Gooey goodness of s’mores

Northstar is crediting with starting the Tahoe s’mores rage. | Courtesy Northstar California

Toasted, sticky, hot and sweet, the-melt-in-your-mouth s’more is all the rage in the Tahoe Sierra. Traditionally, s’mores are a campfire treat made by roasting marshmallows over an open fire, then placing the scorched, sticky, white puff on a hunk of chocolate between two graham crackers to create a sandwich of gooey goodness.

Try experimenting with salted dark chocolate, chocolate spiced with hot chili or a mint chocolate bar.

The s’more has experienced a resurgence and has risen to gourmet status. They’re not just for kids any longer and can be found on the dessert menus of classy Tahoe establishments, bakeries and ski resorts where you can sit by a fire pit and enjoy the tasty treats between runs. Numerous area hotels create a nostalgic event for the whole family with ready-to-make s’more kits.

The Loft at Heavenly Village serves make-your-own s’mores tableside. | Courtesy The Loft

Northstar California is credited for starting the rage. Executive chef Steve Anderson creates a bacon-wrapped s’more and is known to hand them out at the base of the Big Springs gondola a few times a year. The resort offers complimentary s’mores in the Village daily at 3:30 p.m.

The Loft at Heavenly Village also serves up s’mores. “We started tableside Roast Your Own s’mores when we first opened The Loft two years ago. It is our number one selling dessert on the menu. We use real graham crackers, jumbo marshmallows and get our chocolate from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory store located next door to us in the Heavenly Village,” says Paul Reder, owner of The Loft.

The new Sierra Bakehouse in Truckee features housemade s’mores. The bakery makes their marshmallows, with delicious chocolate, sandwiched between two heart-shaped graham crackers.

Where to Get S’mores

Daily | 3:30 p.m. | Village at Northstar California
Daily | 4:30-5 p.m. | Marshmology Class | Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe
March 10 | 3-6 p.m. | Get S’more Saturdays | Kings Beach
March 16 | Stars & S’mores | Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe
March 31 | 3-6 p.m. | Get S’more Saturdays | Kings Beach


Truckee’s newest bakery, Sierra Bakehouse, prepares homemade s’mores. | Courtesy Sierra Bakehouse

Make your own

Have a yen for s’mores but don’t have a fire pit? Here’s a few ways to create signature s’mores at home. Prep graham crackers with a piece of chocolate on top of each cracker.

To make s’mores with a gas stove, turn the flame to medium, skewer a marshmallow and brown it over the flame. Place the hot, browned marshmallow on top of the chocolate, melting it slightly and place another graham cracker on top. Serve immediately. If you use wooden skewers, soak them in water first so they don’t burn. A wood stove is one step closer to that campfire flavor.

Making s’mores with an electric stove is a bit trickier, but using the broiler is a great method. Lay out the marshmallows on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or foil. Lining the pan will make cleanup easier. Set the broiler on high and roast until the marshmallows are browned. A microwave will also work in a pinch. Set it on high and roast the marshmallows for 15 to 20 seconds or until they puff.

With the wide varieties of chocolate bars, try experimenting with salted dark chocolate, chocolate spiced with hot chili or a mint chocolate bar. The doors to s’mores are wide and varied.