The Surprising Ingredient You Should Start Adding To Your S'mores

S'mores are such a classic, nostalgic dessert, but sometimes you just might want to up the flavor. And if you're ready to switch things up while roasting marshmallows in your backyard or perhaps out on the trail, there are seemingly limitless ways to be a s'mores maximalist. You can boost the flavor from the outside to the inside — if you're creative enough, too.

Love From the Oven suggests using all kinds of different cookies, crackers, and even other sweets like cereal bars instead of regular graham crackers to upgrade the exterior of the s'more. Then you can swap out your plain chocolate bar for almost any kind of chocolate candy you love — be it peanut butter cups, peppermint patties, toffee bars, or even a simple almond-studded chocolate bar. But there is an even easier way to add more flavor to your s'mores, and it's also a lot easier to pack if you plan on camping.

The oh-so easy ingredient hack for a new s'more

Taste of Home suggests using old reliable peanut butter to really make an impact on your s'mores treat without going to too much trouble. You'll get a similar result as using a Reese's peanut butter cup, but as a bonus, the spreadable protein is also a great snack or meal when paired with other camping or hiking essentials. Not to mention, it's an easy way to boost a spur-of-the-moment dessert with a pantry staple at home, too.

This trick works great with all kinds of spreads. Whether you have smooth, chunky, or honey peanut butter or even alternative nut butters like almond or cashew butter, the ingredient should taste great on a s'more. And if you happen to have other spreads like Nutella or cookie butter, you'll have even more options for creating new s'mores combinations, too.

So, take another look around the pantry before you make s'mores at home again. And if you're making the treat away from home, consider packing a jar of peanut butter — not only for a quick, grab-and-go protein but also for a new kind of s'more.