Round up a terra-cotta pot and a few other household items to build mini bonfire in three easy steps. Then you can make s'mores on the regular!
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If there's a dessert that defines summer, we'd argue it's s'mores. They're an essential part of July 4th cookouts and a sweet spot in any camping trip. We're sure you'd be toasting marshmallows and sandwiching them (and your favorite chocolate!) between two graham crackers more often, but not every summer get together involves a fire. And what is a s'more without an open flame to "cook" it over? Read on for our hot tip because, as it turns out, you don't need to go camping or buy a fire-pit to enjoy some sweet-and-melty goodness. Here, we outline how to build a mini bonfire in three easy steps.

For these fast flames, all you'll need are a few household items, then it's time to grab your skewers and get toasting!

fire in pot to make smores
Credit: Illustration by Débora Islas

Start with a Terra-Cotta Pot

Set any medium-size one on a heavy trivet or pizza stone to protect the surface underneath from the heat.

Add Aluminum Foil

Line the inside of the pot with a few overlapping sheets of aluminum foil to insulate the heat and avoid charring the clay.

Layer Charcoal Briquettes

Pile charcoal briquettes into the pot until it's at least three-quarters full, and then light them. When they're white and smoking, you're in business—it's time for the marshmallows!

martha stewart bic lighter

Haute Heat

Martha's new Bic EZ Reach lighter keeps your fingers a safe distance from the flame ($11 for three, us.bic.com).

smores kit

Fancy Fixings

To take your s'mores to the next level, treat yourself to this kit from Northern California-based craft chocolatier Dick Taylor. It makes two big s'mores with Effie's Oatcakes cookies, Malvi vanilla marshmallows, and 72 percent Belize dark chocolate ($14, dicktaylorchocolate.com).

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