Conor Dannis, s’more-ologist (yes, you read that right) at the Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana, offers his advice for crafting a stellar campfire treat.

stacked smores on blue background
Photography by Jason Donnelly
| Credit: Photography by Jason Donnelly

1. Skip the stick

Dannis is a proponent of metal skewers instead of sticks. They get hot without catching fire and help you work with precision. For the ultimate s'more, you'll need two skewers (you'll see why in a minute!).

2. Preheat the tip

Start by preheating the tip of one skewer in the coals for about 30 seconds. Then (carefully!) melt a hole lengthwise through a marshmallow, making it just big enough to fit a 1/2-by-1-inch piece of chocolate.

3. Use that second skewer

Wiggle your chocolate into the marshmallow. Insert the second skewer into the same hole. (The first skewer will be too hot and will melt the chocolate.)

4. Go for the gold

For a golden-brown marshmallow, cook it on the upwind side of the fire, about 6 inches above the coals. Rotate the skewer until the 'mallow is brown all the way around and the chocolate is gooey.

5. Eat ASAP

Sandwich between graham crackers, or get creative with cookies. Either way, gobble it right up!

Want even s'more? Check out our full Q&A with the s'more-ologist!