Friday, June 12, 2015

10 Minute Creative Campfire S'mores - you gotta try these!

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The freedom of Summer is such a special thing to enjoy, and I love that I get to be at home to celebrate it with my family. Henry just finished up his first year of preschool yesterday, and Luke has less than 2 weeks to go in Kindergarten. We're at that awkward point of June where school feels like it's getting in the way - - know what I mean? We just want to play outside, blow bubbles, ride bikes, make S'mores, and stay up late watching movies!


So we're doing little things. Taking some fun weekend trips (to "the lake", camping), and fitting some backyard camp fires into our rare, slower evenings. We are so lucky to have a built-in fire pit in our backyard (not gonna lie, it was a selling point for this house!), and we get A LOT of use out of it in the warmer months. Making use of our fire pit creates some easy, special Summer memories!


And you know what my boys say at the start of every fire? "Let's make S'mores!"  Of course. ;)

We always have the three main ingredients for s'mores on hand - Hershey's Milk Chocolate bars, Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares and Kraft's Jet Puffed Marshmallows. Walmart made it super convenient for me to stock up on them recently by setting them up right near the store entrance, exhibit A:


And also creating an entire aisle of them...exhibit B:


So, armed with my fresh supplies last week, I decided to make them for dessert at one of our after-dinner campfires. I played around a little with ingredients we could add to make our evening S'mores even more special, and I came up with two seriously delicious recipes. Luke helped me put them together (and taste test them), and I think we both surprised ourselves.

You HAVE to try these! They all take less than 10 minutes to throw together, and you won't believe how good a s'more can be! Let me know if you try these, and if so, which one you like the best!

Creative Campfire S'mores - 3 Ways!

Traditional Recipe
2 Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares
3 Pieces of a Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar (or however many YOU like!)
1 Kraft's Jet Puffed Marshmallow

1. I always find it easiest to set up the graham crackers & chocolate before I start roasting my marshmallow so it's all ready to go, so place your chocolate pieces on one graham cracker square and set the other aside.
2. Grab a stick, and roast that marshmallow on the campfire!
3. Set the marshmallow ontop of the chocolate and place the other graham cracker on top, using it to sandwich the marshmallow and slide it off your roasting stick.
4. Squish it down, wait for it to melt - and enjoy!


Cookies & Cream S'mores

2 Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares
1 Piece of a Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar
2 Pieces of  a Hershey's Cookies and Cream Bar
1 Kraft's Jet Puffed Marsbmallow
1-2 Oreo Cookie(s), crushed

1. In a baggie, crush your cookie(s) until they are small crumbs. Poor onto a plate to make them easier to use.
2. Follow the Traditional Recipe instructions, replacing 2 of the milk chocolate pieces with 2 cookies and cream pieces.
3. After smushing your s'more together, roll the edges of your sticky marshmallow in the oreo crumbs.





Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake S'mores

2 Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares
3 Pieces of a Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar
1 Kraft's Jet Puffed Marsmallow
1 Medium Strawberry
1oz Kraft's Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 Tbspn powdered sugar


1. Mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar together in a small dish, and set aside.
2. After washing, slice the strawberry into 3-4 thin slices, set aside.
3. Spread as much of the cream cheese mixture as you'd like onto both pieces of graham crackers.
4. Place the strawberries ontop of the cream cheese mixture on one piece of graham cracker, and layer the chocolate pieces ontop of them.
5. Roast your marshmallow!
6. Place your roasted marshmallow in the smore with the other graham cracker on top and squish it down! Beware - you will LOVE this so much, and likely want many more of them ;)

And don't worry - if you don't have the time or space for a campfire, that's okay! You don't always need a campfire to make S'mores! You can make them on the grill (assemble them uncooked, wrap them in foil, and place them on the grates until everything melts), or even in the oven! On rainy days, or even just when we're dying for a s'more, my kids and I will cook them on cookie sheets, and if you use the broiler, you can even get your marshmallows toasted. SO yummy!

Enjoy, and Happy Summer!!!

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