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Today's Snackshot is of a s'more. This classic dessert is a reminder of childhood summers. It inspired the classic line from The Sandlot, "You're killin' me Smalls!" With the weather cooling down, now is a good time to host a campfire party in your backyard. A must: graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate. We all know they're best when you let the marshmallow burn a little bit before making the s'more.
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National S’mores Day Recipes
Have you had s’mores yet this season? Did you know that August 10 is National S’mores Day? It’s true! I can’t think of a dessert more worthy of a day of celebration in the summer.
For me s’mores conjure up great memories of beach vacations, warm-yet-starting-to-cool August nights, and delicious experiments with s’mores. Over the years my family moved from the standard combination of graham crackers, milk chocolate, and marshmallows to incorporating variations on the typical ingredients. We might use a cinnamon or chocolate graham cracker or try different chocolate elements (dark chocolate, chocolate with raisins or caramel, peanut butter cups) or even add grilled fruit. With all the great variations on marshmallows available now–like the creative offerings from my local confectioner, Sweet Lydia’s— I would love to try experimenting with different flavors for this element.
If outdoor s’mores aren’t in your future, there are even recipes for those of us who are without access to a grill. If basic s’mores aren’t quite your thing, there are a lot of great recipes from bloggers combining the basic elements into other formats like cookies, truffles, or cake. Really, with such great flavors, you can’t go wrong.
In celebration of National S’mores Day we’ve put together ten spins on the campfire classic. You’ll definitely want s’more.
If you love strawberry shortcake, you will love this fruit-forward s'mores recipe. To start, macerate any of your favorite berries like strawberries, raspberries or blueberries by sprinkling sugar over them and allow the juices and flavors to develop. Try a gourmet strawberry marshmallow and strawberry-and-creme flavored chocolate. For the cookie, try shortbreads! They are technically biscuits in cookie form.
This may be the most decadent s’more to ever grace the world. We are talking brown sugar-candied bacon on top of gourmet salted caramel marshmallows, smoked salt chocolate and chocolate-flavored graham crackers. The saltiness of the bacon and salted caramel marshmallow is a wonderful balance to the sweetness from this s'more. And it’s pretty irresistible!
How to make smores in the microwave is so easy and can be ready in about 2 minutes!
- On a microwave safe plate, place one square of the graham cracker.
- Top graham cracker square with the chocolate. Place marshmallow on top.
- Microwave on high for 15 seconds, or just until marshmallow starts to puff. Do not overcook or marshmallow will explode!
- Remove from microwave and place other graham cracker square on top. Push down lightly. Serve immediately.
Nutrition information is estimated. Changes to the recipe and use of different brands may cause changes to the nutritional information to vary slightly from the ones provided here.
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Can You Make S’mores In The Microwave Without Marshmallows?
YES! You can substitute marshmallow cream (or marshmallow fluff) instead of marshmallows.
For our indoor smores recipe, we also decided to try a recipe without marshmallows and making our smores without chocolate bars.
ALTERNATIVE S’MORES RECIPE
What can be used instead of marshmallows?
Instead of marshmallows for your s’mores recipe, you can use marshmallow cream. Spread half of a graham cracker square generously with marshmallow cream. Microwave on high for 10-15 seconds (just enough to warm). Remove from microwave, drizzle with chocolate syrup, and place other marshmallow square on top. Serve!
My daughter actually liked these cheater microwave smores as much as the regular ones! (And, the chocolate syrup is a great (yummy) backup if you’re out of chocolate bars!
If your kids want to learn how to make indoor s’mores, this is great alternative.
What can I substitute for graham crackers in S mores?
You can substitute almost anything for graham crackers in your s’mores.
Play around with your smores recipes and see what else you like instead of graham crackers!
National S'Mores Day 2020 Deals and Recipes
National S'mores Day is on August 10, 2020&mdash24 hours dedicated to a treat that delights many Americans on their camping trips.
According to Hershey's, nearly 90 percent of Americans have had a s'more. Americans buy 90 million pounds of marshmallows every year. As told to Newsweek by the chocolate company, s'mores were named right by the campfire when young children chanted "gimme some more", which came together to sound like "s'more". The first recipe was published in a 1927 Girls Scouts book.
The town of Morrisville, North Carolina, loves the day so much that it has changed its name to S'Morrisville to commemorate the holiday&mdashthis will be the fourth year it has done so. Many brands will also release limited edition products, including Jelly Beans Candy Company.
To help people across the country celebrate s'mores, Newsweek has brought together deals and freebies that don't require a camping trip. Don't miss out&mdashsome of these start during the weekend.
National S'more Day 2020 Deals
Stuffed Puffs: The chocolate-filled marshmallow brand is celebrating big this year on August 10 and the company told Newsweek what Americans can do to get their hands on the yummy treat:
- Nationwide: Stuffed Puffs will be running a social giveaway on Instagram (@stuffedpuffs), where users can win 30 free bags of Stuffed Puffs. To continue the celebration, fans can use code BETTERSMORES20 on stuffedpuffs.com for 20 percent off all products from August 7 to 10.
- New York City: Stuffed Puffs is partnering with ice cream shop New Territories NYC with a co-branded Stuffed Puffs S'mores Milkshake. For one-day-only, fans will have a chance to try a special dessert made by the dessert retailer for free, while supplies last. A graham cracker shake blended with brownies, Stuffed Puffs marshmallows and chocolate chips and topped with fudge, chocolate sprinkles and a Stuffed Puffs S'more. Fans must RSVP here.
Insomnia Cookies: On National S'mores Day, customers can add a free deluxe s'mores cookie to their cart if they have the promo code via the brand Instagram Story scavenger hunt, which is taking place on August 10 in the morning.
Girl Scouts Cookies: According to WKBW, the Girl Scouts of Western New York is giving away a free package of Girl Scout cookies with any purchase made at one of its shops. Curbside pickup is available and the offer will run between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET, on August 10, 2020.
The following locations will honor the offer:
- Buffalo Service Center, 3332 Walden Ave., Suite 106, Depew, NY 14043
- Jamestown Service Center, 2661 Horton Rd., Jamestown, NY 14701
- Lockport Service Center, 5000 Cambria Rd., Lockport, NY 14094
- Rochester Service Center, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Door 9, Rochester, NY 14620
National S'more Day Recipes
If you don't want to venture out or want to get creative in the kitchen, Frank Majowicz, executive chef at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, shares his top tips and recipes for creating the tasty treat at home.
You'll be wanting s'more once you've finished creating these beauties.
Frank Majowicz's Top Tips
If you don't have access to a campfire set-up, there are several easy ways to roast a marshmallow at home. You can get creative by using a cooking torch, or by broiling marshmallows on a baking sheet until the top side is golden brown, and then flipping each marshmallow and repeating.
In addition to the traditional ingredients of graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows, have some fun and get creative with additional toppings and recipe variations. I've tried s'mores recipes with everything from peanut butter to brownie chunks, and each unique recipe is delicious in its own right.
Chocolate Chip Cookie S'mores
- 2 chocolate chip cookies
- 1 roasted marshmallow
- 4 pieces of a Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar
- Roast a marshmallow over a fire or in the broiler until its golden brown.
- Place the Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar and the roasted marshmallow between two home-made or store-bought chocolate chip cookies.
- Don't wait a second longer and eat it up.
Reese's Banana S'mores
- Graham crackers
- 1 roasted marshmallow
- 1 original-sized Reese's peanut butter cup
- Sliced bananas
- Roast a marshmallow over a fire or in the broiler until its golden brown.
- Place the Reese's, sliced bananas, and marshmallow between two graham crackers.
- You still here? Gobble it up!
- Melted Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar
- 1 roasted marshmallow
- Crushed graham crackers
- In a small stovetop pot, melt the Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar on low heat.
- While the chocolate is melting, roast a marshmallow over a fire or in the broiler until its golden brown and crush up the graham crackers into a separate dish.
- Once the marshmallow is roasted, remove it from the fire or stove remove the roasting stick and insert a cake pop or lollipop stick.
- Dip the roasted marshmallow in the melted chocolate until it is fully covered and then roll it in the crushed graham crackers.
- Do not waste another minute and eat it.
- Vanilla ice cream
- Crushed graham crackers
- Marshmallow fluff
- Hot fudge
- Scoop the desired amount of ice cream into a bowl.
- Add a generous amount of the remaining ingredients as ice cream toppings.
- Go to your bedroom, without anyone knowing, and eat it all to yourself.
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Set an oven rack in the lowest position and preheat the broiler.
Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bananas and brown sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the bananas are well coated and tender, about 7 minutes.
Dividing evenly, layer the graham cracker crumbs, bananas, chocolate and marshmallow crème in six 4-ounce glass Mason jars. Make sure the marshmallow is the top layer.
Place the jars on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil them until golden brown on top, about 5 minutes.
- 2 1/2 C graham cracker crumbs
- 3/4 C butter, melted
- 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 C mini marshmallows
- 1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 C broken graham cracker pieces
- 2 (1.55 oz) chocolate bars, broken into pieces
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press mixture into prepared baking dish. Spread sweetened condensed milk over the top.
Sprinkle half of marshmallows, all of the chocolate chips, and graham crackers over the top.
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining marshmallows. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until marshmallows are browned and edges are golden.
Remove from oven to a cooling rack and place chocolate pieces on top. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting into pieces and serving. Bars will still be gooey but will hold together. For best results, allow to cool completely.
- Dessert lovers are drooling over an amateur baker's recipe for s'mores cookies
- Olivia Nash posted photos of the biscuits in a Facebook group on Tuesday
- She made them with sugar, flour, butter, egg, marshmallow and chocolate
- The photos have since been reposted on cookery pages worldwide
Published: 01:06 BST, 16 July 2020 | Updated: 01:44 BST, 16 July 2020
Home cooks can make bakery-style biscuits in their own kitchens by following an amateur chef's remarkably simple recipe for s'mores cookies.
Olivia Nash shared photos of the biscuits stuffed with marshmallows and white and dark chocolate in a cookery group on Facebook on Tuesday.
The baker from Dublin, Ireland, told members how to make their own by mixing 100 grams of brown sugar with 125 grams of unsalted butter, 225 grams of self-raising flour, 200 grams of chocolate, one egg and a tablespoon of vanilla extract.
Chocolate squares and marshmallow are then sandwiched between the dough which is baked for 10 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
Photos of the cookies have been reposted on social media pages worldwide where people are hailing them as 'heavenly' and marvelling at the simplicity of the recipe.
Irish baker Olivia Nash's s'mores cookies, made from sugar, butter, self-raising flour, chocolate, marshmallows and a single egg
The cookies (pictured) are a new take on s'mores, a sweet treat popular in the US made from toasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two digestive biscuits
'Are they as good as they look and as easy to bake as it reads?!' one woman asked.
A second said she saved the recipe for the next time she can find marshmallows in the supermarket, while a third declared: 'Oh my Jesus lord, I need these.'
Others said the cookies were the best thing posted online this year.
Ms Nash's recipe is the latest dessert inspired by s'mores, a sweet treat popular in the US made from toasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two digestive biscuits, that's caught attention on social media.
To magically transform your bacon into a cracker shape, cut each strip in half and press the fatty parts together to form a square. Place the squares in a skillet over medium heat (you may need to work in batches) and use a spatula or a steak weight to press the bacon down as it cooks and fuses into a glassy pane, 3-4 minutes per side.
Combine the chocolate chips, cream, and salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium power for 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the chocolate is just melted and the mixture is combined. Be careful not to overheat the ganache, as it can become grainy.
Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and turn the broiler to its highest setting. Preheat for 5-10 minutes. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Place the marshmallows on the prepared baking sheet. Broil them until they're golden brown on top, about 3 minutes. Keep a close eye on them.
Transfer 12 bacon squares to a serving dish. Top each square with 2 teaspoons of ganache, 1 toasted marshmallow, and another square of bacon. Serve immediately.
S'mores You Can Make in the Microwave
1. Separate graham crackers into two squares and place one half on a paper towel. Add two pieces of the cold chocolate on top of one half of the cracker and set aside. Tip from Carly: "Buy a jumbo hershey bar. If it's regular sized, a co-worker is bound to grab it!"
2. On a separate paper towel, place a marshmallow on top of the other half of the graham cracker. This way, the cracker will act as a buffer so the marshmallow doesn't stick to the paper towel. Heat for 5 seconds until the marshmallow expands. Stop microwave. Marshmallow will deflate. Repeat.
3. Remove paper towel with cracker and marshmallow. Carefully flip the cracker with the melted marshmallow onto the prepped graham cracker with the chocolate, and voila! Office s'mores.