By Natalie Marusin
Just the idea of the s’more, that ooey-gooey classic summer treat, is enough to make anyone’s mouth water. One of the most iconic American flavors – the chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow trio is also a Fourth of July staple. So, as you make plans to ooh and aah during the upcoming firework displays, be sure to try out one of these s’more-inspired treats that take that classic U.S. taste to whole other level. Now, that’s something to ooh and aah over.
S’mores cookie bars
Few things are better than a perfectly grilled marshmallow smashed between chocolate and graham crackers, but cookies may be one of them. So, what could be better than the marriage of the two? These S’mores cookie bars by Sally from the blog Sally’s Baking Addiction, encompass everything we love in cookies infused with the to-die-for s’more flavor. Make these ahead and serve them on the Fourth for a stress-free dessert – if you can resist eating them before the big day.
Your guests will be asking for s’more all night with this sweet libation. This cocktail, made by Jen — aka The Cocktail Lady — of the blog A Year of Cocktails, is a blend of all things s’mores. Marshmallow vodka and a chocolate graham cracker rim highlight this drink. We can’t wait to try a S’moretini after a day filled with outdoor games and barbecues – it’s the perfect post-firework drink before the party ends. Garnish with a graham cracker and chocolate covered marshmallow and enjoy. Cheers!
Grilled s’more banana packet
As you’re congregating around the grill on July 4, try tossing on this easy-to-make grilled s’more banana packet after you’ve roasted your hot dogs. An easy-peasy dessert that combines all the yummy-ness of a s’more packed into a warm banana? Uh – yes, please! We can’t think of a better treat to give your kids before sparkler time. Check out this simple but oh-so-delicious recipe by Courtney from the blog Neighborfood.
Can’t wait for dessert to get that s’more flavor? Try out this s’more dip by Alyssa at the blog The Recipe Critic, for a sweet appetizer before you throw the meat on the barbeque. This dip has all the must-haves of the perfect s’more – including graham crackers for dunking. We think the kiddos, as well as the adults, will love this pre-dinner treat. Need a cute serving bowl to complete the patriotic look? Check out this Blue Star Dip Bowl for only $8.99 at Sur La Table.
Cupcakes are once again all the rage this season. These small delicacies seem perfect for any occasion – Fourth of July included. And with all the delightful additions of a s’more, these cupcakes by Kim-Erin from the blog Living Eventfully, will be an instant hit at your celebration. The scorched marshmallow frosting billowing atop chocolate cake will have anyone swooning over this instant classic. If you are in need of a cupcake pan to create these gooey little cupcakes, check out Bed Bath and Beyond. This pan is only $17.99 and comes equipped with a lid for east transportation.
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