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S’mores: The Official Dessert of Tailgating

Gooey toasted marshmallows paired with milk chocolate and graham cracker is one of my top 5 favorite desserts.

One of my alltime favorite desserts is S’mores. My first memory of making smores was when I was a brownie (like a junior girl scout) and we made them on a camping trip. According to wikipedia, the first recipe for a s’more was documented in a 1927 GirlScout cookbook, so that would make sense!

Camping, in my mind, is just another form of tailgating, and this is a perfect treat to make when you’ve already got a hot grill from earlier goodies. After the grill has cooled down a bit to less flame and more hot coals, it is perfect marshamallow roasting time!

The 3 key ingredients for s’mores are:

  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars
  • Graham Crackers
  • A bag of large marshmallows (you need large ones for roasting over the flame, small won’t skewer)

Take BBQ skewers and put marsmallows up 3/4 of the way, arranged so that all marshmallows can reach the heat. Grill until nice and golden brown. I often get my marshmallows close to the fire and they will catch on fire and then I blow them out and they are still perfectly fine for making a s’more. Ever the perfectionist, my husband said this was “amateur hour” as far as marshmallow roasting goes, but I like a little char on mine (as evident by the photos).

Beautiful golden brown grilled marshmallows. YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.....!

Some nice additions to a s’more:

  • toasted coconut (see my first foray into blogging about s’mores here: toasted coconut smores on graham crackers)
  • peanut butter or peanut butter chips
  • granola pieces (for crunch)
  • toffee or caramel
  • Nutella!!! (need I say more)
  • blueberry or raspberry preserves

For a nice variation of the average smore, you could take a candy bar and cut it into pieces, and then add the bar pieces to the skewer interchanged with the marshmallows. Grill until slightly charred/melted. Put the whole concoction between two pieces of graham cracker and you have one, ooey-gooey mess of perfection.

ershey’s has declared the s’more the official dessert of tailgating and I agree- how do you like yours s’more?

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2 Responses to S’mores: The Official Dessert of Tailgating

  1. Chris November 1, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    I like my marshmallows almost burned all the way around, those are the best.


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