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It is an age old question.

How can I ensure that the chocolate in a s'more is properly melted. Even when assembling them quickly the marshmallow just doesn't have enough heat to melt the chunk of chocolate.

Any solutions are welcome but I would especially like to know how to do it with no special tools- just a campfire and a stick.

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What a great question - I love s'mores! –  KatieK Jul 9 '12 at 17:34
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I've balanced the chocolate slab on two sticks and held it over the fire before. It's really difficult to prevent it from burning and you have to have perfect timing to prevent it from melting off, so it's not good enough for me to post as an answer, but it worked in a pinch :P –  Matthew Read Jul 10 '12 at 20:07
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Since you specified not wanting any equipment other than a campfire and a stick, the best I can do is add one more piece of equipment you should be able to find anywhere (i.e., not have to carry with you): a rock.

If you put a flat-topped rock just to the edge of your campfire, you should be able to place a graham cracker and slab of chocolate on top of it. While you are toasting your marshmallow on the stick, the chocolate should start to melt. This technique won't produce totally melted chocolate (unless you have a very large, very hot fire), but the chocolate should get a little melty without being so runny that none of it makes it into your mouth.

This only works if you have thin Hershey bars or other chocolate in relatively thin pieces. Thick slabs won't soften all the way through with this type of indirect heat.

And for those people concerned about dirt, bring some aluminum foil to act as a buffer between the rock/dirty stuff and your s'more.

Extraneous but related note:

Your question got me thinking about ways to achieve melted chocolate with microwave s'mores (a last resort if I'm stuck inside with an electric oven or no oven at all), and I have an idea I'll test out tonight. When I microwave s'mores, I usually microwave the bottom graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow together, then top with the other graham cracker once the marshmallow gets gooey. The chocolate doesn't really get melted that way, though, because marshmallows take almost no time at all to melt. I'm wondering if pushing the chocolate inside the marshmallow before I stick it in the microwave might help the chocolate melt more. I will update once I've had a chance to try this.

Edit: I didn't really notice any difference between microwaving the chocolate inside the marshmallow v. underneath the marshmallow.

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Heating a rock, and then putting the chocolate on it is brilliant - any heat will help. –  KatieK Jul 9 '12 at 17:31
    
Heat a skillet in the oven (or on the stove or whatever) and then put the chocolate on it while you microwave an open-face marshmallow/graham cracker pile. Then add warmed chocolate post-microwave, make into closed-face sandwich, and enjoy. –  Abby T. Miller Jul 10 '12 at 19:30
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I was recently on a canoe trip. We ran out of chocolate for the s'mores a couple nights before the end, so we substituted Nutella. No need to worry about melting, just spread it on the graham cracker. The resulting s'mores are much messier, though, since it all tends to squeeze out between the crackers.

Overall, we judged it enough of a success that we'll go straight to Nutella for future trips. It's just as tasty, much easier to pack and re-pack, and not a concern for premature melting in the summer heat.

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We often used chocolate frosting in a similar manner in the past. I preferred the spreadable chocolate to a non-melted chocolate. –  Zoot Jul 9 '12 at 21:19
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Oooooh, nutella is an awesome idea! –  Laura Jul 10 '12 at 14:04
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There are two tricks that I know of:

  1. Stuff the chocolate in the middle of the marshmallow. More time in the fire will help it get melty.
  2. Roast your marshmallow long and slow so it's hot all the way through. It should practically fall off the stick. The hotter the marshmallow is, the more heat it can transfer to your chocolate. Let the whole s'more sit for a minute or two after assembly so that the marshmallow can warm up the chocolate.
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I do slow roast my marshmallows but I have to admit that they don't sit long after assembly. –  Sobachatina Jul 9 '12 at 18:14
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My marshmallows always catch on fire :( –  le_garry Jul 9 '12 at 18:39
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@le_garry - Pull them back from your heat source. In marshmallow roasting, patience is a virtue. –  KatieK Jul 9 '12 at 19:07
    
I like the stuffing idea, but I think that wouldn't have a high enough chocolate-to-marshmallow ratio for my tastes. I'll have to experiment with a combination of these 2 techniques. –  Simon Jul 9 '12 at 21:41
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Microwave the chocolate first in a microwaveable bowl, then heat the 'mellows and the crackers, before putting it all together. It's what I call "indoor s'mores".

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Roast the marshmallow on a stick.

Assemble the S'more(s).

Put some foil on a rock by the fire and let them melt a bit longer.

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I think Hershey changed something in their recipe to keep chocolate from melting too quickly in the sun/heat. Back in 1970 the chocolates melted just fine in Girl Scouts.

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As it is, this doesn't really answer the question (we can't get chocolate from 1970 so that it'll melt!) but it does suggest an answer: find a kind of chocolate that melts more easily. –  Jefromi Apr 8 '13 at 1:22
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