen. Such a neat idea to change up the flavor of the graham crackers and the chocolate. Super fun idea. Thanks!
Thanks so much, Vicki! Yes, my children have constant grubby hands, so I love your twist. They’re still at the age where I dish things up for them, but that’s changing quickly! Hope you love it and have a great Fourth party!