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These aren't your mama's s'mores! All the usual ingredients, thrown in a skillet with mini tater tots for the ultimate salty and sweet combination.

S'mores Tots in a skllet

K, so, I love s'mores. In basically any and every form. I've made them into a s'mores trifle, s'mores toffee bark, and s'mores cupcakes (my personal favorite). There's just something about honey-flavored graham crackers in conjunction with melty chocolate and ooey gooey marshmallows that's so comforting, regardless of its form.

So when my friend Dan of The Food In My Beard sent me a copy of his newest book Tots!: 50 Tot-ally Awesome Recipes from Totchos to Sweet Po-tot-o Pie and I saw that there was a recipe called “S'mores Tots” I lost my sh*t. 

"Tots! 50 Tot-ally Awesome Recipes from Totchos to Sweet Po-tot-o Pie" by Dan Whalen

Tater tots with chocolate?! WHAT IN THE HELL?!

I mean, tater tots are salty and I do like salty and sweet together…

Wait, so the tots would be crunchy to go with the gooey chocolate and marshmallows?? SWEETBABYJESUS.

My internal monologue was intense (or maybe it wasn't all that internal, I don't remember because I blacked out from all the awesomeness).

The prep is quick, and the hardest part is waiting for it to come out of the oven. I feel bad even calling it prep, because it's practically nothing. You put sugar and graham crackers in a food processor, and toss the tots with oil in a pan. You don't need to be Martha Stewart to handle that.

Graham crackers pulsed in a food processor

The hardest part of the prep for me, frankly, was getting this guy to stop jumping on the counter and trying to eat the ingredients:

Orange and white cat on a windowsill


Aaaaaaaanyway. I rather enjoyed pulsing the graham crackers and sugar, because it gave me this sweet-smelling dust that perfectly coated each and every tater tot. I might have eaten a spoonful on its own… you know, for science.

Dan's recipe calls for semisweet chocolate chips, but I opted for a combination of chopped chocolate dark chocolate chips. I wish I could say it was a creative or artistic choice, but it was simply because I'm apparently out of semisweet chips and didn't have enough of either the chopped or dark chips.

Womp womp. Luckily, I think everything turned out a-OK.

The verdict?

S'mores Tots in a skllet

SO GOOD. You guys know I love a good salty and sweet dish, and this totally hit the mark for me. The crunchiness of the crispy tater tots and graham cracker dusting is the perfect companion to the gooey marshmallows and melty chocolate.

I almost poured a rather generous spoonful of melted peanut butter on top, too. Also for science.

S'mores Tots from "Tots! 50 Tot-ally Awesome Recipes from Totchos to Sweet Po-tot-o Pie" by Dan Whalen

Maaaaaaaybe next time. But for realz, next time I make it I'd like to make a couple small changes in the name of being a dessert fanatic:

  • I'd like to try melting 1/3 of the chocolate and drizzling it over top before topping it with the marshmallows and graham cracker dust. I purposely didn't bake it long enough that all the chocolate melted because I wanted to have a lot of the chocolate chunks in every bite, but I found in the end that while that IS what I want, I also wanted the meltiness. 
  • I'd also like to try tossing all the ingredients together before baking, rather than just topping the tots with the rest. I'm curious how it would turn out!
S'mores Tots in a skllet

There are 49 other recipes in this book (lots of savory, but also some other desserts) that I need to try, so I better get over to the store to stock up on more tots.

The cashier is going to think I have a problem. And I'm completely okay with that.

"Tot ya later!" in "Tots! 50 Tot-ally Awesome Recipes from Totchos to Sweet Po-tot-o Pie" by Dan Whalen

Order your own copy of Tots!: 50 Tot-ally Awesome Recipes from Totchos to Sweet Po-tot-o Pie right now! There's no possible way that you're going to regret it. Dan's getting married later this year, so buying his book would make a pretty awesome wedding gift. Just sayin'.

And then invite me over while you try all the recipes. For science.

A big thank you to Dan for sharing his book with me! And thank you to all of you for reading, sharing, and – if you purchase a copy of Dan's book like the stellar human being that you are – for supporting Stress Baking as well by purchasing via the affiliate links on this page. Any purchases you make via affiliate links on this site help support Stress Baking and keep it going – so thank you!

S'mores Tots from "Tots!"

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These aren't your mama's s'mores! All the usual ingredients, thrown in a skillet with mini tater tots for the ultimate salty and sweet combination.
Recipe from Tots!: 50 Tot-ally Awesome Recipes from Totchos to Sweet Po-tot-o Pie by Dan Whalen
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings




  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Place the tots on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle them with the oil. Toss the tots gently to coat them evenly with the oil, then spread them out in an even layer.
    1 1/2 pounds (680 ⅖ g) frozen tots
    2 tablespoons vegetable or peanut oil
  • Bake the tots, flipping them with a spatula halfway through cooking, until evenly browned and crispy, about 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place the graham crackers and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth.
    1 sleeve graham crackers
    1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • When the tots come out of the oven, immediately put them in a large bowl and pour the graham cracker mixture on top. Toss to coat.
  • Pile the coated tots into a 12-inch cast iron skillet or onto the center of a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet, reserving any bits of graham cracker mixture that remain in the bowl. Top the tots with the chocolate and marshmallows, then sprinkle the reserved graham cracker mixture on top.
    1 cup (180 g) semisweet chocolate chips
    1 cup (50 g) mini marshmallows
  • Bake until the marshmallows brown on top and the chocolate melts, about 10 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, using forks (or you're fingers if you're brave) to eat the tots right out of the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 926kcal | Carbohydrates: 148g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 1049mg | Potassium: 620mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 69g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 6mg

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Recipe created by Leslie Kiszka

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  1. Wow this is such a great idea and flavor combination, I would never have thought of it, sounds amazing!

  2. What a genius idea to combine tater tots with graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallow! It looks fantastic. I approve you wanting to try melting 1/3 of the chocolate “for science” purpose only ?.

  3. Wow, never in a million years would I think to use tots in a dessert! What a great idea. I love smores, so I will for sure have to give this a try

  4. All right, I confess I saw that combo and sort of… blinked… but then I remembered my first (negative) reaction to chocolate covered pretzels, and how wrong I was! Crunchy salty together with sweet chocolaty – totally works… and now I am intrigued!

  5. I never would have thought about tator tots in a dessert, but just thinking about it sounds SINful!! I love salty and sweet together.

  6. We would never let the cat roam on the counters! Not good for a working kitchen! I’m sure they sneak up there at night, but not with permission! Gotta love a great S’mores dessert and a well-written cookbook!

    1. I certainly don’t “let” them – one second they’re sleeping on a couch in the living room and the next they’re next to me trying to lick a bowl full of dough – they’re like ninjas!

  7. I would have never thought to make something so sweet with tots, but now that I think about it, they could easily be a great neutral base for some yummy marshmallow and chocolate. I’d definitely be up for a try!