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S’mores!

Crickets chirp. The fire crackles. The marshmallows cry out from their package, begging to be roasted to a toasty, golden brown. Well, maybe not…but we know that’s what you’re thinking!

No campout is complete without roasting marshmallows over an open fire to make that tasty treat familiar to all campers: s’mores! Are you ready to dig in to some chocolate-y, marshmallow-y goodness?

A s’more is a traditional camping snack that has been popular with kids—and their parents!— for years and years. Although many different varieties of s’mores have developed over time, the s’more is basically a sandwich of roasted marshmallows and chocolate between graham crackers.

S’mores are usually made by the campfire. Marshmallows are roasted over the fire until they’re gooey. Then graham crackers with pieces of a chocolate candy bar are used to sandwich the gooey roasted marshmallow. Many kids mash the combination together so that the heat from the marshmallow will melt the chocolate.

This sweet, warm, gooey, delicious treat always leaves kids wanting more. In fact, that’s probably how they got their name. S’more is thought to be a contraction of the phrase, “some more,” as in “I want some more of those s’mores!”

No one knows for sure who invented the s’more. However, the first published recipe for “some mores” was in a 1927 publication called Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Loretta Scott Crew, who made them for Girl Scouts by the campfire, is given credit for the recipe.

However, summer is behind us and the possibility of toasting s’mores over a campfire dwindles as winter closes in and the temperature’s drop. These S’mores Cookie Bars are a great summer treat or winter treat, with the classic S’mores flavors in a quick and easy bar form. The recipe makes a large 9×13 pan, which will yield 24 bars, so it’s great for feeding large groups.

I find bars like these easiest to cut cold, so I like to pop the pan into the refrigerator for a bit before cutting. That said, these bars are best enjoyed at room temperature or slight warm (pop them into the microwave for a few seconds!).

“Every year I fall for pumpkins, bonfires, s’mores, autumn leaves, apples and you.”
~ Anonymous

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