Lick the Screen - Behold the s'moreo!
December 20th, 2011
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I've never liked s'mores and it's not for lack of effort. I grew up with the classic version of the fireside treat and I wanted to like them. I held out hope on my many childhood camping trips that I could and would grow to like them.

I tried extra chocolate, no chocolate, especially burnt marshmallows, lightly-toasted marshmallows, but nothing created a satisfying treat. I'd always end up with something too dry or too sweet; something I'd settle for but never crave.

Now, after a quarter-century of begrudgingly munching on s'mores, I've had a revelation: s'moreos.

I don't know why it didn't occur to me before. Oreo cookies bring a great deal to the s'more table: The cookies have chocolate baked in and they're roughly the same shape and size as a marshmallow.

Naturally, when I proposed it around a fireplace in the North Georgia mountains, my cabin mates had some questions: Do you keep the crème in? Should you use two full cookies and sandwich the marshmallow in between them as a double decker of sorts?

For now, I'm keeping it simple: one Oreo cookie, peeled open, frosting intact and put back together with a beautifully cooked 'mallow in the middle. Given the possibilities, I can't say I've perfected the recipe, but I can say this method makes for a compelling, gooey and crunchy two-bite treat.

So the next time you find yourself near a fire, grab some Oreos and marshmallows. With only two bites at stake, you've got nothing to lose.

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    April 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
  2. Ross

    This looks so good. This looks AMAZING.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  3. Berk Demirbulakli

    That photo looks like something that crawls out of my wife's cooch after a 3 day yeast infection. I'd stll eat it though. Yummy! Yummy!

    December 22, 2011 at 7:52 am |
    • CN Red

      Her cooch or the s'moreo?

      December 22, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • Shes_a_Coug

      ..........disgusting pig.

      December 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
      • Berk Demirbulakli

        Why don't you shut your big yapper!

        May 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
  4. FoodoftheDevil

    I'm an eco-terrorist vegan-purist-judgemental hatemonger who thinks everyone should eat as I do and if they don't I'll point my finger at them and say "for shaaameeee" and pronounce that your body will explode as soon as you put this devil's creation into your mouth. For if I have to spend 16 hours a day working on a farm to get organic food, then you should too. I will deny that moderation is possible for anyone, because if I can abhor all fats and sugars, so should you all.

    Lighten up people. It's not good for you but it tastes yummy and as long as you don't eat an entire carton of oreos and a bag of marshmallows, I highly doubt your stomach will explode. Give your kidneys some credit. They'll filter out the scary toxins in small doses.

    Besides... this is camping food... you can walk it off on the trail afterward.

    December 22, 2011 at 6:39 am |
    • mblaire86

      Amen. Thank you.

      December 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  5. Oppie

    Haters... it's munchie food... a snacker's delight... get over it! Save yourself and stop pushing the hate!

    December 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  6. tori

    I beg to differ. You actually have a lot to lose. Let's start with your pride. That's a few packaged ingredients. Way to lower your standards

    Let's move on to health. That oreo is full of crisco, sugar, and HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. So basically, you're poisoning yourself. The marshmellow is nothing more than cholesterol and sugar. Yum.

    And now let's move on to the physical. There goes your waistline. And for an oreo and a marshmellow? Not even worth it.

    Make something fabulous and original next time, not a nabisco trash creation.

    December 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
    • ron stevens

      Look at America. Everyone is fat or soon to be fat. Eat up chumps.

      December 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Chocoholic

      Do you do regular quarterly detoxes like the health mavens instruct you to do? Then you don't have a leg to stand on. Build a bridge, honey.

      December 22, 2011 at 7:30 am |
  7. move1

    especially with the munchies....hahaha

    December 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  8. move1

    i made some and it's awesome!

    December 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  9. SteveO

    Eat the creme filing first, then put the marshmallow between the cookies

    December 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  10. chinese guy

    Smores too sweet. How about dried fish between graham crackers? Delicioso!!!

    December 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  11. Scott Wallace

    That looks gross. Green whipped dolphin fat and a marshmallow?

    December 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  12. Mike in Pekin

    The problem in the photo is the lazy marshmallow roasting job. Only a cretin sets the marshmallow on fire, producing the bitter black carbon coating. A marshmallow artisan gently roasts the marshmallow to a rich golden brown, caramelizing the surface slowly, allowing the interior to fully gooify.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • SALLY

      You couldn't have stated it better!

      December 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Steve O

      You, sir, have stepped over the line!
      Only a unemployed milquetoast would lightly toast a marshmallow, for who has the time for the activity or the diluted palette necessary enjoyment of such a bland dessert?
      Pooh, I say, pooh again!

      December 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • dt

      Oh yes. This is how it is done.

      December 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • Gwen

      I am with SteveO on this one and would gladly act his second in the impending duel. To truly enjoy a marshmallow over a camp fire, it must be ablaze. And if one can threaten one's siblings or cousins with it prior to extinguishing, all the better. Only the little kids who were too scared to get close to the fire "toast them lightly". Make a flaming torch to proclaim to the world "Tonight we make S'mores!"

      December 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
      • CJEH

        Ohyeah! Flaming marshmallow is like napalm for kids. Muuahahahaaa.

        December 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
      • asgardshill

        Bravo! You can stay at home safe and sound and "lightly toast" marshmallows over a candle. Give me that celestial carbonized coating that only a campfire can create every time.

        December 21, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • Merry HoHo Yea!

      The marshmallow society thanks you

      December 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Jim

      There is only one way to properly toast a marshmallow – it must burn. Only a cretin would fail to appreciate the subtle blend of flavors that only charring can provide.

      December 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Oppie

      No No No No burnt marsh.... Toasted to a dark brown yes... but not burnt! No cajun mallows!

      December 21, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
  13. sammysmom

    forget the graham crackers! Just use chocolate, a roasted - not burnt – marshmallow, and some fresh fruit/nuts. Bananas, strawberries pecans all enhanced the treat.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Merry HoHo Yea!


      December 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  14. Mike litoris

    We added a big slice of strawberry to our traditional graham cracker, Hershey's chocolate, and marshmallow s'mores! Awesome! I actually ask for seconds sometimes!

    December 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  15. beenz

    Add a couple of crumbled pretzels to your s'mores for a salty kick...

    December 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • dt

      A bacon wrap is good too... JUST KIDDING.

      December 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  16. Sue Rankin-Pollard

    I did this last May during a band (Ohlone Community Band) camp out. I even got a few other people to try it, too! And, yes, with the mint ones. Great minds think alike.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  17. Stoccata

    This product shot is supposed to be enticing? It makes me think of a pathology lab.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Sarah

      The picture is simply missing the glass of Pinot Noir that correctly pairs with the S'moreo. Then it would look enticing.

      December 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  18. Blinkk

    I'll pass.

    December 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Jerv

      Agreed. The photo looks revolting.

      December 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • Ex-TeaPartyr

      I agree! That thing looks disgusting!!!

      December 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  19. Tony

    Somebody should alert Nabisco – this would be a great new product. 2 graham Oreo cookies with marshamllow filling covered in chocolate!

    December 21, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • Mary Tyler Moore

      Please pass the insulin.

      December 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • Merry HoHo Yea!

      I think that's called a moonnpie –
      Actual currency in the slammer

      December 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  20. les

    that's just wrong

    December 21, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  21. Adam

    FYI the name and idea of the S'moreo was created by Dr. Sara Newman many years ago. I believe it's even trademarked. Based on the picture it looks like you're doing it wrong. The marshmallow should NOT be burnt on the outside. It has been recommended by some to char the outside, then remove the ashy skin before placing on the oreo.

    December 21, 2011 at 10:45 am |
    • Toasty

      Haha I have never heard of there being a "wrong" way to make a s'more. I like my marshmallows burnt, I prefer the flavor that way. How is that wrong? And if it is, then dammit, I don't want to be right.

      December 21, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • Whorhay

      I agree, burnt is doing it wrong! The problem though is that people don't have the patience to get that golden brown crust while melting the inside without charing the outside at least a little. A little char though is a small price to pay for getting your smores more quickly.

      December 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • ouch

      I can guarantee that someone made a "smoreo" before this Dr was even born. Its not a creative recipe, every sandwich cookie in america has at one time been used as a smore. I can also guarantee this Dr didnt trademark anything related to a brand like Oreo who would sue her so fast her head would spin.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  22. Mia

    Marshmallow with deluxe graham cookies.

    December 21, 2011 at 10:13 am |
  23. humtake

    You've never liked smores? I feel sorry for your tastebudless tongue :-(

    December 21, 2011 at 9:32 am |
    • xxsevensxx

      Sorry to say, I've never really cared for them either. They're yummy, don't get me wrong, but even the eight-year-old me failed to enjoy making or eating them.

      December 21, 2011 at 10:32 am |
      • Mark

        If you don't think s'mores are great, try the microwave version. The marshmallow and chocolate both get nice and gooey. Say goodbye to burned mashmallows and dry feeling s'mores. Yeah, I know there's no toasted marshmallow flavor, but that gets mostly masked by the chocolate anyway. (If not, you're not using enough chocolate.)

        December 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
      • Marcelo

        / Unless the marshmallow was the exact size as the cup, it would float anurod a lot. The coco hole (not going to use the word sippy ) would rarely line up with your previous sips, and would require a great deal of awkward cup turning. This puts everyone in danger of repetitive stress-based injuries to the wrist (and holiday spirit).Therefore, you would really need several holes anurod the perimeter of the marshmallow pad, allowing for only minor mouth adjustments with each sip. The additional manufacturing costs would pay for themselves over time.

        December 25, 2012 at 4:20 am |
  24. Canada: America's Hat

    the Little Debbie s'mores snack cakes are surprisingly tasty.
    though now I want s'moreos! Mmmm and made with the new Triple Double Oreos..I'm drooling at the thought!

    December 21, 2011 at 9:27 am |
  25. Rachel

    You should try it with a chips ahoy or any type of chocolate chip cookie with marshmallow in the middle... delicious!

    December 21, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  26. AJ

    Try making s'mores with Manischewitz chocolate covered Matzos and coconut marshmallows. Divine!

    December 21, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • You must

      be a Jew

      December 21, 2011 at 9:25 am |
      • Newt

        Wow. Nothing get's past you.

        December 21, 2011 at 9:34 am |
      • xxsevensxx

        Do you eat rice? You must be Chinese. Do you eat pizza? You must be Italian. Need I go on?

        December 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  27. AleeD®

    Pease tell me that's a Christmas Oreo that's merely dyed green and not a mint one.

    December 21, 2011 at 6:48 am |
    • AleeD®

      "Please ..."

      December 21, 2011 at 6:49 am |
  28. AA

    Excellent, an article on that everyone can agree on & not troll to extremes!!

    December 21, 2011 at 3:54 am |
    • Benn

      Oh, honey, don't sell the trolls short.

      December 21, 2011 at 6:47 am |
  29. Rachel

    My sister and I have been doing this for YEARS.

    December 20, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  30. HighLifeGirl

    That marshmallow looks perfect! I'll keep the regular s'more, thank you.

    December 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  31. hawkechik

    It's all about experimentation and finding what's good for *you.* All people are different, all tastes are different, no one thing will appeal to everybody. It's what makes the world go around. Enjoy :-).

    December 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
  32. Dave

    So ... a regular s'more is too sweet for you, but sandwiching a marshmallow in an Oreo isn't?

    December 20, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • SteveO


      December 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  33. Dave

    Imagine this with peanut butter Oreos...campfire fluffernutters, anyone??

    December 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • Gertrude

      BRILLIANT, Dave!!

      December 20, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
    • Best yet

      A regular smore but with a peanut butter cup instead of plain chocolate. SO FREAKING GOOD!

      December 21, 2011 at 11:56 am |
      • Brownie

        That is how I eat mine! It is delicious and MUCH better than just plain ole Hersheys chocolate bar. :)

        December 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
      • Kristen

        I think I just discovered the perfect desert for Scout camp this summer! Thanks so much. The boys will think I am the best Scout mom ever.

        December 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
      • CJEH

        combine that with the oreo-peanutbutter-brownie things over on the instructables site... insulin shock in two delicious bites.

        December 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  34. dramaqueenmom

    I love to use two Keebler Fudge Stripe cookies!

    December 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  35. JohnnyInSNJ

    I want that.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  36. Clyde M

    I've also made s'mores with Reese's cups instead of just a chocolate bar. Not bad if you like peanut butter. Andes mints are also good as your chocolate source.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  37. Sunflower

    The overly burnt marshmallow in the picture looks like some kind of skin cancer....Not appetizing at all.. GROSS. What happend to light golden brown?

    December 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  38. Kathleen

    Even better, put the marshmallow between 2 Chip's Ahoy cookies. (The gooey marshmallow doesn't work with the Oreo cream for me.)

    December 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • maybebutnocream

      The traditional way is the best the gooeyness of the marshmallow with melted chocolate yummy!! Maybe with chocolate graham crackers.. The oreo is a good idea, just no cream please!

      December 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  39. Cosi Restaurant Does This

    This concept has been around for a long time now. Cosi restaurant lets you make your own s'moreos over an individual fire kettle.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  40. Sigmagrrl

    This isn't a unique idea... The Cosi chain has had S'moreos on their menu for quite some time now!!

    December 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  41. byndpst

    ew! I hate a burned marshmallow.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  42. Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)

    Um. Em. That is genius!

    December 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
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