If you have been around a campfire for recreational reasons (assuming you’re not lost and hypothermic) you probably cooked something over the camp fire to enjoy the experience a little more. Hot dogs roasted on the end of a stick are great and taste better than the wieners sold at the baseball stadium. But for the sweet tooth, my Black Diamond helmet goes off to smores!
I realized, once again, how much I appreciate their magical qualities a few weeks ago. That was when I was promoted at work, something I have worked long and hard for. My wife and I celebrated at a local restaurant and started I with a craft brew, which is expected. What was unexpected was that for dessert they offered the chance to make our own smores. They even offered some variations to the choices of chocolate. The slightly browned roasted marshmallows was enough to bring me back to summers in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks.
The lesson from this experience was 1) that smores can evoke memories from camping; 2) that you can make smores on a fondue table stove even if you don’t have a fireplace; and 3) that a number of other chocolate bars work great instead of just the usual one you get in the check out aisle.
While the traditional chocolate bar works well, here are some alternatives to use with the marshmallow and graham crackers:
- Kit Kats
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Lindt Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate
I am sure there are plenty of others, but these are just what my wife and I can vouch for. I hope they send you to back to your mountains!
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2 thoughts on “A Quick Note on Smores”
Adam and I love s’mores, and do them frequently over the sterno we use on our fondue pot. I like mixing things up with the toasted coconut and strawberry flavored marshmallows. Chocolate graham crackers are excellent, too. One of my favorite combos is chocolate grahams, with a plain marshmallow and a few squares of a caramello bar. The caramel melts into the marshmallow and adds a whole new dimension.
I think I might be making some s’mores tonight now that you mention it!
Ah… the caramello bar. Of course! Why didn’t I ever think of that? Brilliant!