Maybe you live in an area where there’s a fire ban, or perhaps you are in a condo or apartment with just a balcony or patio. In other words, there will be no campfire for you tonight. Do you and your family really have to live this summer without the pleasure of ooey gooey S’mores? Maybe not!
How about building a S’mores solar oven! It’s pretty simple to do once you get the concept. Go ahead and grab your graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows. S’mores are on the way!
Here’s what you’ll need to build your solar oven, also known as your S’mores Personal Oven:
- A cardboard pizza box (or other shallow box with attached lid)
- Tin foil
- Glue stick
- Black construction paper
- Clear plastic (heavy plastic wrap will work)
- strong tape like packaging tape
- stick or dowel to prop lid open
Using a craft knife, cut out an opening in the lid of the box, following along about 1 inch inside the border of the lid, and leaving the hinged side intact. Flip open the new lid-within-the-lid and glue tin foil, shiny side out, nice and smooth over the underside of the new lid.
Take your heavy-duty plastic wrap and stretch it tightly over the old lid forming a kind of window. Tape down securely around the edges of the original lid so the plastic is tight and sealed nicely. Now, lift up that plastic wrapped, or window lid. In the bottom of the pizza box lay a piece of tin foil, again shiny side out, then lay black construction paper over, covering the tin foil completely. This is your little heating element.
Take your oven outside and position it so that when the tin foil flap is open the sun shines directly on the flap and box. Put it on a clean table, protected from ants and other bugs.
Put together your S’mores by arranging an equal number of graham crackers on top of the construction paper. Top half of the crackers with a marshmallow each and the other half with chocolate bars.
Now, close your plastic covered lid down making sure it’s as sealed as possible, flaps tucked in, etc. Prop the small foil lined lid up with a stick, dowel, or whatever you can use to keep it open catching the sunlight.
Between the reflected sunlight on the small tin foil covered lid, the plastic wrapped lid holding in the heat, and the foil/construction paper heating element, you’ve got yourself the perfect solar oven for the production of S’mores!
Depending on the temperature outside, your S’mores could take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to completely melt. Check them often, grab yourself a glass of cold milk, and you won’t even miss the campfire if you join in some campfire songs! Enjoy!
p.s. For the diehard S’mores lover, Hershey’s even has their very own S’mores Maker. It’s a little over the top for a campfire aficionado, but it’s awful cute!