Ever wonder how to make s’mores using the sun? It’s possible! It’s delicious! We call them Sunshine S’mores.
It’s summer. The time for playing in the water, going on adventures, enjoying time with friends… and of course eating s’mores! If we have a fire going in the backyard, it is a must for us. What about the times that we don’t have a fire going, though? My kids could eat s’mores every day, if I’d let them, so I had to figure out a way that we could randomly do s’mores. It is a bit too much effort to start one just for s’mores alone, but there has to be a way, right?
How to Make S’mores Using the Sun
This process is incredibly simple, but does require some patience. It takes some time for the process to work, so prepare your children for that.
The required ingredients & supplies might surprise you.
Grab your typical s’more ingredients:
- graham crackers
The only extra supply you’ll need for this recipe is some tinfoil. That’s it!
Let’s chat about s’mores ingredients. There are so many ideas floating around that make me wonder if they could actually make the s’more even better than it is. I prefer the traditional chocolate and marshmallows on a graham cracker. There are so many other options… You could use chocolate chip cookies instead of graham crackers. Resse’s cups instead of chocolate, or use the chocolate stuffed marshmallows.
Sunshine S’mores Need a Sunny Day
When you are ready, assemble a s’more and wrap it in tinfoil:
I place half the graham cracker onto the tinfoil, to start the s’more tower. Next I load the graham cracker up with chocolate chips- I find they melt a little faster than chocolate bars, and that is what we had on hand. Any chocolate should work!
Next, carefully plop a marshmallow onto the chocolate and top with another graham cracker.
Now it’s time to head out into the sun. It’s possible that if the ground is hot and the outside temperature is hot, you don’t have to put it directly in the sun, but we’ve always set up shop right in the sunshine. It was about 90 degrees the other day, which is perfect. It will work at somewhat cooler temperatures- it may take longer- but it will work.
Once outside, set the s’more on tinfoil onto the hottest surface you’ve got- we use the cement of the driveway or patio. If it is breezy or windy, secure the corners of the tinfoil with rocks or something similar, the s’mores aren’t very heavy.
As the sun beats down onto the tinfoil and s’more, the marshmallow and chocolate will start to melt.
How Long Should I Cook a S’more in the Sun?
After about 15 minutes, I check in with the s’mores and smoosh the top down onto it. If the marshmallow still needs more time, just let it sit there for a bit longer. The longest we have had to wait is 30 minutes, and that was on a ‘warm’ (not hot) day.
Pro Tip: When everything is perfectly melted, I like to twist the two graham crackers in opposite directions. This ensures that each bite has graham cracker, marshmallow and chocolate making each bite as good as the last.
Now you never have to worry about building a fire next time you have a hankering for s‘mores… You can have them anytime the sun is shining!
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