Craving a little s’more summer before the season sneaks away? National Toasted Marshmallow Day on August 30 has your back. Here are 9 spots to celebrate the late summer occasion that will melt your heart and just may inspire you to bust out your ukulele.
Tableside S’Mores at Prime & Provisions, Chicago, Illinois
Order the Tableside S’Mores dessert, and you’ll get a flash of campfire, too. The dish is presented as a chocolate dome with graham crackers, toasted marshmallow, and marshmallow-flavored gelato inside. Hot chocolate is poured over the dome and, as the dome melts, the smoky campfire smell is released. Make a reservation at Prime & Provisions.
Churro S’More at Boqueria-Flatiron, New York, New York
Executive chef Marc Vidal, who hails from Spain, melts the American tradition of a s’more with his beloved homeland’s churros. Meet the Churro S’More — chef doesn’t toast the marshmallows over a direct flame but uses a special iron tool typically used to caramelize Crema catalana. Make a reservation at Boqueria-Flatiron.
S’Mores Skillet at ArtBar, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Sitting pretty overlooking the Charles River, with outdoor fire pits to set the campfire scene, ArtBar has a Fire Pit Menu featuring the S’mores Skillet as a summery dessert op. You’ll get housemade toasted marshmallows, chocolate ganache, and salted bourbon caramel drizzle. Make a reservation at ArtBar.
Bonfire S’Mores at Havana Beach Bar at The Pearl Hotel, Rosemary Beach, Florida
Hand-crafted graham cracker cookies are served alongside a jar of flame-kissed vanilla marshmallows, marshmallow fluff, and cayenne-spiced chocolate sauce at this restaurant that gives a nod to Ernest Hemingway’s love for Havana. The dessert is sweet and spicy, just like Havana. Make a reservation at Havana Beach Bar at The Pearl Hotel.
Boxcar Camp Out at SoBou, New Orleans, Louisiana
Bar chef Laura Bellucci’s Boxcar Camp Out cocktail is an edgy s’more served in a glass. It’s made with High West Campfire Whiskey, granola-infused crème de cacao, and black walnut bitters, and it’s topped with a toasted housemade marshmallow and graham cracker rim. A campfire sip for grown-ups. Make a reservation at SouBou.
Tower of S’Mores at STIRR, Dallas, Texas
The marshmallowy tower is built with a graham crunch, chocolate ganache, pretzel cream, graham cracker ice cream, chocolate brownie, toasted marshmallow meringue, and a pretzel and cocoa nib crumble. Make a reservation at STIRR.
S’Mores by the Fire at Flannel , Stowe, Vermont
For a classic camp experience, order the S’mores by the Fire off the dessert menu. Marshmallows are toasted over the fire in the outdoor fire pit and then topped with that familiar Hershey bar and sandwiched between two graham crackers. The best part: you do it yourself. Or, the chef will do it for you if you’re the glamping type. Make a reservation at Flannel.
S’Mores Ice Cream Cake at Pazzo Ristorante, Portland, Oregon
Order the S’mores Cake and you’ll get layered graham cracker cake, dark chocolate gelato, and milk chocolate gelato — all blanketed with toasted marshmallow meringue and then topped with local honey. Think baked Alaska with a rustic twist. Make a reservation at Pazzo Ristorante.
S’Mores Mousse Cake at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Leawood, Kansas
It’s a piece of cake. The S’mores Mousse Cake is whipped up with creamy chocolate mousse that’s layered with burnt marshmallow, chocolate ganache, and graham cracker crust. Look for it at a Sullivan’s near you, too. Make a reservation at Sullivan’s Steakhouse.
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Laurie Bain Wilson is a Boston-based journalist, author, and essayist who writes often about travel, food, and baseball. Find her on Twitter @laurieheather.
Photo credits: Brian Samuels (ArtBar); St. Joe Club & Resorts (Havana Beach Bar); STIRR (STIRR).