It’s cold outside, which means it’s time for winter-themed treats. Sounds like the perfect setting for cooking s’mores over a campfire, right? Or, perhaps, cooking with your kids in the kitchen with my ezpz S’mores Bar Recipe!
S’mores Bar: This is a dessert that will please the crowd, because a s’mores bar can be individualized for even the pickiest dessert eater! You can prepare a bar with traditional s’mores ingredients or try some of my out-of-the-box ideas to help kids be more adventurous with food. When choosing the ingredients for your s’mores bar, be sure to choose treats that are easy for your kids to pick up or scoop.
Sandwich Ideas: I love changing up the sandwich for this dessert. Some of my feeding therapy kiddos like to switch out the customary graham cracker for a gluten-free cookie! Here are some other ideas:
- Ice cream sugar cones
Filling Ideas: By offering a variety of sticky fillings, kids can have fun making the dessert their own. I like to offer some sweet foods as well as some protein options like nuts, pumpkin seeds and butters. Give these yummy pairings a try:
- Marshmallows (mini, regular or large marshmallows)
- Marshmallow fluff
- Peanut, cashew or almond butter
- Sweet potato puree with brown sugar and chopped nuts
- Cream cheese and cinnamon
- Pumpkin puree with toasted coconut and pumpkin seeds
Sweet Ideas: For some of my hesitant eaters (who can't handle multiple changes to their traditional s’mores) I only exchange the traditional chocolate bar for another type of melt-able candy bar that I know they love. For all other kiddos, here are some yummy options to choose from:
- Melted caramel or chocolate melts
- Chocolate syrup
- Caramel or chocolate chips
- Chocolate bar bricks
Directions: Spread out all of the goodies on the Play Mat for easy preparation, creation and cleanup. Then have your kids break apart a graham cracker into two halves. Have them pick one of the filling options (listed above) and spread it on the graham cracker.
Place their treats into the toaster oven or microwave for a minute or so. Help them safely remove the hot desserts and place them back on the Play Mat. Next, have them place the chocolate bar (or another sweet option listed above) on top of the hot marshmallow so it can melt. Finally, they can set the other piece of graham cracker on top and gently squish the mixture together. Yum!
We hope you and your family enjoy this delicious activity! What are your favorite s’mores tips? Tag us with #ezpzfun #smores.
Dawn Winkelmann, M.S, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist for ezpz
Dawn Winkelmann, a.k.a “Ms. Dawn”, has treated thousands of kids across the globe by helping families overcome picky eating stages and food refusals, while adding new foods into their diet. Her high success rate is attributed to Ms. Dawn bringing her education, experience, sense of humor and her favorite feeding products to the family dinner table.
You will find Ms. Dawn’s expert feeding advice to be positive and fun for the entire family! She adapts complicated feeding/swallowing research and makes it practical and easy for parents! Get ready to learn the science behind your favorite feeding products and ways to bring happy family mealtimes back!