S'more, S'more, S'more

Monday, August 10, 2009

I’m a sucker for wacky holidays and today it’s a good one. August 10th is National S’mores Day.

I love the ooey gooey goodness of S’mores. In fact, my Santa Claus bought me my own in-house S’mores kit for Christmas. There’s just something about the combination of graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow that I obsess.

As people throw back to classic comfort food favorites, I’ve been seeing a lot of creative S’mores recipes. Here are some of my favorites.

Family Fun suggests replacing the traditional piece of Hershey’s chocolate with a mint-flavored piece of candy (Andes Candies).

Now this is an interesting twist. Lisa Adams, the author of S’mores: Gourmet treats for Every Occasion dares fans to replace graham crackers with chocolate chip cookies. Yummmmm. The picture to the right is a recipe from Paula Deen includes bananas. There is also a version of this floating around the ‘net using Oreo cookies.

Around Easter, there is some blogger hype over Peeps S’mores. This concept is easy. Substitute a Peep for the traditional marshmallow. Something about this version saddens me.

There is always the ever delicious s’mores cupcake. Cupcakes Take the Cake has a full recipe

I also love the idea of making a s’more party favor. In a small, cellophane bag, include the traditional s’more ingredients - two graham crackers, a marshmallow and a piece of chocolate. Tie the bag with a cute ribbon and tag!

Speaking of getting crafty, I also love this idea from Martha to make your own s'mores sticks/wands.
As summer comes to an end, do you best to make yourself some s’mores or take the ingredients to a party – it’s a guaranteed hit!

(Photos: CountryLiving.com, FoodNetwork.com & Simply Divine Events)