I love nothing better than sitting around a camp fire drinking beer. This probably stems from all the camping that I did as a child in Canada, minus the beer of course, I waited till I was a teen for that.
Who needs Graham Crackers anyway?
We used to make S’mores while sitting around the campfire, which is a toasted marshmallow sandwiched between two graham crackers with a piece of chocolate. You always want ‘some more’ hence the name. We’ve recently taken up camping in the UK and have purchased all the necessary gear.
I wanted to carry on the tradition of Smores with my daughter but became a bit unstuck when it came to sourcing Graham Crackers. I can get them on pricey American online food shops, but couldn’t justify the delivery charge and price, so was looking for an alternative and think I’ve done just that.
For each Smore you will need:
- 1 Marshmallow
- 2 Digestive Chocolate Biscuits
- Wooden Skewer or a stick (you may have to use a knife to get a point on it)
Place a marshmallow on the end of a stick. The hold it gently over the flames, not in them, rotate slowly to evenly roast the marshmallow. They should be golden brown on the outside and gooey on the inside. If you put it too close to the fire they will most likely catch on fire, unless you like the taste of charcoal.
Do not try this at home!
But if I’m honest, this is what we tended to do as kids as it was great fun, albeit dangerous, waving a flaming marshmallow around at night and resembles shooting meteors if they come flying off the stick and could seriously burn someone, but I did grow up in the 70’s where Health and Safety was pretty much non-existent.
Once your marshmallow is nicely toasted, simply sandwich it between two digestive biscuits with the chocolate facing inward and Voila! I’d be surprised if they didn’t want ‘S’more’.
Starting a Fire can be Tricky
We recently went camping at Town Farm near Tring in Herts. It was very last minute so we hadn’t brought a lot of stuff with us, so we purchased firewood, firelighters and a fire pit on site. This is the first time I’ve come across ‘Flamers’ an all Natural Firelighter, which are untreated, wax dipped fine wood shavings.
As a true veteran of building fires I wasn’t convinced, as it just looked like a small bit of wood shavings and I thought it would go ‘puff’ and disappear, but I was wrong. It was probably one of the easiest fires I’ve ever lit, which was a godsend as it was only April in the UK. Flamers are now on our essential camping items and will also stock up for our wood-burner at home.