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Summer Sweets: S’mores!

July 12, 2011, 09:52 am  Posted by Lark
 

Okay, here’s a fun game: when I say “go,” start listing all the things that make you think of summery dessert goodness. Ready? Go.

If, like me, your mind raced to campfires and ooey gooey marshmallowy-chocolatey wonderfulness, then you’ll completely understand why this blog post makes my heart flutter.

photo of a nighttime beach campfireI grew up spending my summers in northern Michigan, smack dab in a land ‘o lakes (and, subsequently, a land o’ lakeside beach campfires). I’m of the fervent belief that there’s no lovelier way to watch the sun go down than to be gathered round a stone-lined beach fire on the shores of Lake Michigan (cue the sighs) with some sort of tasty morsel cooking over the hot embers. And by tasty morsel, I mean s’mores. Lots of them.

[*campfire photo by Gregwar]

Please tell me you know what s’mores are. If you don’t know (and no offense is meant here), your childhood and entire life up until this very moment is lacking a critical, foundational element.

photo of a s'more sandwich Here’s the breakdown. S’mores involve three basic things: a marshmallow toasted over an open fire; a slab of chocolate to snuggle up against the toasty marshmallow; and two crispy graham crackers to sandwich around the goldeny, melty, drippy, your-hair-WILL-fly-into-it s’more center. This is the old school version. Plain and simple, yet sophisticated in its time-honored longevity.

But the old school s’more is enjoying a come-back, y’all. Big time. And by come-back I mean fancy-pants awesomeness. Below you’ll find a small yet holy-cow delicious collection of ways people have been transforming s’mores into new and luscious hybridized decadence. Trust me, you’ll want to have a snack handy while reading this post. [*s'more photo by sanchom]

Thank you to the incredibly clever, talented, and inspired people who created the desserts below—if I could, I’d make a pilgrimage to each of your kitchens.

s'mores ice cream sandwichesS’mores Cupcake Ice Cream Sandwiches,  from: 52 Kitchen Adventures

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S’mores Cake in a Jar,  from: How Sweet it is

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S’mores Pudding,  from: Annie’s Eats

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S’mores Cakelettes,  from: desserts for breakfast

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S’mores  Bread Pudding,  from: Culinary Concoctions by PeaBody

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S’mores Chocolate Pots,  from: raspberri cupcakes

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S’mores Milkshake,  from: the Diva Dish

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S’mores Cake,  from: Heather Christo Cooks

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Chunky S’mores Dipped Cupcakes,  from: Snappy Gourmet

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S’mores Pie,  from: Just a Taste

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S’mores Whoopie Pies,  from: My Baking Addiction

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S’mores Cupcakes,  from: 6 Bittersweets

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S’mores Nut Bars,  from: Brown Eyed Baker

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S’mores Cookie Bars,  from: What’s Cookin, Chicago?

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[yum yum yum]

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[A quick sidenote: do you remember the movie “The Sandlot”? You do? Cool. Then you’ll appreciate this small quote section:

Ham:  “Hey Smalls, you wanna s’more?”

Smalls:  “Some more of what?”

Ham:  “No, do you wanna s’more?”

Smalls:  “I haven’t had anything yet, so how can I have some more of nothing?”

Ham:  “You’re killing me, Smalls.”

 
 
 
 

11 Responses

    Chris & Skip says:

    Yea! Had never stopped to consider the many s’more possibilities! Love the mason jar s’mores and the S’mores Pie just went to our recipes-to-make bookmark folder. It’s a winner!!!

    Lindsay says:

    I wonder if a kitchen blowtorch like you’d use on creme brûlée would work to get that roasted marshmallow goldeny-ness out of some marshmallow fluff atop a chocolate-peanut butter cupcake? I’ll have to check out the links to see if that’s how they did it!

    Chandra says:

    You missed one!  Smores Pie!!
    http://cookiesandcups.blogspot.com/2011/06/big-girl-smores-pie.html
    My husband banned me from making it again because he couldn’t stop eating it.

    bridget says:

    Oh my GOODNESS!!!  Those all look AH-mazing!  I’m so hungry right now….and guess what?  I have chocolate, marshmallows and grahams in my pantry! Yay!

    Beth says:

    hi Lindsay–I COMPLETELY support any and all s’mores experiments :) I’ll bet that kitchen torch does a wonderful job.

    Beth says:

    oh. my. sweet. heavens. This looks incredible, Chandra!! I can see why your husband couldn’t stop eating this amazing pie :)

    Holstefamily says:

    Oh my gosh!  How do I decide which smores recipe to try first! Was getting ready to go to the store any way, now I have to add a couple more things to my list!  Oh, and I loved the quotes from “The Sand Lot”!  That is one of my daughters’ and my favorite movies and a favorite to watch together!  Gonna have to pick one of these to try and watch the movie while devouring them! Sounds like a perfect Friday night to me!!

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