Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sticky Sweet S'mores Bars...

Sticky Sweet S'mores Bars

Pan-baked S'mores

What’s the one unique treat that conjures up all your best memories about camp and camping? Just the mere mention of S’mores, or any of its ingredients, recalls a great time in the great outdoors. Forget about the poison ivy, the hard mattress, the bee stings, the long hikes, the Snipe hunts. Toasting S’mores over a crackling fire, then biting into this combo of sweet creaminess and crunch erased all the bad memories, and soothed your aching feet and back.

With staying power stronger than its predecessors, the Mallomar or Moon Pie, S’mores, were enjoyed as early as 1927 – by Girl Scouts no less – as mentioned in their handbook,

“Tramping and Trailing.”

Sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker, a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate melt into a gooey mix that won’t be found in any other confection. There are always modifications or suggestions for improvement – add peanut butter, use a cookie, chocolate chips or even nuts - but the original is still the best.

Until now. Did you know that you could microwave S'mores? Have you ever put one in your toaster oven? Better still, are you aware that it's possible to capture their flavor and texture in a bar?

Try these easy peasy recipes and you'll be amazed and have a couple dozen S'mores to share, without a campfire, long before National S'mores Day on August 10th.   

S'mores Bars

You’ll need to butter a 9x13 inch dish; preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

1 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup white sugar
3 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Candy Bars
3 cups miniature marshmallows 

  • In a medium bowl, combine butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs until well coated.
  • Press half of crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Arrange the whole candy bars on top of the crumb mixture, separate the 5th one to fill in.
  • Top with the marshmallows.
  • Dust lightly over the marshmallows with the leftover graham cracker mixture 
  • Bake for 10 minutes, just until marshmallows start to melt.
  • Cool completely before cutting into squares.


For an individual treat:

Microwaved S'mores

Large graham cracker
Hershey's plain milk chocolate bar

Large marshmallow
  • Break the large graham cracker in half.
  • Place one cracker part on a plate and top it with a large marshmallow.
    Microwave on high for 10 to 12 seconds or until the marshmallow doubles in size.
  • Remove the plate from the microwave.
  • Top the hot marshmallow with a square of chocolate.
  • Place the other graham cracker square on top and squeeze down.
Yum. And you have enough ingredients left to make more.

Toasted S'Mores 

Graham cracker
Hershey's plain milk chocolate bar
Large marshmallow
  • Place ½ Graham Cracker on a toaster oven tray.
  • Top with ¼ of a Chocolate Bar and one Marshmallow.
  • Bake 4 to 6 minutes or until marshmallows are puffed and chocolate begins to melt.
  • Cover with remaining ½ cracker.

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