For those of us who could use an unexpected surprise to chase away the winter doldrums, here’s an idea that’s hard to beat. No, it’s not moving to a sunny beach somewhere far away. It’s making mouthwatering s’mores — indoors! Sound impossible? It’s not! Just swap out a classic campfire for your microwave, then grab the ingredients, and you’ll have a finger-licking-good snack for everyone in the family in seconds.
Here’s how to put smiles on everyone’s faces in three easy steps:
- On a small saucer, place a piece of a Hershey’s chocolate bar on top of one half of a graham cracker. Add one large marshmallow, or several mini marshmallows.
- Cook in your 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 cracker half and gently press down on the gooey marshmallow. Let cool a bit so the snack isn’t too hot.
Make several and serve with big glasses of milk. For extra fun, gather everyone around in a circle on sleeping bags, wrap yourselves in blankets, sing your favorite camp songs and tell stories as you savor your treat.
Note: A toaster oven works fine, too. Cook the layered cracker, chocolate and marshmallow on the tray at 350 F until the marshmallow begins to brown. Remove and top with the other cracker half. Six s’mores fit on most trays.
MORE IDEAS: I’ve tweaked the basic recipe with a few variations kids like.
— Substitute a Peppermint Patty or good chocolate syrup drizzled over the marshmallow for the chocolate bar.
— For a surprise taste, spread a thin layer of peanut butter on one of the graham crackers before you add the other ingredients.
— Add a banana slice.
— For a s’more without the microwave, let preschoolers spread marshmallow cream and chocolate frosting on a graham cracker.
—For a creative hostess gift, take along prepackaged s’mores. Wrap up fully assembled s’mores in neat little packages using waxed paper. Tie together with string and arrange in a tissue-filled container. Or, fill a gift bag with a box of graham crackers, a bag of marshmallows and a few chocolate bars for a simple kit.
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