The S’more: A Fireside Classic, Re-born

You know that smell that officially means its sweet summertime?

Ahh…you know what I’m talking about; that smoky, story-filled aroma that wafts along dirt roads and quiet lakes. It’s the one that brings back nostalgic memories of growing up at the cottage and hearing your first ghost story. Oh yeah, it’s the campfire.

And what better way to ring in the best pastime of the summer, than to welcome it with the oogey, gooey goodness of the simple s’more? Graham crackers, puffy white marshmallows and rich chocolate all blended into one messy, melting masterpiece. But why stop there?

Tantalize your fireside friends with ingredients they’ve never built with before. Start some new traditions with these creative s’more sensations.

  1. The Smoke Showbacon-smores

Craving breakfast at 10pm? No problem. This s’more is definitely for you. You will need:

  • A dollop of peanut butter
  • 2 graham crackers
  • 1 giant marshmallow
  • 1 or 2 pieces of smoked, crispy bacon

Trust me on this one. The hot marshmallow will melt the peanut butter into a creamy sauce, and the bacon will add a salty shock. The marshmallow is the perfect buffer for the two flavors, and the graham cracker will keep the crunch.

Tips: You can crisp up everyone’s bacon to their liking with a cast iron grill over the fire. You can also give the peanut butter a head start by throwing a few cups into a microwave-safe container and heating it up a bit before-hand. This way, those who prefer a less toasty marshmallow can still get the effect.

 

  1. The Fire Funnel

IMG_3108Let’s get creative; substitute your graham crackers for something different! And while you’re at it, get some of those important vitamins by adding fruit into the mix! You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of crushed strawberries
  • 1 large marshmallow
  • A dollop whipped cream
  • Chocolate Sauce (no limit to chocolate sauce…ever)
  • 2 waffle or eggo pieces broken into quarters

Warm up some waffles or eggos; you can use your cast iron grill for this! Keep them on the grill until their nice and toasted; a little crisp is good! Slide in your gooey marshmallow and drizzle it in your crushed berries and chocolate sauce. The outside is reserved for a dollop of fresh whipped cream to add a finishing touch. (You don’t need to add all of these ingredients, but if you want to keep the spooky stories going, it’s a good idea).

Tip: Keep your prep station clear and your berries in an air-tight container.  I know we’re going for the whole kumbaya thing here but let’s face it-bugs.

 

  1. Grown Up? S’mown Up lemon-meringue-pie-smores-10

Ahh the S’mown: the s’more for grown-ups. I am not falling for the whole “too grown up” for s’mores. You guys know building a s’more is a chef’s architectural dream right? Maybe you’re not a kid anymore…but that doesn’t mean your taste buds have to lose the sweet taste of smoky sweetness before bed. Here’s an idea:

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons of white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut shavings
  • 1 dollop of lemon curd
  • 1 large marshmallow
  • 2 biscuits

This s’more is nothing short of ma-too-er.

Whisk your egg white until slightly foamy; add in your sugar slowly while continuing to whisk, until you can make small peaks with the mixture. To serve a larger group, use 4 egg whites and 6 tablespoons of sugar.

Drizzle the lemon curd on the base biscuit. Slide on your well-toasted marshmallow, and a dollop of your meringue. Top it all off with a sprinkle of coconut and your top biscuit. Voila. Welcome back to the circle!

 

  1. You can do this with anything

Let’s be serious. You’re not at a campfire to be clean. Choose whatever ingredients your campers love, and make your s’mores as ridiculous as you want! (It’s also probably dark out…being messy isn’t a thing in the dark. Neither is eating your s’more/s’mown politely).

Tips: You can make your s’more process even easier with a s’more maker, which holds multiple s’mores in a closed in, cast-iron holder. This way, you can melt all of your ingredients simultaneously! There are also s’more holders, which keep all of your choice ingredients neatly in their own spaces.

Your s’mores will be the talk of twilight. Turn off all of the devices, and let the fire light up the conversation.full_size

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