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!