Marshmallow, graham cracker and chocolate OH MY!

It is indeed National S’MORES DAY!!  There are tons of articles and recipes out there (sandwiches, pies, ice cream), especially today, for this well-known summertime treat, so I thought I would give some of my favorites 🙂  Now, you don’t need to be an expert in camping or even enjoy the outdoors to enjoy these scrumptious treats (microwave anyone?), but really, with all the wonderful parks that we have access to, it’s a shame if you didn’t.

Chocolate Chip S’mores

S’mores Cups

S’mores Cupcakes (or here)

Another tip for creating a marshmallow topping, as so eloquently explained by NotWithoutSalt, is to pull the cupcakes (or brownies) out a few minutes before the buzzer and ad mini marshmallows, or one large marshmallow on top. Replace the pan for about 2-3 minutes and you will have a quick and quite simple cupcake topping!

Raspberry/Any Fruit S’mores – Add in some seasonal berries!

All Grown Up S’mores Bar

Easier S’mores Bars (or here)

I hope you have made at least one s’more during your life and please tell me you have all seen this scene from The Sandlot.  It is forever embedded in my memory and every time I think about s’mores, I have this dialogue going as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlddDZkkxCc

We’ve always been a sort of outdoorsy family, yearly trips to the mountains, hiking, camping, you get the picture.  Between family trips and Girl Scouts, I would definitely become the expert s’mores maker.  For me, I find that the perfect marshmallow is golden on the outside and nice and gooey on the inside.  It’s rare that I actually reach this stage because usually my marshmallow is engulfed by the flames or falls into the coals/logs before I realize what’s happening.  But, it’s never too late to brush up on your s’mores making skills.  You never know where or when it will come in handy.  We even found ourselves making s’mores at a ranch in Hawaii, at a beach bonfire (classic) and I have even heard of couples that offer the complete s’mores experience for their wedding dessert.  This would indeed be adorable if the wedding is hosted outside or in the woods.

 Here is a simply adorable wedding website that provided ideas for a complete s’mores bar where guests could create their own.  She also provides a few recipes and gift bags for your viewing or pinning pleasure.Here is another website with tips for making your wedding/party s’mores bar a success.

S’mores Bar #1
S’mores Bar #2

Ok, so fun fact. Did you know s’mores were first mentioned in the Girl Scout Handbook in 1927? Take that Girl Scout haters.  We may not do everything that Boy Scouts do, but as the recipient of the Gold Award, I can say that I learned one or two skills over the years. J It really is such a simple dessert – simply place a marshmallow on a stick or wire, hold and turn it over the campfire until the exterior reaches a golden brown color and it feels soft to the touch.  Then place your marshmallow(s) on a prepared graham cracker and block of chocolate and ENJOY.  Each person seems to prefer their marshmallows at different consistencies.  However, the ultimate one is warm enough to melt the chocolate and create a gooey treat.


Caramel Apple S’mores

Peeps S’mores

Here some other takes on the recipe that I never even considered.  I’m heard you have seen food trucks (The Munchie Machine) or restaurants (Mix and Munch and Peanut Butter Co.) that offer sweet s’mores sandwiches, or s’mores ice cream (really Rocky Road…) but many of these are just as simple and might offer a unique spin to the normally chocolaty snack.

Strawberry Shortcake – shortbread cookie with strawberries (fresh or jam…tastier if fresh)
Breakfast Biscuit/PB&J – Biscuit, Jam, marshmallows, PB optional
Ginger – Ginger cookies/biscuits, chocolate w/ a ginger taste or chopped crystalized ginger atop your chocolate/marshmallow
Fluffernutter – Graham cracker w/ peanut butter (or peanut butter cup), roasted banana, and marshmallow
Grasshopper – graham crackers, Andes mints, marshmallow
Mexican – graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg
Tropical Coconut – Orange Flavored thins, Mounds Dark Chocolate (easy route out…mix your own coconut and chocolate for the same effect), and marshmallows
S’more Gorp (In Camping Fashion) – honey graham cereal, mini marshmallows, peanuts, chocolate chips, raisans
EXTRAS: sprinkles, jams/butters/nutella, Peeps (all holidays), fruit, nuts, seriously…I could go on.

Some of my friends like to call it “schmores,” which I have no clue where they picked that up, but it drives me wild.  So really, now that I have provided you with countless mouthwatering pictures and delicious recipes, there is no excuse not to enjoy s’mores year round!  And delicious enough that you might not want to stop after your first bite.  Go ahead, have s’more (terrible…I know, but it had to be done).

I apologize that this post comes a little late, but you can relive the s’more greatness on August 30th, which is considered National Marshmallow Roasting Day!

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2 thoughts on “Marshmallow, graham cracker and chocolate OH MY!

    • I definitely have resorted to that! I also decided it would be fun to use my Easter peeps as s’mores additions in my college dorm room. Quite a success I think 🙂

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