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May 22, 2013

Jazzing up the classic campfire s'more

Three simple ingredients — a marshmallow, a piece of chocolate and two graham crackers. The symbol of summer and campfire snacking.

And there are so many possibilities for jazzing it up! Once you have a toasted marshmallow, you can sandwich it between all kinds of cookies, crackers and the like. Or you could swap out the basic chocolate for something a little more over-the-top, perhaps something with bacon or candied ginger embedded in it. And don’t overlook gourmet marshmallows, which come in some wonderful flavors.

And don’t hesitate to jam other ingredients in there, too. Liven up your s’mores with:

Thin pretzel sticks

Dried fruit (such as dried cherries and pineapple)

Sweetened, shredded coconut

Thinly sliced fresh strawberries or apple

Maraschino cherries

Slices of banana

Thinly sliced brownie or cake (as an additional filling, not in place of the graham crackers)

Potato chips

And here are four more ideas to get your creativity flowing.

TOASTED MOCHA S’MORE

Start to finish: 10 minutes

1 marshmallow

1-ounce piece dark chocolate with espresso

2 soft snickerdoodle cookies

Toast the marshmallow on a stick or skewer to the desired level of toastiness. Carefully place the marshmallow and the chocolate between the snickerdoodles, using the top cookie to clamp the marshmallow in place and help remove it from the stick.

Squish the cookies together, and allow to cool for a minute before enjoying.

Nutrition information per serving: 330 calories; 170 calories from fat (52 percent of total calories); 19 g fat (10 g saturated, 0 g trans fats); 20 mg cholesterol; 44 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 27 g sugar; 4 g protein; 160 mg sodium.

SESAME CARAMEL S’MORE

Start to finish: 10 minutes

1 marshmallow

1-ounce piece caramel-filled chocolate

2 pieces sesame crisp bread or thin crisp cracker

Toast the marshmallow on a stick or skewer to the desired level of toastiness. Carefully place the marshmallow and the caramel-filled chocolate between the crisp bread, using the top piece to clamp the marshmallow in place and help remove it from the stick.

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