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S'more Ideas to Make Memories in the New Year

Warming up around a campfire to roast marshmallows for s'mores is a great way to spend time with family and friends.
Donna Erickson, December 2017

The art of the roast is simple. Put a marshmallow on a stick and rotate slowly over coals just long enough to turn the white outside a toasty golden brown. But as all experienced marshmallow roasters know, one second too long and the luscious, caramelized crisp instantly turns charcoal black. Patience is key, a good lesson for rookie roasters of any age.

Warming up around a campfire, fire pit or grill to roast marshmallows for tasty s'mores is a great way to begin the practice of doing simple things that make big memories with family and friends in 2018. Plan the get-together soon, with a challenge to create a new recipe. To get you started, here are some tasty twists and combinations:

• Peanut Butter S'mores: Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on half of a graham cracker, and top with a piece of milk chocolate, a toasted marshmallow and the other half of the graham cracker. Optional, try adding banana slices.

• Apricot Coconut S'mores: Spread a thick layer of apricot jam on half of a cinnamon graham cracker, and top with half of a milk chocolate bar. Sprinkle on some toasted coconut and top with another piece of milk chocolate, a toasted marshmallow and half of another cinnamon graham cracker.

• Black Forest S'mores: Spread a thin layer of cherry pie filling on half of a chocolate graham cracker topped with a piece of dark chocolate.

• Indoor S'mores: On a small saucer, place a piece of milk chocolate on top of one half of a graham cracker. Add one large marshmallow or several mini marshmallows. Cook in microwave on high for about 10-15 seconds, or until marshmallows puff and grow.

An adult should remove the plate from the microwave, top with the other half of the graham cracker and gently press down on the gooey marshmallow. Let cool a bit so the snack isn't too hot.

Note: If you don't have a microwave, a toaster oven works fine, too. Cook the layered cracker, chocolate and marshmallow on the tray at 350 degrees until the marshmallow begins to brown. Remove and top with other cracker half. Six s'mores fit on most trays.


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