This post is not sponsored, but free products were provided by Sterno, Target and PB Crave for testing, review and innovation! All opinions are our own.
Stocking up at Target was easy thanks to Sterno’s Target Gift card and the enormous selection Target carries for S’mores. Of course we got the classic graham crackers and milk chocolate, but we have been experimenting with S’mores for 25 years, and this would be no different.
We used to make our own flavored marshmallows, but now mainstream stores are carrying more flavors! We LOVE that at #Semi_Handmade! We stocked up on watermelon, toasted coconut, and chocolate.
We also added Ghirardelli chocolate this time–the squares are already the perfect size for a s’more and there are a ton of flavor choices.
We also like to mix up our cookie/cracker options. We liked the striped fudge cookies which made it easy to have a quick s’more option without waiting for chocolate to melt.
We added some gluten free cookies as well because we knew we would have a large crowd and everyone should be able to enjoy #SmoresAnytime!
We were thrilled when we found out we were chosen to host a #SmoresAnytime party to test Sterno’s newest S’mores Maker. As you can see from our parties (like Camp Party, Dol, or Pirate Pool Party), we use Sterno for many events to keep food warm, and this was an exciting, innovative product that seemed like it would be an improvement from some of the options already on the market. We waited and waited (this is seriously the product we have been anticipating the most this season!) and with an assist from Bethany and Thad, we were rushed our party pack in time for our July 4th barbecue potluck with our small group and neighbors. What a great tool to build community!
We knew we would be traveling for our #Go_PBCrave Road Trip, and because of some shipping issues, we weren’t exactly sure on the timing of the party. We needed quick but colorful and festive decorations that would be easy to put together and simple to cart over to a local park for the party.
We put together a post on 5 Minute Party Styling, and we were really happy with the outcome that integrated July 4th, Sterno and PB Crave, using gorgeous leftover flowers from our #PalsunParty earlier that week. We are all about multi purpose event decor!
We had a huge crowd of our every growing “small” group (we are literally adding a couple every two weeks which is so exciting! So many people are looking for genuine community–it’s awesome!)
The men manned the grill–ages 20 months and older.
S’mores Style by #Semi_Handmade While people trickled in, we styled the #SmoresAnytime table so our friends could see all of the options and check out the S’mores Maker before dinner.
Of course we later discovered that this was quite a difficult temptation for the youngest kids who just couldn’t wait.
We had to keep a close eye on them, but we did think to bring a patriotic tray filled with toys to distract and entertain. We used thinner platters to house the three graham cracker options: honey, chocolate + cinnamon, along with four different types of cookies. We used larger platters in the center for chocolate and marshmallows, and to provide some depth and texture, we draped matching gingham napkins along the center of the platters.
For a party on the go, we decided to keep it simple. We brought just a couple of our staple plain white platters and filled ball jars with different marshmallow flavors to easily reload the S’mores Maker Trays.
If it was a small gathering or your family, you wouldn’t need the extras since the Sterno S’mores Maker has plenty of storage for access and style. But we were anticipating a crowd of 40-60 people, so we came prepared.
Sterno gave us an extra S’mores Maker to give to our attendees, so we decided that whomever made the most creative s’mores would win a Sterno S’mores Maker for their family. But with so many people coming, we knew we needed to have two S’mores Makers going at the same time! We were right!
We covered the picnic tables in yellow gingham plastic table cloths (we like the kind you buy on a roll and cut to fit the table).
I had some leftover blue plastic table cloths in the #PartyPantry so we made good use of those for the main table and extra tables.
The main table was draped in blue and my friend Erica had the great idea to use the red gingham placemats and cloth napkins we brought from home to be red, white + blue!
We found these great wooden star garlands at Target and ordered extra (above), telescoping marshmallow roasters on Amazon (below) which served as decoration and extra roasters for everyone!
PB Crave is one of our newest (and tastiest!) partners, and Jennifer sent us a few cases of PB Crave in four flavors–Cookie Nookie, Choco Choco, Razzle Dazzle and Choco Banana to add extra flair to our s’mores. Everyone wanted to try the flavors and in combination with different chocolates, cookies and fruit!
Our finished #Semi_Handmade table!
Potluck Dinner And we had quite a selection of grilled food, as it usually happens potluck style!
Korean BBQ + Chicken sausage
Tons of hot dogs and sausages on crowd-favorite potato bread!
One family even did fried rice on the BBQ, and I will see if I can get Jean’s recipe and share that! It was awesome!
Michael is happily munching on a clump of fried rice, and most of it made it in his mouth!
While the food was cooking, the kids (and adults!) had a great time bonding over tag
The kids had such a great time together.
The S’mores Maker uses a special sized Sterno fuel, S’mores Heat™ that uses an ethanol-based fuel that doesn’t transfer fumes or chemicals to food. According to Sterno, the fuel is clean burning, biodegradable and made from renewable resources. The Heat Management System doesn’t heat the handles or the s’mores unit (red part), which means the kids can’t burn themselves unless they literally hold their hands on top of the screen.
That being said, children should always be supervised, and it does get hot enough to catch a marshmallow on fire, much to the boys’ glee.
The fuel has a mesh grate to protect the fuel and marshmallows (although we later intend to try this out with lil smokies!).
The marshmallows do bonk the mesh and it leaves a little marshmallow goo that burns off, but the S’mores Maker is super easy to clean.
I just soaked the grate in a small bowl in the sink with a little soap and it rinsed right off. The S’mores Maker tray is easily wiped off, although both are dishwasher safe.
We found that you could fit about 4-5 marshmallow roasters around each one, but any more than that and it takes too long to roast and you end up bonking marshmallows.
Competing for the Most Creative S’more Step 1: Select your combination of cracker/cookie, marshmallow flavor and chocolate and/or peanut butter flavor.
The S’mores Maker has a slot to prep and hold your cracker+chocolate-pretty handy!
Step 2: Roast marshmallow just above the grate, rotating carefully to get the perfect golden brown crust.
Enjoy! There were a lot of interesting recipe submissions, chocolate graham and watermelon with fruit being the most popular among the kids.
It was definitely a great July 4th Party! The second S’mores Maker went to Anderson, who made the most creative s’more recipe and, coincidentally, the most in quantity–much to his mom’s surprise!
Our favorite combinations:
♥ Chocolate Graham + Toasted Coconut Marshmallow + Choco Banana Peanut Butter
♥ Fudge Stripe Cookie + Marshmallow
♥ Chocolate Mint Cookie + Mint Chocolate + Chocolate Marshmallow
♥ Cinnamon Graham + Marshmallow + Strawberry Slice + PB Crave Razzle Dazzle Raspberry+Chocolate Peanut Butter