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Trail Chef: A Brave New S'more

Switch things up with these twists on the classic treat.

by: Kristin Bjornsen

1 Gourmet s'more: Nutella, pear slices, and marshmallow. (Dicentra)
1 Gourmet s'more: Nutella, pear slices, and marshmallow. (Dicentra)

A rite of passage in the camping world, s'mores date back to at least 1927, when the recipe appeared in a Girl Scout publication—though the magic mixture of graham, chocolate, and marshmallow likely existed well before that. Also, the original name was "Some More" (perhaps Oliver Twist had a hand in it?). But, with all due respect to the classic s'more, it's nice to vary things now and again. In that spirit, reader Dicentra of shares this gourmet adaption: 

Sliced pear
Graham crackers

Other delicious ingredients to ponder:
* Candied ginger
* Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
* Peppermint Pattie
* Peeps
* Peanut butter and banana slices
* Dried mango and coconut shavings
Can't make a fire? Make S'mores in a bag: 

At home, mix together 1/2 cup crumbled graham crackers (about 1 1/2 crackers), 1/4 cup chocolate chips, and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (toasted), and evenly divide the mixture into two small oven-roasting bags. In camp, squeeze the air out of the bags, close them tightly, and dunk them in hot water until the chocolate has melted. Remove the bags from the water, grab a spoon, and dig into gooey yumminess.

Find six more s'mores upgrades, including the Johnny Appleseed and the Mexican S'more, here and share your own ideas below.

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Star Star Star Star Star
Sep 23, 2013

for an adult take on the classic campfire snack you can cover the graham cracker with dark chocolate peanut butter, then dip the marshmallow in bourbon and toast, then cover the marshmallow with finely ground espresso beans

or use any of Godiva's filled dark chocolate squares.

another favorite is to use fresh backed chocolate chip cookies instead of graham crackers

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They're also good with strawberry marshmallows instead of normal.

Feb 04, 2011

Photo is from the ALDHA-West Gathering. I brought a bunch of goodies to the campfire and we all experimented making gourmet smores. Try cream cheese, dark chocolate, marshmellows and graham crackers too. YUM!

s'more lover
Jan 28, 2011

rite is spelled wrong here.

Jan 28, 2011 house editing bust. But on topic...peanut butter is good with everything.

Jan 28, 2011

or he/she's a Democrat.

hiking editor
Jan 28, 2011

Funny, I always thought s'mores were a rite of passage. Maybe the author meant you're supposed to sit on a certain side of the trail while eating them.


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