Who needs a campfire when you’ve got a Ford in the driveway? Your car is an excellent heat source for making s’mores. Graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate, and heat to melt it all. That’s what you need.
Here are two methods for cooking s’mores in the car. One uses passive solar heat, and the other uses the warmth generated by your engine. Read on for the nitty-gritty details. (If you want s’more crazy ways to make s’mores, read How to Make S’mores Indoors with an Ironing Board!)
For this project, the process is more fun than the product!
Things You’ll Need:
- heavy duty aluminum foil
- graham crackers
- duct tape
- moist towelettes
For each s’more, put a 9 inch length of foil on the table. The shiny side should be down, so it will be shiny side out.
Assemble the s’more on top of the aluminum foil. Make a little sandwich out of a cracker, two squares of chocolate, several mini-marshmallows, and, of course, cracker on top. You’ll want to make at least two of these little foil s’more packets, so you can have fun trying both car cooking methods.
To use passive solar heat, park your car in a sunny location on a warm day. Close all windows. Place a s’more packet on the dashboard. Go park in a hot asphalt lot while you run errands in the mall. Or just stay home, where your auto becomes an oven in your own driveway. The chocolate and marshmallow will melt from the passive solar heat inside the car. Forget about your s’more for at least 15 minutes while it heats.
To use the heat generated by your car’s engine, make the s’mores when you already have a destination planned. Open the car hood. Place a s’more packet on the engine on the radiator or on or near the exhaust manifold. Secure it lightly with a length of duct tape.
Drive for about 10 or 15 miles before stopping the engine. Open the hood, and carefully remove the packet and duct tape with a hot holder. Be careful. The engine is hot!
Enjoy your s’mores by unwrapping them, smushing them together a bit, and biting into that yummy, chocolate marshmallow goo. Use the moist towelettes that you keep in the glove compartment to clean hands and faces.
Tips & Warnings
- If you check your s’mores and they are not melted completely yet, just give them more time.
- Kids love to try this kind of stuff with their parents.
- These s’mores taste a bit different than campfire s’mores. The unusual process of making them is the best part!
- Cars get extremely hot when closed up. Engines get quite hot too. An adult must supervise this activity, as cars are potentially dangerous for kids.
- Never leave a child alone in a closed vehicle. Never let a child near a hot engine.
- Make sure to keep moist towelettes in the glove box, ready to take care of any and all collateral stickies.