Come Join the Fun – S’Mores Competition

There is nothing more enjoyable at family gatherings than a little competitive “fun”. Be it tug of war over a mud puddle, most creative campfire song, sack races or a refreshing game of water balloon toss. Games are always fun, especially when the outcome has no meaning – when everyone participates for the sake of partaking and there are no losers.

Our recent family barbecue is a beautiful example of “all in the spirit of fun, everybody wins competition”. We held our first (hopefully annual) S’Mores Competition. Let me say this right off the bat  – no, this wasn’t a contest to see who could eat the most s’mores. If that were the case, the kids would win hands down – and chances are the winner among them would end up with a belly ache.

A S’mores competition involves imagination – on the part of the contestants and judges alike. The rules are simple.

  • Entries may be submitted by individuals or teams.
  • Only one entry per individual or team. (Giving good reason for a little research and advanced experimental sampling).
  • Those not submitting an entry are, by default, deemed “judges” (everyone participates in the competition one way or another).
  • Anything goes – the only “rule” regarding ingredients is that the marshmallow must be roasted at the competition. Beyond that, the sky’s the limit. (So be creative – use your imagination and have fun).
  • No one can reveal their “secret” ingredient ahead of time – all very hush-hush. That way the Judges are completely in the dark.
  • Completed entries are submitted for “judgement” on numbered paper plates. No individual names or team names – nothing to sway or influence the judges.
  • Judges must create categories on the spot based on the number of submissions. (There are no losers). Categories can be things such as most unusual, most surprising, most colorful, best presentation and so forth.

Like all good competitors, practice makes perfect. As a contestant in a S’Mores contest, it’s best to have a few trial-runs to firm up the concept of your concoction before hand. Besides, trial runs are a good excuse to have a barbecue, invite a few friends and use them as guinea pigs. I know in our house, we tried six different types of chocolates, 4 bases, a couple of spreads and two types of sauces before each of us decided on our final entry.

That’s all there is to it.

What you will Need:

10338690_10202030749752286_3715840141537942006_nA campfire large enough to allow roasting safely without over crowding. Parents are allowed to roast marshmallows for younger children, but the child needs to dictate what goes onto or into their s’more. So if your child wants peanut butter on a banana with a roasted marshmallow on top, that’s fine. Moms and dads can help their kids assemble the s’more, but CANNOT influence the creative  process. It’s all in the spirit of fun, so relax and go for it!

1512770_10202030743592132_8357061367951527740_nAn area away from the judges for the contestants to set up and assemble their s’mores with “secret” ingredients. A folding table with ample room for everyone to stand at is always nice.

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A place for the judges to sample the entries, talk among themselves and come up with the perfect categories to insure nothing but winners all the way around. Be sure to give the judges paper and pencils to record the various categories and make notes for the awards presentation. (Our “prizes” were giant candy bars – just what we all needed after the s’mores!)

Sticks or skewers for roasting the marshmallows.

Marshmallows for roasting

Plain gram crackers

Plain chocolate bars

Matching Numbered paper plates

Below are our entries and recipes – just to give you a few ideas. Remember, the sky’s the limit – be creative. Above all else, have fun!!

Hubby’s Entry:

chocolate mint towers

Cool Mint Tower – Voted Most Unique S’more
1 round Chocolate Cake Base (2” in diameter)
1 Peppermint Patty
2 Roasted Marshmallows
1 Chocolate Gram Cracker

Place cake base on plate.

Roast 2 marshmallows until golden on the outside, soft on the inside.

Place 1 roasted marshmallow on top of cake base. Place peppermint patty on top of roasted marshmallow.

Place remaining roasted marshmallow on top of Peppermint Patty.

Place ½ of a Chocolate Gram Cracker over roasted marshmallow. Press down and enjoy.

 

Kiddo’s Entry:

Some Like It HotSome Like It Hot – Voted Most Spicy S’More
1 Chocolate Gram Cracker, broken in half
1 Square Dark Chocolate infused with Chili
2 Roasted Marshmallows

Place half a chocolate gram cracker on a plate. Top with 1 square of Chili Infused Dark Chocolate.

Roast marshmallows until golden on the outside, soft inside.

Place roasted marshmallows on top of chocolate.

Place remaining half of chocolate gram cracker over roasted marshmallow. Press down and enjoy.

 

Our Grand-Daughter’s Entry:

No Crackers RequiredNo Crackers Required – Voted Most Surprising
2 Peppermint Patties
2 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
2 Roasted Marshmallows

Place 1 peppermint on a plate.

Top with 1 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

Place roasted marshmallow on top of peanut butter cup.

Place 2nd peanut butter cup on top of roasted marshmallow.

Top with remaining peppermint patty.

Press together and enjoy!

 

Yours Truly:

zamora s'moraZamora S’mora – Voted Most Creative S’More
2 Round Chocolate Cakes (2” in diameter)
1 Square Dark Chocolate Infused with Orange
2 Roasted Marshmallows
Coffee House Style Caramel Sauce

Place one cake round on a plate. Top with Orange Infused Chocolate square.

Roast marshmallows until golden on the outside, soft inside.

Place roasted marshmallows on top of chocolate.

Top with remaining cake round. Drizzle with caramel sauce and enjoy.

 

Note: The cake base creations were actually inspired by a beautiful posting from Pasty Pal, “Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake”.

In her picture tutorial, she shows how to create the little rounds that become the base for the Chocolate Mousse Cake. Hum, I could use that – you never know where your inspiration may come from or where it may lead . . .

As for the name – Zamora S’Mora, it actually comes from a little place called Zamora. It’s a small town in California – not much more than a freeway exit, with a mini-mart on one side of the Interstate, and a tiny church on the other. Yet the name sounds romantically exotic – Zamora.

Need more ideas? Just look at what my creative family came up with . . .

Best Presentation - a S'Mores stuffed sugar cone

Best Presentation – a wonderful S’Mores Stuffed sugar cone

Most Colorful - a roasted marshmallow rolled in rice cereal puffs

Most Colorful – a roasted marshmallow rolled in rice cereal puffs

Banana Wafer - made with Vanilla Wafers and sliced bananas

Banana Wafer – made with Vanilla Wafers and sliced bananas

Thanksgiving Came Early - with cinnamon gram crackers and sweet potatoes as key ingredients

Thanksgiving Came Early – with cinnamon gram crackers and sweet potatoes as key ingredients

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