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 say their air fryer. These countertop gadgets have become the latest obsession for countless reasons—they're simple to use and clean, they cook food quickly and evenly, and they're a healthier alternative to deep-frying. While most people typically use their beloved air fryer to make classic crispy dishes like chicken tenders, potato skins, and roasted veggies, these nifty devices can be used to make a wide range of meals and even desserts.

One of the easiest and most delicious treats to whip up is a classic s'more. Sure, you can roast a marshmallow over a fire and sandwich it between two graham crackers and a piece of chocolate, but air fryers make it possible to enjoy this campfire favorite anytime. 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. Place half of graham cracker in the basket of the air fryer. You may want to prepare two at a time, but that will depend on the size of the basket.
  2. Place a marshmallow on top of each graham cracker half.
  3. Set the air fryer to 390 degrees and cook for six to eight minutes, until the marshmallow begins to crisp up. It's a good idea to check on your s'mores around the three-minute mark to make sure they're not browning too quickly.
  4. Remove s'mores from the air fryer and carefully place a piece of chocolate on top of the marshmallow, followed by the other half of the graham cracker.
  5. Push down gently and enjoy!

Best Chocolate to Use for S'Mores

No matter how you cook your s'mores, there's no denying that the chocolate you use is one of the most important components. And to make the perfect s'more, all you really need is some type of thin chocolate bar or candy. Some might argue that a classic Hershey's chocolate bar is the best option to use, but you could also use a Reese's cup or Hershey's Kiss. Cookies and cream, mint chocolate, or even a piece of dark chocolate will also work.

Best Marshmallows to Use for S'Mores

Believe it or not, 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, mini marshmallows will also do the trick, but try using three to four of them so they don't overflow onto the air fryer basket.

S'Mores Variations and Upgrades

One of the best things about s'mores is that you can customize them depending on what your tastebuds are craving, or with whatever you have on hand. If you don't have a chocolate bar, try using 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. You can also turn up the sweetness by adding sprinkles, fruit jam or caramel. But keep in mind, if you choose to enhance your standard s'more, make sure to add spreads and toppings after the graham cracker and marshmallow have cooked in the air fryer or over an open flame.