DIY S’mores Pops

DIY Gluten Free S'mores PopsAhhh, 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.DIY Gluten Free S'mores Pops

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!

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Step 1

 Open GalleryDIY Gluten Free S'mores PopsFirst up, go to your local grocery store. In the gluten free section, look for these gluten free graham crackers. In reality, the texture is more like a biscuit or cookie, but the taste is pretty close. I tried using these for traditional s’mores and they were pretty heavy, but as crumbs, they’re perfect.

Step 2

 Open GalleryDIY Gluten Free S'mores PopsPut the graham crackers in a large plastic bag or between two sheets of parchment. Using a rolling pin, crush them into crumbs. You can leave some bigger chunks – it doesn’t have to be graham dust.

Step 3

 Open GalleryDIY Gluten Free S'mores PopsNext, chop up a bar of chocolate. I like Ghirardelli Semi Sweet bars. (You can also use chocolate chips and skip the chopping.)

Step 4

 Open GalleryDIY Gluten Free S'mores PopsIn 30 second increments, heat your chocolate in the microwave. Stir after each cycle until the chocolate is smooth and melted.

Step 5

 Open GalleryDIY Gluten Free S'mores PopsSet up your assembly line.

Step 6

 Open GalleryDIY Gluten Free S'mores PopsUsing a (cleaned) twig, a lollipop stick, or even a paper straw, pierce the marshmallow as you would if you were going to roast it over the fire.

Step 7

 Open GalleryDIY Gluten Free S'mores PopsDip halfway into the melted chocolate. Allow the excess to drip off, tapping gently agains the side.

Step 8

 Open GalleryDIY Gluten Free S'mores PopsNow dip into your graham cracker crumbs and mush around a little until the graham cracker crumbs are sticking wherever there’s chocolate. Resist the urge to pop the s’mores pop directly into your mouth. Or don’t.

Step 9

 Open GalleryDIY Gluten Free S'mores PopsFinished! You can let them rest, marshmallow down, on a baking sheet, or eat them right up. I prefer to eat immediately, and so does my daughter. And rest assured, if your child eats these s’mores pops while the chocolate is still melty and gooey, she or he won’t miss out on any of the messiness of traditional s’mores.

Materials

  • Marshmallows
  • Gluten free graham crackers
  • Chocolate bar or chocolate chips
  • Twigs, lollipop sticks or paper straws
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5 Responses

  1. Josh @FantasticOC says:

    Oh, these look so nice. I am not very familiar with gluten, but I am always up for a healthy dessert and this one seems right. I will try this recipe pretty soon. I always love to experiment, so I might come up with some improvements as well. Will keep you posted. :)

    Cheers, Josh http://www.fantasticovencleaners.co.uk/

  2. Hannah B. says:

    So I hate graham crackers anyway, and I really just want to cover these with Heath Bars or mini M&M's. Is cute candy on a stick still festive and summery?

    • kellysmtrimble says:

      How could someone hate graham crackers?! :) Also, it's worth noting that this recipe would be just as doable with non-gluten-free graham crackers, too.

    • DHoffmann says:

      I'm with you. I'm not all that fond of graham crackers either. I like your idea of heath bars or mini M&Ms.

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