Strawberry S’mores

Traditional s’mores sweetened up with slices of fresh strawberries for an added boost of flavor and pop of color, perfect for the fourth of July! 

Strawberry S'mores Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Do you have a week or two out of the year that is just especially emotional or filled with memories? I guess the two kind of go hand in hand because both sad and happy memories bring up emotions. This is my week. It’ll always be my week.

Today would have been my grandfather’s 91st birthday. It’s been 7 1/2 years since his passing. A day I’ll never forget. Tears streaming as I write this. I miss him. We had a special relationship. When I was younger we exchanged letters. I don’t know many kids that write letters back and fourth with their grandparents… or anyone at all anymore for that matter these days. It was always a treasured moment to receive a letter in the mail and then write back. I wasn’t always as timely as I should have been, but no matter how long it took me to send a letter, I knew I’d be receiving one back. I saved every letter. It’s the closest thing I have to him anymore.

Strawberry S'mores Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Tomorrow is a day full of mixed emotions for me. The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite days. Fireworks, sun, summer, food – just a great day. Who cares about days where you get presents. It’s just stuff. But the 4th of July is a memory making day. It has a wow factor and a fun factor. But 7 years ago, I lost another amazing man in my life – my father in-law. He was a great man full of spirit and wit, taken from us too soon. Cancer sucks. I wish my kids would’ve had the chance to meet them both. How do you bounce back from two major events and try to make happy memories of what was once a cherished day? A baby.

Our oldest turns 6 tomorrow. I swear it was all meant to be. She brought joy back to this week and day. A blessing in disguise perhaps. I’m always amazed by how much she’s grown. Not just physically but in general. Never in my life did I actually think of the day when she would be able to read a book to me or write notes for us or to her friends. I also see so much of me in her and that kind of scares me. We really are our parents and thus… she is me. Think about that for a minute. How were you as a kid? A glimpse into your future/past. Don’t tell me that’s not scary.

Strawberry S'mores Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

And of course to continue on with my s’more loving … a super easy last minute recipe you can whip up for your friends and family or just yourself. It’s your typical s’more but 100x better, so long as you enjoy sweet strawberries. Glorious strawberries. They make everything better… kind of like bacon, only I promise to never put bacon in s’mores because I’m really trying very hard to not add bacon to my sweets. Baby steps with the whole sweet/salty thing.

The key here is so make sure you use just the right sized marshmallow. Too much and you’ll have a flooding of marshmallow, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it’ll be messier than usual. Still tasty. Use 1 regular marshmallow or just slightly less than half of a mega marshmallow.

I promise you’ll fall head over heels in love with this variety of s’mores.

Looking for more last minute 4th of July ideas? Check these out:
Sausage and red pepper stuffed mushrooms
Strawberry oatmeal crumb bars
Chocolate chip cookie brownie bars
Funfetti cupcakes
Frozen lemonade
Lobster rolls
BLC salad
Brown sugar barbecue sauce
Corn on the cob: four ways

Strawberry S'mores

Traditional s'mores sweetened up with slices of fresh strawberries for an added boost of flavor and pop of color!

Ingredients:

Graham crackers
Hershey's milk chocolate bars
Marshmallows
Fresh strawberries, sliced

Directions:

Place chocolate and marshmallow on a graham cracker base. Microwave for 15 seconds, or cook as desired. Top off with strawberry slices and a top layer of graham crackers. If making these indoors, use a kitchen torch to toast the marshmallow.

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57 Responses to “Strawberry S’mores”

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    Jamie @lifelovelemons — July 3, 2013 at 8:04 am

    what a perfect addition to s’mores!

    • Rachel — July 3rd, 2013 @ 10:46 am

      Right? So delicious!

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    Nessa — July 3, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Oh my god- that gooey marshmallow! Yummmm :)

    • Rachel — July 3rd, 2013 @ 10:46 am

      Gooey is totally necessary ;)

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    Tieghan — July 3, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Gorgeous Rachel! what a fun twist!

    • Rachel — July 3rd, 2013 @ 10:46 am

      Thanks Tieghan!

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    Tracy @ Peanut Butter and Onion — July 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Why not… love smores, love strawberries

    • Rachel — July 3rd, 2013 @ 10:47 am

      See? Perfect combo :)

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    Kerry — July 3, 2013 at 8:51 am

    That looks heavenly and perfect for the holiday!

    • Rachel — July 3rd, 2013 @ 10:47 am

      Absolutely! Have a great holiday!

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — July 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

    S’mores just got 100 times better!

    • Rachel — July 3rd, 2013 @ 10:47 am

      Thanks Steph!

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — July 3, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Aww…so sweet that you and your grandpa wrote each other. :-) That’s wonderful that you always have those letters to look back on.

    And happy birthday to your daughter! Have a happy 4th!

    • Rachel — July 3rd, 2013 @ 10:47 am

      Thanks so much Amy!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 3, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Oh I am all about these! I have never seen strawbery smores! Ive seen PB, Nutella, salted caramel – but never with fruit! Great thinking!

    • Rachel — July 3rd, 2013 @ 10:47 am

      Oh jeez… now I need a caramel one ;)

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — July 3, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Somehow you managed to make s’mores even more perfect! I’m all over this! Happy birthday to your daughter!!

    • Rachel — July 3rd, 2013 @ 10:48 am

      Thanks Marie!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — July 3, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Happy birthday to your little girl! I lost my grandfather around this time 5 years ago and it’s still too much to think about, sometimes. But isn’t it kind of wonderful that we can use this holiday — one that brings people together to celebrate and be in each others’ company — to remember our loved ones? At least that’s how I try to see it. :) As for these s’mores, they look amazing! Love the strawberries tucked inside!

    • Rachel — July 3rd, 2013 @ 10:48 am

      Holiday losses seem to be that much harder to overcome but friends, family and new life always help. Have a great holiday!

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — July 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

    What a sweet memory about your grandfather and the letters. The s’mores are exquisite but the words were even more heartfelt.

    • Rachel — July 3rd, 2013 @ 10:48 am

      Thanks so much Cathy!

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — July 3, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Oh, such a sweet story. I’m so happy your daughter has brought joy back to you for the 4th. I love that you and your grandpa wrote letters. No one does that anymore, so cherish them! These s’mores sound delish with strawberries! Why didn’t I think of that?! ;)

    • Rachel — July 3rd, 2013 @ 10:49 am

      Isn’t it sad? A letter is so much more meaningful even if it’s short.

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — July 3, 2013 at 10:22 am

    You are so smart posting this right before the weekend! ;) Seriously! I want either a campfire or at least a kitchen torch right now! And wow what a whirlwind of emotions for the day. Happy birthday to your girl! Ill eat some s’mores for her :)

    • Rachel — July 3rd, 2013 @ 10:49 am

      Thanks Carla! You need a torch asap… oh the fun you’d have :)

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 3, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Look at those sexy little thangs! I want a dozen!

    • Rachel — July 3rd, 2013 @ 10:49 am

      Thanks! Wish I could supply them! :)

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — July 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I positively adore these s’mores! They could not be any more adorable!

    • Rachel — July 3rd, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

      Thanks Kelli!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — July 3, 2013 at 11:27 am

    What a sweet post. It’s funny/freaky/awesome how life works out like that sometimes.
    I love a good s’more, but the addition of a sweet slice of strawberry is even better. Definitely trying this next time!

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    Marcie — July 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Thank goodness for your daughters birth to make this holiday special again. I agree with the 4th of July just being a special day filled with sun, BBQ, and family. It was my great grandmothers birthday, and we celebrated in style every year till she passed. Your s’mores look wonderful with that delicious strawberry! Have a great 4th!

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — July 3, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Oh man, these look so incredible. Dying!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Holy crap. I need this. Like now.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Crap. Pressed sent before I was done.

    Thanks for sharing your stories. I wish you a happy 4th all around :)

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 4, 2013 at 12:15 am

    What a touching post, Rachel. I love that you and your grandfather wrote each other letters.

    Strawberries are the perfect addition to s’mores!

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    Angie — July 4, 2013 at 8:10 am

    How simple and beautiful! I love the addition of fresh strawberries, great idea!

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    Paula — July 4, 2013 at 8:37 am

    This is a new twist on an old favourite that I can really sink my teeth into. Happy Independence Day to you!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — July 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Those look incredible! I tried adding blueberries to my campfire s’mores last summer and I am completely hooked on them now. Now I need to give strawberries a try too!!!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — July 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I got teary reading this – seriously. It was really touching and I love how the birth of Sienna was like a metaphor for life passing but bringing an angel to earth. Haha, I sound so sappy saying this but it was a wonderful story so I’m glad you shared it :) now..these s’mores…….I want them all up in my kitchen, stat!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — July 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    This looks mind-bogglingly delish! I need to try smores ASAP. Looks like I’m missing out. Big time :D

    Happy 4th!!

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    Tna — July 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Is there a tip or trick in preventing the sliced strawberries from slipping out of the s’mores?

    • Rachel — July 6th, 2013 @ 8:55 am

      Squish them into the marshmallow a bit and hold tight? ;) Sorry… I don’t have any amazing advice. S’mores are just messy but a summer must eat!

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    Danae (The Busty Baker) — July 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I love this post. So sweet and the perfect treat to show off too. I went camping for the 4th, and it rained so hard for the day and a half, we never even got to light a fire. Thus, no smores for me. But now I get to make them at home with the strawberries I just bought, so maybe it was meant to be! And I’m not going to lie. I know you said you don’t want it in your sweets, but my first thought was, “holy $%^&. Bacon Smores. That’s genuis! I’ve GOT to try that!”

    • Rachel — July 6th, 2013 @ 8:54 am

      lol you’ll have to keep me posted on the bacon

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    Autumn@Good Eats Girl — July 5, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I am definitely going to be adding strawberries to my next s’mores! Delish!

    Our oldest turned 6 this spring…6 is an age that I am loving. I, like you, can’t believe that she is reading and spelling, adding, subtracting and doing all of these amazing things! She is growing into her own person and it’s pretty great to be able to see it all happen! I can’t believe 1st grade is around the corner!!

    • Rachel — July 6th, 2013 @ 8:54 am

      I swear she changed overnight – so far I’m liking 6 too :)

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    Nutmeg Nanny — July 5, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Mouth watering! The perfect way to spruce up a classic :)

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 6, 2013 at 8:25 am

    What a sweet post. What a special relationship to have with your grandpa- and priceless to have those treasured letters.

    • Rachel — July 6th, 2013 @ 8:58 am

      Thanks Katrina! :)

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    Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven — July 6, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    What an delicious idea! I know how I’m making my next s’more! ;)

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    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — July 7, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    What wonderful memories. I, too, communicate with my grandparents via snail-mail, and you are absolutely right that there is nothing that compares with that feeling when you open the mailbox and colorful stationary peeks out between the bills!

    I am also still gaga over how you managed to make smores better than they already are! Amazing! [Beautiful photos too, btw!]

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    Jackie @ The Beeroness — July 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    This is pure brilliance.

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    Karly — July 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I can not even handle this. I mean, it’s so simple, but it’s so FABULOUS.

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — July 9, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    These are my favorite, I love adding strawberries to anything, especially s’mores!

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    I love the idea of adding strawberries to s’mores! Makes it even more summery and a little more gourmet! I hope you had a fun fourth filled with great memories. :D

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    Ashley — July 27, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Sorry to hear that the 4th is so bittersweet for you. These s’mores look phenomenal!

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