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Happy National S’mores Day

Abby Dodge's Toasted Bittersweet S'mores Bars.

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Want to know a secret? I’ll take National S’mores Day over Valentine’s Day any year, just don’t tell my husband. Why would I pick one perfect square over 25 itty, bitty chocolates with something potentially unappealing inside (but I don’t know it until I get there)? Because a gooey, melty, chocolaty s’mores is a thing of great beauty, because in my quest to identify every dish’s “perfect bite,” there are no imperfect bites when it comes to s’mores. Each corner and the middle (yeah, I’ve got it down to a five-bite system) have a just-right proportion of sugary, sticky goodness.

There aren’t many snacks out there that instantly transport you back to childhood, but a golden, toasted marshmallow committing a graham cracker to a bar of chocolate. . .well, you can understand why I’d prefer it to anything in a heart-shaped box. If you’re looking for an excuse to get the fire pit going tonight, it is National S’mores Day, after all. I hope my husband remembered.

Celebrate with a classic s’mores (no recipe needed, but DO try Yasmin Lozada-Hissom’s recipe for Homemade Graham Crackers!) or try one of these delicious takes on a sweet treat worthy of its own holiday:

 

Homemade Graham Crackers Toasted Bittersweet S'mores Bars
Homemade Graham Crackers   Toasted Bittersweet S’mores Bars

 

Ice Cream Sandwich S'mores Graham Cracker-Chocolate Chip Snacking Cake
Ice Cream Sandwich S’mores   Graham Cracker-Chocolate Chip Snacking Cake

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  • Carol_W | 08/10/2010

    Who knew? I love s'mores--over the fire, over the stove... In my family we make them (and have been for probably 80 years) with chocolate chips and saltine crackers. I use the stone-ground wheat crackers for a crunchy, salty-sweet treat.

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