National S'Mores Day was last week, and it got us thinking - how simple and wonderful are these little treats? Is there a more perfect union of junk food quite like s'mores?
We're a couple months into summer now, so we're sure a lot of s'mores imbibing has already gone down 'round the campfire. Sure, the formula is tried and true but a little experimentation never hurt anyone - here are our five absolute favorite variations of the all American classic.
Put a Peanut Butter Cup In It!
Who would have thought popping in a Reese's Cup could be such a game changer? The mix of marshmallow, chocolate and peanut butter is sublime and sure to hit just the spot after a long day of swimming, hiking and spelunking.
Try a Ghirardelli Caramel Square!
Up the ante by slipping a Ghirardelli chocolate square in between your graham crackers. The caramel-marshmallow-chocolate combo is unstoppable. Make sure to have napkins ready though, this one could get messy. The only hard part is trying not to eat the bag before getting the fire going.
Spice It Up!
Serious Eats recommends throwing cayenne and ancho into the mix for a unique spin on a tried and true classic. Spice fiends, this one is just for you. We'll try anything once. Think of it as an Aztec-style s'more.
Throw In Some Fruit!
Color us intrigued - courtesy of The Kitchn, we tried out the strawberry and banana addition to the classic formula and were smitten. In fact, we wonder how white chocolate might fare in this scenario. We'll have to report back.
How About Some Citrus!
For a tasty take on lemon meringue, you have to try smearing some lemon curd on your crackers before plopping on that fluffy, pillowy marshmallow. Trader Joe's makes an excellent lemon curd that will set you back just $3. Sweet and just a teeny bit tart, you'll be hooked after one bite.