I am relieved and ecstatic and grateful to know…
that those delightful campfire treats called S’mores can be made up of more ingredients than we can imagine!
S’mores creations don’t have to be confined to graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow concoctions. Graham crackers can be those thin pretzel crackers, instead. The graham crackers can be chocolate ones, instead of plain; or cinnamon graham crackers, I assume! If you don’t like the crackers, or pretzel, choices, you can use some of those instantly toastable waffle squares. How about — yum! — rice cakes as top and bottom holders?
Additionally, I’m thankful to know this: S’mores don’t have to be limited to campfire goodies. You can sear marshmallows and other ingredients in your oven, or a non-stick pan. (Beware, though, that the non-stick variety of pan is important!)
There’s a S’more called “The Grasshopper” that involves mint leaves and mint chocolate as ingredients. How about that “La Mexicana”? It’s got red chili peppers in the center.
You could make “The Elvis”: use a large Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, or two small ones, even, for your chocolate ingredient, and top it with a sliced banana and more peanut butter in the middle.
Hey, throw in some bacon on one of your S’more experiments! Maybe, sweeten things with a melon slice!
What a treat — use a natural ingredient from the national park you’re visiting to create a specific park S’more!
I never made S’mores indoors, to tell you the truth, so my imagination always has been stuck on a traditional campfire S’more of graham crackers, burnt marshmallow — yeah, always burnt! — and slabs of Hersey chocolate bars.
I’m so grateful today to know I can create my own kind of S’more, as long as I don’t completely stray away from the base ingredients — top/bottom choice, marshmallow, and chocolate.
(BONUS Trivia: Which national park holds more species of trees than can be found in Europe?
ANSWER: Great Smoky Mountains National Park!)
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