Smores: The Perfect Dessert

Smores: The Perfect Dessert

Smores for dessert? Absolutely. They are not just for campfires and girl scouts anymore. Smores went upscale when you weren’t looking. The concept of roasting marshmallows over an open flame has morphed into little sterno-powered flames for two. Yes, smores have become the ultimate “couples” dessert. Swanky restaurants now serve little trays of graham crackers, marshmallows and Hershey bars complete with miniature sticks for roasting. You can enjoy a posh dessert and pleasant conversation. Slow, sweet and sticky – the perfect combination.

The fun is easy to replicate in your own home. You can purchase a smores maker or you can just use your microwave oven to melt the marshmallows. Heck, in a pinch, a fork and a stovetop burner will do the trick (although it’s not nearly as romantic). And, while you are at it, why not mix up the ingredients a bit? Try adding peanut butter to the graham cracker before closing the classic treat. You could also switch out the plain Hershey’s bar for another candy bar, like Almond Joy or a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, to ramp up the chocolate flavors. Fruit, from bananas to pears, can all tweak the taste of this classic dessert in a way you never knew possible. In fact, you can test an unlimited number of variations and see what you like the best. Even the graham can be changed; chocolate grahams and oatmeal cookies both make great substitutes. Each new combination may just be better than the last. So, the next time you are trying to think of an unusual dessert, think smores.