The Art of the Perfect Campfire S’more
Of course sticking a marshmallow on the end of a stick, cooking it until it catches fire, blowing it out and stuffing it between two grahams and a piece of chocolate is just fine. I mean, if you’re basic. But we can do better than this. Repeat after me: I am not basic. I am awesome and I am different and I can bring my s’mores up to the next level!
Let’s start with the bookends of the s’more: the grahams. Really, you can’t go wrong with a honey graham cracker, that’s the truth. But what if we kicked it up a notch replacing those honey grahams with chocolate grahams? Incredible. But taking it a step further, what if we threw out the graham altogether and used cookies? Heaven. The great thing about this is that there are hundreds of different cookies you can use: chocolate chip, chocolate fudge, white chocolate macadamia nut, ginger snaps, the list goes on and on. Store bought, my friends, let’s not get crazy.
Now for the mallow itself. Jet Puffed seems to be the classic standard and for good reason. It roasts well, it’s big enough to cover the surface area of the graham, and it’s delicious. If you search the web for homemade marshmallow recipes, you’ll discover you can make them in a myriad of different flavors from lemon lime to raspberry. Depending on the other mix-ins, you might want to switch things up. But always (always) normal mallows are sufficient.
What’s the last basic ingredient for a classic s’more? Hershey’s chocolate bar. Smooth, perfect, and delicious no doubt. But have you tried a peanut butter cup? No pressure here, but it’s pretty fantastic. A cookies and cream chocolate bar is outstanding as is something with caramel. Just like the cookies, the candy bar options are endless. Some may have to be chopped up, but that’s okay because the hot marshmallow will melt the candy bits.
Now here’s where we make things crazy: s’more add-ins. Sweetened coconut can be added between the marshmallow and candy and gives a tropical and sweet addition. Skip the chocolate altogether and swap it for cream cheese and strawberry jam for a spin on cheesecake. Toasted nuts add crunch that is sometimes exactly what dessert is missing (again, add it in between the chocolate and mallow so it doesn’t come tumbling out with the first bite). Cherries can give a tart bite to an overly sweet dessert sandwich and pairs well with chocolate. Actually, lots of fruit pairs well with chocolate: strawberries, pineapples, even raspberries and blackberries. To add an additional layer to this already insane mashup of flavors that you’ve dreamt up, don’t forget about spreads. Things like peanut butter, Nutella, honey, or Biscoff cookie spread.
However you make your perfect s’more, enjoy it outside around a campfire with friends. Laugh and have fun and remember that, really, any s’more is a perfect s’more.
Prasil is a Clarkston mom to six. She survives on stale goldfish crackers, spontaneous adventures, happy hour and Bravo programming. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 208-571-2377