DIY S’mores Bar with Homemade Flavored Marshmallows and a Backyard Movie!

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I have a super fun summer party idea for you …Backyard Movie Night with a DIY S’mores Bar! We took the liberty of “testing” this out for you (haha) last weekend, and it was a huge hit. We had a lot of fun making these homemade Toasted Coconut & Mint Chocolate Chip Marshmallows that are much healthier than the store-bought ones but are still considered a treat.
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DIY Smores Bar on 100 Days of #RealFood

I have a super fun summer party idea for you …Backyard Movie Night with a DIY S’mores Bar! We took the liberty of “testing” this out for you (haha) last weekend, and it was a huge hit. I let my girls each invite 5 friends to celebrate the end of the school year, and they assured me that the “fanciness” of our little buffet would not be lost on a bunch of 8 and 10-year-olds! But even so, my daughters and I enjoyed setting up for this last minute themed party that we attempted to make as “real food” friendly as possible. Read on for all the details.

The S’mores Bar

Okay, so s’mores are obviously gonna break our real food rules to some degree, but we can (thankfully) still indulge in this summer past time while somewhat honoring our values.

This is what we offered:

CRACKERS

  • Regular Graham Crackers: I personally like Annie’s brand because they are organic, contain some whole-wheat flour, and are void of artificial ingredients (unlike Honey Maid – so beware!).
  • Cinnamon Graham Crackers: Also Annie’s brand – pretty much same deal as above.
  • We also wanted to offer Chocolate Graham Crackers, but after checking 3 stores I could not find any without artificial flavors so we nixed that idea! I like to avoid artificial additives at all costs.

MARSHMALLOWS

  • Plain Store Bought Marshmallows: We offered these just for old times sake and also for picky eaters who weren’t interested in trying something new or different. I bought the “cleanest” marshmallows I can find at my store (which I realize are still completely junk food) by Elyon brand.
  • Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Marshmallows (recipe below): I used pure maple syrup for the sweetener in these and also Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips. I love our sponsor Enjoy Life’s chocolate because they are the only brand (that I know of) that simply uses the ingredients that should be in chocolate. That means their products are free of any funky additives (like soy lecithin often used by other brands) and therefore also free of the top 8 allergens that account for 90 percent of all reactions. Their products are also non-GMO verified.
  • Homemade Toasted Coconut Marshmallows (recipe below): Also sweetened with maple syrup.

CHOCOLATE

  • Milk Chocolate: Not my personal favorite, but I know the kids love it. We bought our usual Green & Blacks brand, although you have to watch out because not all their bars have ingredients as clean as the 85% variety that we usually buy.
  • Dark Chocolate: I didn’t want to freak anyone out with the super dark 85% stuff we normally get so I just went with 70% here. :)
  • Crispy Chocolate (with quinoa): This stuff is dangerous and not something I can regularly keep around the house or I will EAT IT ALL. The brand is Alter Eco and the crunchy quinoa in the bar reminds me of Nestle crunch bars! Oh and it’s equally amazing on a s’mores I learned.
  • Toffee (dark chocolate and pecans): I was recently given this as a gift, the ingredient list was surprisingly decent (no weird additives or anything artificial), and the timing was perfect so it made it’s way to our tray of chocolate choices.

TOPPINGS

  • Raspberries: This topping was clearly the winner – I had to refill it three times. This is one that I tried as well and can attest that the cold, juicy raspberries were pretty darn good on a s’more!
  • Bananas: We decided to add bananas since they are good with chocolate, but to be honest it wasn’t nearly as popular as the raspberries.
  • Peanut Butter: It was hard to tell if anyone even tried this one – there was still a lot left at the end of the night.
  • Orange Marmalade: Since our movie pick of the night was Paddington we couldn’t leave out his favorite treat featured all throughout the film. The kids all loved this one.

We also made popcorn that I didn’t serve until the movie started. Here are some more pics.

DIY Smores Night on 100 Days of #RealFood

The Movie and Other Fun Stuff

The big attraction of the night (aside from the food, of course) was our backyard movie! I saw something similar in a magazine and thought it was such a cute and fun idea. The article said you could sometimes borrow projectors from libraries (not true in our case) or schools (also not true around here), but once I get my mind set on something there is very little to stop me so I kept searching till I found a way to pull this off!

I came across a very cool and affordable movie “kit” you can rent online that includes everything you need, but it is unfortunately no longer available. You can find similar kits here, but they are more expensive.

We also had sparklers and glow sticks for the kids – both are so inexpensive and who doesn’t love glowing in the dark? And right on cue we were joined by some fireflies, too :)

The Recipes

I got some good shots of the girls’ s’mores creations …it was fun to see what they chose and how much they enjoyed it! We loved being able to add the flavored marshmallows to the mix, but I must say in our experience they didn’t quite “roast” like the store bought marshmallows. They get warm and gooey and therefore work great in a s’more, but they don’t get quite as brown and toasty on the outside because there is no real layer there to help serve that purpose. So just be sure it doesn’t melt off your stick right into the fire is all!

Watching the marshmallows come together from scratch (they do need at least 6 to 8 hours to set) is a super fun kitchen project though – something you have to try at least once so I hope you’ll have fun with the recipe below.

Smores Bar Creations on 100 Days of #RealFood

I hope you can use these ideas this summer for a fun night with family and friends. Enjoy!

Smores Night on 100 Days of #RealFood

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  1. Hi! Thanks so much for the great idea and recipes! The movie “kit” rental link isn’t working for me. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Marci, thanks for letting us know. It looks like they are no longer available, so we updated the post with similar kits. – Nicole

    1. 100 Days Admin

      Fruit pectin will most likely thicken much more than the gelatin, which might not yield the desired texture. Please let us know if you gave it a try or found a substitute that worked. – Nicole

  2. Darlene Joecks

    5 stars
    we are having friends over tonight for a bonfire… was so excited to see your marshmallow recipe… made a batch last night and they are on the counter getting ready for tonight.
    they are sticky thinking to dust them with powdered sugar…I purchased Simple Truth organic powdered sugar. I see on a previous post using this recipe to substitute for jarred Marshmallow creme…I definitely plan to try it… maybe posting this to early and should wait until after the bonfire…but the fluff sure tasted good….either way!

  3. How strong was the maple syrup flavor in the finished product? I’ve made marshmallows before with sugar and while we love maple syrup I’m not sure about the combo.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Amy. There is not a strong maple flavor but Lisa also added other ingredients to her homemade marshmallows.

  4. Has anyone tried using chilled coffee instead of water to make coffee, or mocha mallows? Or for that matter using juice to make fruit flavoured ones?

  5. I live in a country with NO maple syrup, but I would love to make marshmallows. Any substitution suggestions?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hello. Lisa’s typical sub for maple as a sweetener would be honey but we’ve not tried that in this recipe.

  6. We were planning my daughters birthday party – a swim party at Grandma’s house – when we first saw this post. It inspired us to transition her party into a Pool Party Movie Night, with s’mores instead of birthday cake and lots of rafts and inner tubes so the kids could watch the movie from the pool. We projected the movie directly onto the back wall of the house and it worked well. Thank you for being the inspiration for one of our favorite parties yet!

  7. I tried making marshmallows following Carrie’s (deliciously organic) recipe but they came out way too sticky.. So sticky that I couldn’t cut them! I ended up tossing them out. Any idea what I did wrong? I let them sit overnight before taking them out of the pan and attempting to cut them.

  8. You are so right about Alter Eco Quinoa bars – they are ridiculously good! Have you tried their Dark Chocolate Coconut Toffee bars as well? I just can’t choose between the two, so they’re both in my fridge at all times :-)

  9. Hi,
    Love all your ideas, this looks like so much fun! I was wondering where you got the toasting forks from? I would love to have some like that.
    Thanks,
    Chris

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. S’more’s are a favorite campfire snack here in the US. They consist of freshly roasted marshmallows and chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers. Lisa ‘s post features homemade marshmallows and some other variations.

    2. A Smore is a graham cracker topped with chocolate, a toasted marshmallow and then another graham cracker. A nice summer treat, especially if you already have a fire going outside!

    3. Jillian Keller

      Watch the movie, “The Sand Lot” (classic by the way) and you’ll get all your answers. It’s just once scene but it explains everything. :)

      Do you want a S’more?

      How can I have some more if I haven’t had anything yet??

      best dessert ever in my opinion lol.

  10. Hi Lisa!

    I absolutely LOVE this idea!!! I love s’mores and have been craving them for awhile now. I’m looking forward to making the homemade marshmallows, how fun! After seeing your big hit, I can’t wait to gather our neighbors and friends for some backyard s’mores fun too

    Thanks for sharing your family fun with us!!!

  11. What a fantastic idea for a fun little party! Your sweet girls and their friends look like they are having a blast and the memories they are making are precious (they are so lucky to have such a thoughtful mom!). I was looking for an idea for Father’s Day and I think a backyard BBQ followed with a backyard movie and smores night would be fun. Thanks for the inspiration :)

  12. No idea how easy they are to find outside of the Northwest but Theo bars are amaaaazing, only a few ingredients, organic and fair trade!
    I’m a milk chocolate eater and this is my obsession: https://www.theochocolate.com/product/7 – even being a non plain bar AND milk chocolate it’s only got 7 ingredients!
    (also if you’re ever in seattle you can do factory tours-my parents did one and said “i never thought I’d say it, but by the end of the tour I’d actually had too much chocolate and had to turn down samples!”)

  13. i’m surprised at the peanut butter…my all time favorite is dark chocolate with peanut butter and bananas. we call them monkey s’mores at our house. not really sure why except for the bananas, but the kids love them!

  14. 5 stars
    We love to make homemade marshmallows too! I just bought the ingredients for our summer fire pits but never really thought of a bar with various toppings. I love it and cannot wait to try it ourselves. Thanks for the great idea for the 4th of July.