How to Make Perfect S'Mores In an Air Fryer

Now you can make a favorite summertime treat all year round.

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If you asked most people what their favorite kitchen appliance is, chances are they would name their beloved air fryer. This countertop gadget is simple to use and easy to clean. It cooks food quickly (and evenly), and is a healthier alternative to deep-frying. While most people typically use their air fryer to make classic crispy dishes like chicken tenders, potato skins, and roasted veggies, it can actually make a wide range of meals and even desserts.

One of the easiest and most delicious treats to whip up is classic s'mores–no campfire required. The best part? Air fryer s'mores only take a few minutes to come together.

How to Make Air Fryer S'mores

S'mores are one of those sweet treats that are universally loved by all. And the fact that you don't have to wait until summer rolls around to enjoy them—well, that's the beauty of the air fryer. Like many other things made in the air fryer, crafting the perfect s'more is beyond simple. Here's how to make them:

  1. Break a rectangular graham cracker into two squares. Place one square in the basket of the air fryer. You may want to prepare two at a time, depending on the size of the basket.
  2. Place a marshmallow on top of each graham cracker half.
  3. Set the air fryer to 390 F and cook for six to eight minutes, until the marshmallow begins to crisp up. Check on your s'mores around the three-minute mark to make sure they're not browning too quickly.
  4. Remove the graham cracker and melted marshmallow from the air fryer and carefully place a piece of chocolate on top, followed by the other half of the graham cracker.
  5. Push down gently and enjoy!

Best Chocolate to Use

While chocolate is one of the most important components of s'mores (some argue that a classic Hershey's bar is still the best option), you don't have to go the traditional chocolate bar route. Try a Reese's cup or a flavored Hershey's Kiss. Cookies and cream, mint chocolate, or even a piece of dark chocolate can add a unique twist.

Best Marshmallows to Use

Jumbo marshmallows will cook the most evenly and help give your s'more the perfect ratio of marshmallow to everything else. If you can't find the jumbo variety, three or four mini marshmallows will do the trick.

S'Mores Variations and Upgrades

One of the best things about s'mores is that you can customize them with whatever you have on hand. If you don't have a chocolate bar, try chocolate chips or a hazelnut spread like Nutella. If you want to add something salty for the perfect sweet-and-savory combo, add your favorite nut butter.

Turn up the sweetness by adding sprinkles, fruit jam or caramel. But if you choose to enhance your standard s'more, add the spreads and toppings after the graham cracker and marshmallow have cooked in the air fryer or over an open flame.

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