How Many Calories in S'Mores?

I don't know how it is for you, but in my neck of the woods, summer means camping and camping means campfire and campfire means S'mores. That gooey graham-wafer/chocolate/marshmallow combination is one of the best things about being in the woods. I was first introduced to them in a 3-day outback camping excursion when I was 12 and though campfires were banned that summer because of drought, we made them over the stove by crumbing the graham crackers together and combining it all for a delicious dessert after a long day of hiking.

This summer, as I head out to to the woods next week for some R & R, I'm wondering just how bad those S'mores will be for my waistline. I don't want to miss out on them, but I don't want to come back from the mountain with extra weight either. How many calories are in one S'more?

A) 95
B) 139
C) 220
D) 310

The answer is B) 139 calories. Here's the breakdown: 57 calories in t hree Hershey's milk chocolate squares, 59 calories in one graham cracker and 23 calories in a Marshmallow. So actually, having a S'more for dessert by the campfire isn't that bad at all -- I just need to make sure I keep it to 1 or 2 and not 12 like I would as a kid at camp. So eat up, S'mores lovers, and enjoy them while summer's still here.

Easy Microwave S'mores Recipe for Tweens

A Sweet Treat Kids Can Make From Scratch

S'mores are not only great for camping trips and when the weather turns cold, but can be enjoyed any time. Teach teens make these snacks using a super easy recipe.

For parents who want a child to be able to help herself when she is hungry for a snack, here is a great idea. Tweens can enjoy a sweet treat any time with this super easy Microwave S'mores recipe. It requires four ingredients, a microwave-safe bowl, and a small mixing bowl. This recipe is not recommended for children under the age of 10 unless being prepared with adult supervision.

Making Microwave S'mores

The following are ingredients needed and steps to make Microwave S'mores.

  • 6 to 8 large marshmallows
  • Chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 cup Graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  1. In a small mixing bowl combine the Graham cracker crumbs and sugar together. Set this bowl aside.
  2. Place the marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl so they are individually layered. They can be touching each other, but cannot be layered.
  3. Squeeze chocolate syrup on top of the marshmallows. Squeeze a little for a small chocolate flavor, or more for a more chocolaty flavor.
  4. Sprinkle the Graham cracker and sugar mixture on top of the chocolate.
  5. Place bowl in the microwave for heat for 30 seconds on high power. Remove the bowl from the microwave carefully, as it will be hot. The marshmallows will be expanded and fluffy.

Tips for Preparing S'mores:

To make the treats really tasty, check out some useful tips below:

- Let the S'mores cool off at least one minute before eating.
- Do not overcook the S'mores, as the marshmallows will become stiff.
- For extra safety, use oven mitts when removing the hot bowl from the microwave.

S'mores Variations:

There are many variations of making S'mores. Here are just a few ideas that will put a whole new twist on this traditional sweet treat.

- Substitute strawberry or caramel syrup in place of the chocolate syrup.
- After removing the S'mores from the microwave and letting them cool, sprinkle with small candies (jimmies, cinnamon drops, M&Ms).
- Top with chopped peanuts to make a S'mores sundae.
- Replace Graham cracker crumbs with chocolate chip cookie crumbs.
- Instead of using syrup, break up favorite candy bars into small pieces and microwave. Try Reese's Peanut Cups or Butterfingers for interesting flavors.
The variations are endless. Try coming up with a new way to top S'mores to make them a personal favorite.

Tweens will love the fact that this recipe is so easy to make and tastes so good. Parents will like the fact that this recipe is virtually mess-free. Simply clean out the bowl and that's all there is to it. In fact, this S'mores recipe is great for slumber parties, birthday parties, and other times when kids get together.

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