S’Mores: A Brit Twist on an American Campfire Classic

If you are traveling to Britain and want to go camping, you will probably want to make some s’mores. After all, what is a camping trip without them?

On my recent camping trip I of course had to pack the necessary supplies for making s’mores over the campfire. Upon entering the biscuit aisle of the supermarket and scouring up and down I was faced with the dilemma that there don’t seem to be graham crackers in England. I am sure someone will probably respond to this post and adamantly insist that there are graham crackers in England, but my husband has never heard of them and I didn’t find them in ASDA. Anyway, I had to come up with some substitutions and I found that the British products I pulled together for my s’mores did the trick.

Instead of Honey Maid Graham Crackers…

I used Lotus Caramelised Biscuits, these are very narrow cookies but they are just big enough to fit a marshmallow and a piece of chocolate. They are a bit more intensely flavored than graham crackers, but they are definitely the next best thing. They are often served alongside tea and coffee in cafes and restaurants, but they are also available in packs at the supermarket.

Instead of Hershey’s Chocolate…

I used Cadbury’s Dairy Milk. This is kind of a no-brainer, but I prefer it to Hershey’s anyway.

Instead of Jet Puffed Marshmallows…

Princess Pink & White Marshmallows. Get the Princess brand if you can, other brands seem to get squished and stuck together more. I found Princess brand to be the very best for s’mores. These are a bit more dense than Jet Puffed (which aren’t available in the UK) but they also tend to stay more intact during roasting. These are great because they won’t get loose and drip off your roasting stick. They are also the perfect size to go on the Lotus biscuits.

This combination of three readily available British products makes for a smaller, but equally tasty little s’more. If you have never made s’mores before, here is my time tested method.

You must roast your marshmallows over hot coals. Flames won’t do the trick. I like to find a spot, usually on the edge of the fire where the coals are glowing red but well away from the flames to avoid burning your marshmallows. Thread a couple marshmallows on the end of a stick or skewer and hover several inches over the coals. The key to perfect roasting is to watch closely, as soon as you see a bit of smoke coming from the marshmallow, quickly flip to the next side to avoid burning and achieve a perfect gooey inside and thin, brown, crispy outside.

When your marshmallow is roasted, be sure to have your Lotus biscuits and Dairy Milk chocolate ready to go so the heat from the marshmallow can melt the chocolate. Layer one Lotus cracker on the bottom, with a piece of Dairy Milk on top, then the roasted marshmallow, and then another Lotus cracker. Gently squish so the marshmallow smothers the chocolate and melts it. Enjoy!

Comments

  1. avatar says

    I had a Canadian friend staying with me for 7 weeks in 2008 and when she tasted McVitie’s Digestive Biscuits she said they tasted just like graham crackers. I can’t say whether that’s true or not, cuz despite having lived in America for two years (89/90) I’ve never tasted one. Just thought I’d share.

    • avatarLisa says

      Not quite, digestive biscuits are a bit soft and more dense, so they don’t have the same texture at all but the taste is similar. I think the caramel biscuits are a closer match cause they are light and a bit more crunchy.

  2. avatarRuth says

    Thanks Lisa, I’m going camping soon and I’ve always wanted to try these s’more things Americans love.

  3. avatarEddie says

    Thanks.
    I’m British, and when you ask for a recipe most Americans will always say graham crackers. I hadn’t even heard of them until watching that Friends episode with the Cheesecake for about the 100th time. The pronunciation made it sound like “gram”.

    So anyone who would insist, I will say now, no, we don’t have them.

    I love the lotus biscuits though. I remember getting them with my tea and hot chocolate in bars. Mum phoned up to see where we could get them from, they said “any supermarket” but gave us a complementary free container of them.

    • avatarLisa says

      Yeah, we pronounce “graham” like “gram” and after three years I still haven’t found anything like graham crackers here and still think lotus biscuits are the best substitute, just wish them made them a bit bigger!

  4. avatarRheo says

    It’s true, we don’t have Graham Crackers In Britain but we use Digestive Biscuits in much the same way e.g cheesecake crusts.
    Thanks for this, I’ve always wanted to make a s’more that’s as close to the American version as possible.

  5. avatar says

    When I was in Guides a few years ago we’d make them inside with digestives or rich teas and Cadbury buttons, toasting the mallows over tealights. Do you think a disposable coal barbecue would be any good for s’mores? We’re having a night potluck outside, but we can’t build a proper fire!