Friday, May 27, 2011

S'mores Memorial Day Round-up: Traditional, Pies, Ice Cream, Cupcake, Brownies & More

Memorial Day weekend--start of summer. I can now wear white! O.K. that goes back to another era, and I recently read an article that said all the rules have changed. Winter white and grilling all year round! Memorial Day weekend is all about grilling and campfires, and what is more memorable than S'mores!

If you're not familiar with s'mores, they're made by sandwiching a toasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate in between two graham crackers.

The name S'mores (alternatively Smores) comes from the two words "some more," because everyone always want s'more. This American treat was developed by the Girl Scouts in the early part of the 20th century, making use of the newly mass-produced marshmallow. Marshmallows were easy to transport, as were candy bars and graham crackers, and the marshmallows could be toasted over a fire to make a fabulous campfire treat in a situation where other types of sweets would have been difficult to come by. Of course, the quality of the chocolate and marshmallow, and even the graham crackers (if you make your own) will vary, but S'mores aren't about haute cuisine, at least not at my house.

I have a Round-Up of S'mores Recipes at the end of this post, but I wanted to post another fun recipe. Maybe you've already tried this on your own. Let's face it, S'mores are pretty versatile!

Wacky Candy Bar S'mores 
In this wacky recipe, you get to add whatever 'extra' candy or candybar you'd like for a gooey delicious barbecue or campfire treat. Everyone can have something different. The aluminum foil 'pocket' keeps the goey-ness inside. Lick the foil at the end. 

Chocolate Graham crackers (you can also use plain or honey grahams)
Milk or Dark chocolate candy bars
Reese's Peanut butter cups
Baby Ruth
Your favorite candy bar
Aluminum foil

Heat up the grill or stoke the campfire. Place a 10" x 12" piece of foil on a flat surface.
Put chocolate graham cracker on foil. Put your favorite candy bar (or candy) on graham cracker then top with marshmallow. Top the whole thing with a chocolate graham cracker (or regular), and wrap loosely in foil.
Put on grill and heat 2 to 3 minutes, or until marshmallow is melted.

And if all this is too messy... I mean isn't that the point, after all?.. Brookstone has a S'mores Maker.
Easily make 6 gooey, delicious s'mores at a time? they're the ultimate after BBQ dessert! S'Mores Maker lets you whip up 6 gooey s'mores on the grill, in your oven or toaster oven. No more dirty campfires or burnt marshmallows! Just stack and lock your s'mores into the sturdy non-stick rack for perfect s'mores in just 5 minutes, indoors or out! Great for parties and family fun nights. Non-stick rack makes cleanup quick and easy. $19.95 
My question, since I haven't bought this, is aren't they still going to drip on the grill and on your hands? Has anyone tried this?

And here's a round-up of S'mores Recipes, including a History of S'mores on National S'mores Day, August 10.  
Original 1927 Girl Scout Recipe
Traditional S'mores on the Grill
S'mores Brownies using a Brownie Mix
Brownie S'mores from Scratch
S'mores Cupcakes
Chocolate Chip Cookie S'mores (2 recipes)
Chewy S'mores Bar Cookies
S'mores Pie 
S'mores Ice Cream Sandwich
S'mores Ice Cream Pie
S'mores in the Microwave


Apron Appeal said...

You left out the the graham cracker and marshmallow recipes. Darn it now I'm going to have to go find that on my own.

Janet Rudolph said...

They're always better when you make your own :-)

vallerose said...

Made many a s'more when I was in the Girl Scouts. Nothing like slightly burnt marshmallow. Makes the whole thing very special.