In 2009, proclaimed “marshmallista” Nancy Tschetter created Fireside S’mores to embrace her love of a nostalgic firelit snack. With her homemade marshmallows and graham crackers, she says she wants to offer people the feeling of being surrounded by loved ones in the outdoors.
When she’s not creating sweet (custom) treats, Tschetter is a stay-at-home mom to 10-year-old Luke and 8-year-old Lily in Rapid City. Tschetter shared more about her life and business with 605.
WHAT PART OF A S’MORE IS THE BEST?
The marshmallow, hands down. Although I can eat graham crackers and chocolate all day, it’s a perfectly roasted, caramelized square of sugary goodness that’s the best part.
WHAT EVENTS CAN FIRE S’MORES BE FOUND AT?
We have done wedding showcases, classy celebrations, pop-up shops, holiday open houses at local boutiques, local craft shows, the South Dakota State Fair, Santa in the Shops at Main Street Square, and many different events in the Hills such as Spin the Beetle Fat Bike Race in Custer. S’mores know no bounds!
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT YOUR PRODUCTS?
They’re made with love. Seriously. Marshmallows and handcrafted graham crackers are a labor of love. They’re sticky, putzy, and time consuming to make. But our small-batch, made-from-scratch marshmallows and graham crackers are part of people making memories around the fire, so we’ll keep at it.
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME DURING THE PANDEMIC?
Last September, my husband was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer. It turned our world upside down. We really focused on spending more time together at home as a family. Those practices were already in place when the pandemic hit. We were already in our own bubble, trying to heal together.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO SET UP CAMP IN THE SOUTH DAKOTA SUMMER?
Oh, South Dakota, your list is long. Apart from the many great campgrounds and campsites we’re blessed to have, our family enjoys setting up our camper and bringing the boat to Angostura Reservoir. We get some good fishing in (dinner, done!), and the kids get to swim and play at the beach. If it includes campfires and s’mores, count us in.