It’s National S’mores Day! Check Out These Fun S’mores Treats Around Orlando
Nothing brings memories of fun times by the campfire better than s’mores. The origin of this messy indulgent and All-American snack is somewhat unknown. But here’s a fun fact: the Girl Scouts are credited with the earliest published recipe of the classic treat included in their 1927 guidebook “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.”
We’ve come a long way from the simple roasted marshmallows and milk chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers. From drinks to cupcakes to fancy desserts to epic make your own table-top versions, I’ve compiled some of my favorite s’mores inspired treats in Orlando that are guaranteed to leave you asking for “some more.”
S’mores “All American” Memories
Speaking of s’mores memories by the fire, I must share my favorite one which interestingly enough is not from childhood. It was 4th of July weekend 2007 in Daytona Beach Florida. Rather than fight the traffic after a full day at the NASCAR Coke Zero 400 race, we headed back to the parking lot and fired up the mini Weber grill for after-race tailgating. I don’t know what it is about sitting around a fire that inspires conversation but we started chatting with the family in a nearby RV. Visiting from South Africa on holiday, they wanted to experience everything “All American.” Checking off their long bucket list of American experiences, the Daytona NASCAR race with 4th of July fireworks was as American as you could get. We then topped it when we dug out the marshmallows, Hershey bars and graham crackers to make s’mores.
They’d never heard of this gooey American favorite and I’m pretty sure minds were blown. The faces of the kids lit up when they put the marshmallows on a stick and watched them quickly char and melt, barely hanging on. They were giddy when they took a bite and chocolate got all over their hands and faces. I could totally understand why the original recipe’s name was “some more” because that’s exactly what they said. It was awesome to see someone experience such a simple pleasure like s’mores for the first time. As we said goodbye and wished them safe travels, they scrawled their address on a piece of paper and invited us to South Africa (a trip that is still on my bucket list.) I cherish that memory and wonder if they ever made s’mores when they got back home. I’m always amazed at how food has a special way of bringing people together.
Check out these s’mores treats in Orlando and go celebrate National S’mores Day with friends on National S’mores Day August 10th. #MakeSomedayHappen
Contempo Cafe at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
A Mickey shaped treat is a must when visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. Hop off the monorail at the Contemporary Resort and head to Contempo Cafe for a Mickey shaped S’mores Brownie topped with chocolate ganache, mini marshmallows and graham cracker dust. It’s terrific! The bakery case is the most popular attraction here for decadent desserts and inventive cupcakes. DisneyWorld.com
Myth Bar at Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort
Tales by the campfire are always fun and The Myth Bar at Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort not only has a fun tale of their own but they serve a Campfire cocktail sure to spark conversation. A blend of High West whiskey, sweet water and chocolate bitters is garnished with a giant marshmallow roasted at the table for a delicious drinkable s’more. The “myth” of the lobby bar refers to the Bonnet Sisters – the fashionable ladies who grace the ceiling of the Hilton lobby. “As the story goes, The Bonnet sisters summered with their family at their Bonnet Creek Estate. As children they would frolic in the water, dreaming themselves transformed into mythical sea creatures.“ What giant tales will you tell after a few of these cocktails? HiltonBonnetCreek.com
PB&G at Four Seasons Orlando Resort
Dining by the lakefront at Four Seasons Orlando Resort’s Pool Bar & Grill (PB&G) is a fun casual treat only made better when you share this table-top s’mores dessert! Make your own s’mores right at the table with a variety of classic Hershey’s milk chocolate bar, Crunch Bars, Cookies and Cream, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups as you toast your marshmallows on the mini grill. FourSeasons.com/Orlando
Treat yourself to the popular fresh baked gourmet cupcakes from Sprinkles at Disney Springs. The special S’mores cupcake back by popular demand takes the graham cracker-lined Belgian dark chocolate cake and fills it with bittersweet chocolate ganache then tops it with toasted marshmallow frosting. Can you say “ooey gooey”? If you want a late-night treat after partying it up around Disney Springs, check out the pink Cupcake ATM outside the store! DisneySprings.com
Sugar Rush Marshmallows
It’s perfect when the marshmallow itself is already a s’more! Wife and wife team Julie and Jean Summers love Orlando and love to make people happy. Based out of East End Market, they make small batch hand-crafted marshmallows in a variety of flavors (including s’mores) and ship them around the U.S. They also make special treats like frozen s’mores, regular gooey s’mores, cookie dough stuffed marshmallows and frozen hot chocolate. Check out the Sugar Rush Marshmallows S’moresmobile at East End Market over the weekend and around town. SugarRushMarshmallows.com
The made to order S’mores at The Ganachery at Disney Springs was so popular that the chocolate shop received thousands of complaints when it was removed from the menu last fall. They quickly brought it back although it is still a seasonal item which has seen a few variations from a PB&J to the current Chocolate Caramel which is absolutely decadent. House-made graham crackers smothered with salted caramel ganache sandwich a giant vanilla bean marshmallow roasted to order and Ganachery Dark 65 chocolate ganache. A powdered sugar Mickey is dusted on top for that special Disney touch. Pair with the Chocolate Chiller – a cool beverage made of caramel, dark and milk chocolate. You can even add a shot of Bailey’s if you want to go all out! DisneySprings.com
Live entertainment, “better than bar menu” food and a full bar makes for a fun time at Tin Roof located in the I-Drive 360 complex. Their Southern S’mores dessert was one of my favorite things on the menu when I first visited. The torched marshmallow and the chocolate ganache with a bit of a spicy kick was fantastic. TinRoofOrlando.com
Vivoli il Gelato
Gelato and s’mores makes the perfect delicious duo at Vivoli il Gelato at Disney Springs. The Brownie S’mores Sundae is made with scoops of vanilla and chocolate gelato sprinkled with graham cracker crumbles and Nutella brownie bits, topped with a swirl of whipped cream and fluffy marshmallows. This gelateria which hails from Florence is always one of my favorite stops.
The artisan marshmallow shop in historic downtown Sanford is a fun visit for kids and kids at heart. Take part in their workshop, tour the kitchen and learn all about marshmallows. You can even decorate your own! Then get some ice cream and take some s’mores marshmallows home. They made for a great topping to my hot chocolate. The layered marshmallow is half chocolate and half vanilla then rolled in crushed graham cracker. No need for a campfire to enjoy a s’mores treat! Better yet, they ship nationwide.
If you happen to be visiting the flagship store in historic downtown Sanford, try a Super S’mores, S’mores ice cream (which I had in a Krispwich sandwiched between Rice Krispie treats!) or the “smoresicle.” The chocolate pop is topped with marshmallow and torched before your very eyes. At Wondermade, it’s easy to have s’more fun! wondermade.com
Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land
The newest Walt Disney World attraction is Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios. In a land of toys, you know you’re bound to find fun treats like the S’mores French Toast Breakfast Sandwich at Woody’s Lunch Box. Inspired by the classic American campfire treat, this entree is made with marshmallow and chocolate ganache stuffed in rilled custard-soaked brioche French toast topped with graham cracker crumbles. That’s a way to start the day!
The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach
Take the drive to Daytona Beach and indulge in a weekend getaway at this AAA Four Diamond beachfront property. One of my favorite activities, other than just lounging by the pool was eating s’mores by the beach! Get your S’mores kit from the front desk and head out to the fire pit on the pool deck by the beach.Making s’mores while listening to the sounds of the ocean waves with the warm breezes was a surreal experience. Very different from a campfire in the woods. And the best part was afterwards we retreated to our luxurious rooms and slept on a feather top cloud-like bed! Is this called glamping? ShoresResort.com
Where will you celebrate National S’mores Day in Orlando? Have you found a favorite s’more? Please share in the comments and tag me at @goepicurista. Go #MakeSomedayHappen!