Gooey s'mores assembled fireside are near unbeatable, but for those times when a campfire or fireplace is out of reach, these s'mores-inspired treats will fill the void, and then some. We've rounded up a baker's dozen of stellar alternatives, from rich chocolate cheesecake squares topped with toasted marshmallows to creamy s'mores milkshakes, and even pancakes modeled after the summertime treat. Click through, choose your treat of choice, and enjoy!
The change of seasons may bring to mind shorter hemlines and a rededication to the gym, but it also means that the opportunity to indulge in a favorite balmy-weather treat — s'mores — is just around the corner. Sadly, it's not quite prime bonfire and grilling weather yet, even in Northern California, so I've come up with a fix to tide us over till then: a s'mores-inspired snack (OK, dessert) mix.
Now, I'd like to take credit for this rather clever idea, but that would be disingenuous; inspiration first struck after tasting a sample of Mama Mellace S'mores Snack Mix at the Fancy Food Show. Tasty, but a hair too sweet, and lacking the salty-sweet punch I so crave, this snack mix was on the right track but not quite as delightful as it could be. So, like any good test cook, I set out to re-create it the way my taste buds intended.
Part of the allure of camping with kids is the magical time in the evening when everyone is getting along, enjoying a warm fire, and toasting up marshmallows. Suddenly, the family is a whole unit, anyone around the fire is a part of a community of marshmallow burners, and the kids aren't making any noise because they're enjoying a gooey treat they made all by themselves.
The s'more has become such a beloved family tradition that we crave them even when it's too rainy or cold to have a campfire. Though microwavable s'mores are a quick go-to, moms have come up with many more ways to enjoy the s'more flavor in any season — from ice cream to popcorn, and even parfait. Click through to get inspired for your own winter s'mores fest!
This week I'm celebrating the waning days of Summer with a Mexican-inspired menu for my campfire fiesta. But I know that if I don't serve s'mores, there may be a wilderness mutiny. So I'm bringing along milk chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers to make the traditional fireside treat.
But I also want something special to kick the s'mores concept up a notch, so I'll use the same marshmallows and chocolate as filling for easy cream puffs. Baked in foil, these gooey goodies are made from buttery biscuit dough that's dusted with cinnamon and sugar. They're even better with high-quality milk chocolate, so be sure to splurge on the fancy stuff. To get the recipe, read more
I think it's safe to assume that North is getting used to being spoiled, with all the samples he's getting lately from office pal, Angelica – ordering these tasty treats now would be yum overload! These scrumptious looking s'mores are not only pet safe, but they were made for your hungry pup! Carob and yogurt are sandwiched between peanut buttery "cookies" to form the most incredibly delicious dog treats I think I've ever seen! No kidding, I'm about to go to the corner market right this minute and grab some graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows to satisfy my craving! Not only do they bake s'more goodness, but their Peanut Butter Bones look awfully good too!
Etsy treat master Make Your Dog Smile certainly will live up to its name when they ship these perfect PB squares to your door for $5 bucks a trio. I can't imagine North's face if he spotted these super yums – maybe for his birthday next month?
- From simple to sophisticated, here are a load of super sweet Valentine's Day treats. — Hostess with the Mostess
- S'mores shouldn't be restricted to summer months, and now you can make your own Whole Wheat S'more Cookies. — Serious Eats
- Williams-Sonoma has updated their website to include tips like how to cook for a crowd. — Williams-Sonoma
- Grab a healthy lunch idea with Chickpea, Tomato and Feta Salad. — FitSugar
- Both Thomas Keller and Michael Chiarello's new restaurants were on the agenda at the last Yountville Town Council meeting. — SF Eater
- Need some help in the kitchen? Here are 10 pieces of equipment to help you out. — iVillage
- What exactly is Dutch Process Chocolate? — The Kitchn
- Is there a difference between brown and white eggs? — Chow
- Can't wait for Girl Scout season? Try making your own homemade Samoas. — Baking Bites
If you haven't had the chance to get away for a weekend of camping, now is your chance. Most campgrounds require that you call ahead to reserve a campsite, so make your reservations now. Ask friends where they've camped to get recommendations. I love to get sites that are right on the water, so when you wake up in the morning you can take a quick dip.
Planning ahead for your trip will ensure that you don't forget anything. Make a list and be sure to get all your gear ahead of time. Pack for all kinds of weather, not just the weather you're hoping for. Also remember that you're in the woods, which means it may be a bit colder and much buggier, so don't forget the jeans, sweatshirt and bug spray. Also, don't forget the ingredients to make S'mores!
Here's what I like to pack:
Today is National S'mores Day and while you could easily whip up a batch by going for the standard graham crackers, Hershey's bar and jet-puff marshmallows, why not treat yourself to something a little more decadent? Recchiuti Chocolates of San Francisco is offering a deluxe S'more's Kit for you to savor. The eight serving kit comes complete with handmade vanilla bean marshmallows, delicious Recchiuti Grahams and a wonderfully bittersweet (85%) chocolate bar. The kit will cost you $22, but National S'mores Day only comes once a year, and besides you're worth it, right?