These Dark Chocolate Fresh Berry S'mores are the perfect, easy summer dessert! Great for your 4th of July celebrations and bonfires! Vegan and gluten-free options!

Happy Fourth Of July {tomorrow}!

This week our fridge is bursting at the seams with fresh berries! I have some delicious recipes coming in the next few weeks featuring summer’s finest raspberries, blueberries and strawberries…but today I’m sharing a super simple way to enjoy the summer berry harvest…Dark Chocolate Fresh Berry S’mores!

These Dark Chocolate Fresh Berry S'mores are the perfect, easy summer dessert! Great for your 4th of July celebrations and bonfires! Vegan and gluten-free options!

I’m guessing most of you have plans that involve a bonfire and s’mores at some point this weekend {and if not this weekend you most definitely do sometime this summer}! Well, it’s time to add an extra delicious, super special flair to your s’mores by using some dark chocolate and fresh berries!

Its’ all about the chocolate. Really. You need to choose high-quality dark chocolate to make this recipe really shine! We all loved  Ghirardelli 72% Dark Chocolate in these Dark Chocolate Fresh Berry S’mores! Because dark chocolate and fresh fruit is a quintessential summer dessert combination {in my opinion}!

These Dark Chocolate Fresh Berry S'mores are the perfect, easy summer dessert! Great for your 4th of July celebrations and bonfires! Vegan and gluten-free options!

I’ll admit that my husband was pretty skeptical about this particular creation. You see, before he took a bite of one of these Dark Chocolate Fresh Berry S’mores, he thought that the only chocolate that should be used to make s’mores was Hershey’s Symphony Bars…which I’ll admit do make a pretty tasty s’more.

However, as I watched him eat one of these Dark Chocolate Fresh Berry S’mores I could see that his mind was changing. Finally he said out loud what I suspected with each passing minute…”these are surprisingly good. In fact, I think they’re better than my “normal” s’mores!” That’s right folks. Ritch thinks these beauties are better than the way he had eaten s’mores his entire life! Even Bethany, my oldest daughter, said that her raspberry dark chocolate s’more was the best she’s ever had! 10 points for mom!

These Dark Chocolate Fresh Berry S'mores are the perfect, easy summer dessert! Great for your 4th of July celebrations and bonfires! Vegan and gluten-free options!

True Story: We make s’mores year round in our house! It’s one of my kids’ favorite desserts, and they’re so easy and fun to make! In the summer we pull out our backcountry stove and roast our marshmallows over the flame.

In the winter months we roast our marshmallows over the open burners on our stove. And sometimes…I’ll admit…we just use the microwave! Because watching the marshmallows get really big is super fun! 😉

These Dark Chocolate Fresh Berry S'mores are the perfect, easy summer dessert! Great for your 4th of July celebrations and bonfires! Vegan and gluten-free options!

Dark Chocolate Fresh Berry S’mores: Method

As is true when making any variety of s’mores…the #1 tip to making them great is setting up all the ingredients before roasting the marshmallows. Lay out your grahams with the chocolate on top, select which berries you’ll use and have them in a bowl ready to go. You have to be quick to get that warm marshmallow to melt the dark chocolate to gooey perfection!

These Dark Chocolate Fresh Berry S'mores are the perfect, easy summer dessert! Great for your 4th of July celebrations and bonfires! Vegan and gluten-free options!

Dark Chocolate Fresh Berry S’mores: Substations

These are s’mores people. There are four ingredients. If you don’t want to use grahams, mallows and chocolate make a different dessert! 😉

Really all that matters is choosing s’mores components that fit your dietary needs. I highly recommend these gluten-free grahams and these vegan marshmallows if you’re looking for gluten and dairy-free options!

Most dark chocolate is dairy-free too {hallelujah}! Just be sure that the variety you choose is both high-quality and works with your diet! Enjoy Life Foods has great allergy-friendly chocolate!

Fresh Berry S’mores

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 3 S'mores

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Break each graham cracker into two pieces.
  2. Place chocolate on one piece of graham cracker.
  3. Choose your berries and set them in a bowl near your grahams/chocolate.
  4. Carefully roast the marshmallows over an open flame to your desired doneness!
  5. Carefully slide the marshmallow onto the chocolate.
  6. Quickly place berries on top of warm marshmallow and cover with the second graham cracker.
  7. Enjoy!
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These Dark Chocolate Fresh Berry S'mores are the perfect, easy summer dessert! Great for your 4th of July celebrations and bonfires! Vegan and gluten-free options!

Can I be totally real for a second and say that I don’t love the 4th of July {gasp}! For the past 6 years I haven’t seen any fireworks because I’ve either had a newborn or a nursing baby. I mean, why do fireworks shows have to start past my bedtime?! {I know, I know the sun doesn’t set…blah blah blah}!

But really, having little kids on this holiday makes it a bit challenging. Ritch will take Bethany and Gabe this year, but the verdict is still out whether or not Naomi is old enough to tag along without turning into a monster when the clock strikes 10. 😉 I do love that the Hogle Zoo gives free admission to veterans and their immediate family members on the Fourth of July! It has become our family’s tradition to go in the morning every year and we love it!

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These Dark Chocolate Fresh Berry S'mores are the perfect, easy summer dessert! Great for your 4th of July celebrations and bonfires! Vegan and gluten-free options!