The other day my daughter asked to make s’mores when we were in the middle of a heatwave. Of course I was intrigued by the idea, but we don’t have a fire pit or anything similar at our house. Plus, I was not about to light the grill in our driveway in 90+F! Since it was so warm I decided to see if we could let the sun do its job and make the s’mores for us. My daughter has a kiddie magnifying glass that is actually quite strong and we used it to toast the marshmallows. They weren’t quite the same as those roasted over a fire, but it worked nonetheless. Then we wrap the assembled s’mores in aluminum foil and left them in the blazing sun for about five minutes. When we unwrapped them they were warmed through and the chocolate was beautifully melted. We enjoyed our non-campfire treat which we renamed Sun S’mores!
How to Make Sun S’mores
1. Take four marshmallows and line them up on aluminum foil. Use a magnifying glass to toast each marshmallow by positioning the glass over the marshmallow and shining the sun directly on it until the skin begins to blister. This took us about five minutes per marshmallow around noon on a hot summer day so be patient — it is not as efficient as a burning fire.
2. Place the toasted marshmallows on a square of chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers and wrap them in aluminum foil. Place the foil packets in direct sun for about five minutes, or until the s’mores have warmed up and the chocolate begins to melt. You can heat them for more or less time if you prefer. Unwrap and enjoy!
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