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S’more Summer Bonfires, Please!

S’more Summer Bonfires, Please!

An ode to the ideal summer night in Northern Ontario…

The onset begins as the sun bends it knees, playing peek-a-boo behind the trees;
The sky does change from its crisp bright blues, to bolden gold and crimson hues;
Skin once warmed by sun so fair, now senses the change to a cool evening air;
A hoodie donned with summer pants, among your comrade’s fortune chance;
The crystal sky embellished with stars, the flames lick higher and reflect off guitars;
With blazing coals to keep the heat, we roast marshmallows for S’mores to eat!

 

We are in the midst of the summer season folks. It’s our favourite time of the year. It means weather ideal for kicking back and star gazing, intimate conversations with our family and friends in the outdoors while getting high doses of fresh air. It’s that time of the year when we can comfortably spend hours outside, 24/7 if we so desire, grounding ourselves again and getting back in touch with the earth. For us here at Sportsman’s Lodge, this also means an abundance of bonfires and S’mores!

For those who don’t know, a S’more is a much-adored bonfire treat. It is a sandwich of marshmallow and chocolate between two graham crackers. It is easy and fun to make, very messy to eat and most importantly, it is DELICIOUS! [dih-lish-uhs]

It’s disputed where S’mores originated. The most common belief is that the original recipe all came together with the Girl Scouts, first published in the 1927 Girl Scout guidebook, “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts”. While the book was intended to advise on how to “be” a good Girl Scout, its real legacy became the “Some More”. Eventually the name was shortened to “S’more”, but we know it remained in the publications until at least 1971.

The recipe goes as follows;

 

“Some More”

8 sticks
16 graham crackers
8 bars plain chocolate (any of the good plain brands broken in two)
16 marshmallows

Toast two marshmallows over the coals to a crisp gooey state and then put them inside a graham cracker and chocolate bar sandwich. The heat of the marshmallow between the halves of chocolate bar will melt the chocolate a bit. Though it tastes like “some more” one is really enough.

 

Regardless of its roots, S’mores have proven themselves as a bonfire staple among the young and old for generations, and making these delicious treats is far from phasing out. In fact, new recipes continue to evolve, bringing palatable new adventures to our taste buds.

Essentially, the method of making S’mores is the same;

  1. Roast your marshmallows over a campfire//gas burner//candle to reach that perfect level of marshmallow perfection. Whether that’s golden-brown or *toasted*, you’re s’mores will be delicious!
  2. Assemble your S’mores using your whatever combos you can come up with by using various chocolates, fruits, toppings, etc. — get creative!
  3. Smash your S’more together and enjoy!

We’ve tested a few notable twists on our adored original recipe, and we have to say, we were not disappointed. Consider trying one of the gourmet S’more recipes below for your next “Bonfire & S’mores” evening. We bet you won’t be disappointed either!

Sweet & Salty OREO Pretzel S'mores

    Ingredients:

  • 12 Oreo Cookies
  • 1 Cadbury Dairy Milk Bar (100 g), broken into 12 (2-square) pieces
  • 12 miniature pretzel twists
  • 12 marshmallows

       

      Directions:

      • Separate cookie halves, leaving cream on one half of each cookie.
      • Place 6 cookie halves, cream sides up, in single layer on spatula or other flat with a long handle.
      • Top with 1 each milk chocolate piece, pretzel and marshmallow.
      • Bake in toaster oven at 350°F for 2 min. or until marshmallows are puffed.
      • Remove tray from toaster oven carefully. Cover each with plain cookie half, top side up; press together gently to secure.
      • Repeat with remaining ingredients. Let cool 1 min. before serving.

       

      HONEY MAID S'mores

      Ingredients:

      • 6 marshmallows, toasted
      • 1 Milk Chocolate bar (100 g), broken into 12 (2-square) pieces
      • 12 Honey Maid Wafers

       

      Directions:

      • Sandwich 1 warm marshmallow and 2 chocolate pieces between 2 wafers.
      • Press together gently to secure.
      • Repeat with remaining ingredients.
      • Let stand 1 min. to allow chocolate to soften before serving.

       

      Ultimate Triple-decker S'mores

      Ingredients:

      • Store-bought Pizzelles, vanilla and chocolate (Pizzelles are traditional Italian waffle cookies made from flour, eggs, sugar and butter or vegetable oil. They can be found in the bakery section of most supermarkets.)
      • Jumbo marshmallows
      • Good quality chocolate and caramel sauces (such as Ghirardelli)

       

      Directions:

      • Thread marshmallows onto metal skewers. Hold skewers above heat and toast, turning as needed, until marshmallows are puffed and golden brown.
      • To build each s’more, place 1 toasted marshmallow on top of 1 chocolate cookie and top with chocolate. Top with a vanilla cookie, gently pressing down to flatten. Place a second marshmallow on top, drizzle with caramel sauce and cover with another chocolate cookie. Enjoy immediately.

       

      Bon Appetite!

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