Whenever I think about the 4th of July, fireworks always come to mind. I’ve been going to see them since I was a kid. I’d walk to a local lake with my family and all the other families (some first or second generation from places like India, Germany, China, Philippines, Taiwan and so on) then curl up in a blanket while I ate some snacks and waited for the nighttime fireworks to start. Though that city doesn’t host fireworks anymore, Bay Area families of all cultures still come together to gaze in wonder at the celebration of USA’s independence. I’ve taken my daughter to be a part of this tradition since she was a baby, but she usually fell asleep, so last year was her first July 4th fireworks show, and the first time we could start a tradition to carry over this year — the July 4th snack. A fun S’more spinoff to me exact. Keep reading for my July 4th family tradition, and an easy recipe the kiddos can help with (if they don’t eat all the ingredients first).
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Because my daughter absolutely loves S’mores (camping or not), and July 4th just makes me think of camping and baseball and all that fun stuff, I thought it would be fun to makes S’mores with the only way you can make them — Honey Maid’s Honey Graham Crackers. At first I thought it would be cute to buy the little Teddy Grahams because seeing them brought me back to my childhood, and they would make adorable bite-size S’mores, but then I saw the Minion Graham Crackers and just had to pick those up. Of course, once I got to the car I ended up needing those to calm a tantrum . . . and then my daughter and husband ate the whole box the very next day while I was out (they couldn’t wait until I made the bite-size snack for July 4).
Fortunately, I also bought a box of Honey Maid’s Honey Graham Crackers, the original Graham Cracker Squares. So I made some tasty oven S’mores with strawberries and blueberries for a red, white and blue S’mores that is unbelievably delicious. I really want to learn to make my own graham cracker crust, too, so that may be coming up soon. Until then, I’ll stick with a 4th of July classic — A snack beloved by everyone, just like fireworks (recipe below).
- Honey Maid’s Honey Graham Crackers
- Chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 250
- Snap graham crackers in half and lay the halves out on a cookie sheet
- Place marshmallows and chocolate chips on the halves (either a bit of both on each facing side, or just marshmallows on one and chocolate on the other)
- Place cookie sheet in the oven
- Start timer for 8 minutes (These could take 8-10 minutes and should appear soft but not completely melted when you take them out.)
- Slice strawberries (and blueberries if you would like)
- Take out the S’mores and arrange strawberry slices and blueberries on one half of each S’more set. (My daughter doesn’t like blueberries so I made them without blueberries then added some blueberries from our blueberry tree to a few of the S’mores she’s not eating after the S’mores had set for a bit.)
- Let cool for a minute then put one half on top of the other for each S’more set.
Once assembled, place your S’mores in the fridge to cool for a few hours before eating (the berries can leak some juice, so the fridge helps with that and keeping everything together). Be careful to not stack the S’mores on top of each other when refrigerating. These are the perfect treat to take with you to enjoy fireworks with family!
What’s your favorite July 4th treat to make with Honey Maid Graham Crackers? No matter how things change, what makes us wholesome never will. Honey Maid provides wholesome snacks for every wholesome family.