Ahhh, summer. Sunshine, warm breezes, trips to the beach, campfires and… S’MORES. Yep, I’ve been a huge fan of the gooey, messy, crave-worthy treat since I had my first s’mores experience. When I had to go gluten free, I was left scrambling for a s’mores substitution. There are a ton of great gluten free products on the market, but I’ve yet to find (or make) a s’mores-worthy graham cracker. If the taste is right, the texture is wrong. If the texture is decent, the taste is funky. If I’m being honest, the last thing I want when I’m craving s’mores is to take the time to whip up a batch of homemade gluten free graham crackers.
My solution? Make the best of what’s available and tinker a little to make it work. Enter the s’mores pop. I’d seen them around for a few years, but it wasn’t until I had to forgo traditional s’mores that I tried them. Coincidentally, this was the exact same time frame that my toddler daughter started wanting to take part in the campfire tradition. As much I try to let her experience things without bundling her up in bubble wrap, campfires were a little too risky. Plus, she’s not a huge fan of hot foods – she likes everything lukewarm. S’mores straight from the campfire? Nope. But by crushing up the best tasting store bought gluten free graham crackers and melting some chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds or so, we had a fun,toddler-friendly way for both of us to enjoy the scrumptious summer treat.
We always have the ingredients on hand, and when it’s time for some campfire action, we set up our little assembly line and get down to business. The taste is spot on, and my daughter has a blast dipping the marshmallows into the melted chocolate and then the graham cracker crumbs. And if you eat them before the chocolate cools and hardens, it’s a pretty close substitute for the real thing. Bonus? These would make a GREAT treat for a campfire themed birthday party. Enjoy!