May 19, 2016
Can we take a moment to discuss the genius of the camp s’more? Melty, crunchy and beautifully gooey – it’s probably the best camp snack ever. But here’s the thing: most folks have experienced only one variety of s’more. Sure, it’s a bonafide classic, but doesn’t a snack as universally lauded as the s’more deserve just a bit of experimentation?
Enter our craft s’more guide: a way to change how campers think about the humble yet much-loved s’more. We get that s’more traditionalists are apt to be a bit offended by the following experiments in s’moredom but, seriously, these are well worth a try. We’ve included some potential beverage pairings as well, for all the s’moreliers out there (sorry, we had to).
Fresh local fruit + marshmallows + melted butter + toppings
S’mores without chocolate? Oh yes, it’s possible (and delicious). Chefs Chuck Hughes and Danny Smiles show us their twist on classic camp s’mores with sweet local peaches and over-the-top toppings.
Black and white cookies + marshmallows
Decadent in every way, this craft s’more combines two of the world’s finest desserts into one delicious, gooey mess. Recommended pairings include White Russians, reasonably hoppy IPAs or a cool glass of milk.
Graham crackers + marshmallows + bananas + peanut butter cups
A subtle yet striking variation on the common s’more that pairs masterfully with root beer and dessert porters.
Gingersnaps + marshmallows
Pared back yet deceptively complex, s’more snaps blend the creamy texture of marshmallow with gingery spice for a truly well-rounded treat. Pairs well with chai tea or a slightly spicy saison.
Tortilla + chocolate spread + peanut butter + marshmallows
Playful and well-balanced, this rich and messy treat perfectly concludes a night spent enjoying hand-blended camp margaritas.
S’mores en blanc
Vanilla cookies + marshmallows + white chocolate
Surprisingly light on the palate, a carefully crafted s’mores en blanc elevates tones of vanilla and honeydew from a nicely chilled pinot grigio, chardonnay or can of coke.
Pancakes + marshmallows + strawberries + maple syrup
If it’s brunch you’re after, this s’more delivers. Substitute chocolate spread for maple syrup for a more traditional approach. Beverage pairing? A deep, chocolately espresso extracted from your AeroPress or hot chocolate.