As winter sneaks up on us and the temperature drops down to a bone-chilling low I have been determined to start a cozy bonfire. There’s just something about this time of year that makes me want to sit around a toasty fire with friends, a warm blanket, and a stick skewered with plump marshmallows. I love the sweet rustic smell of burning wood and toasted marshmallows that seeps into my hair and clothing.

I’ve been an avid devotee of the classic s’more for the first half of my life. Two perfectly roasted marshmallows placed on a small slab of Hershey’s milk chocolate and wedged between two crisp graham crackers. It doesn’t get any better than that. Or does it?

Sunday afternoon I ventured out of my comfort zone and conducted a s’more research project. On my visit to the grocery store my taste buds took a creative approach to picking out different s’more goodies for the bonfire. I admit that I went a little over board.

  • Lindt Milk Chocolate and Double Milk Chocolate Bars
  • Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark and Almond bars (I think you could really do some damage with the chocolate squares)
  • Marshmallows
  • Peanut Butter
  • Graham Crackers
  • Bananas
  • Anna’s Chocolate Mint Thins and Ginger Thins

I have no self-control when it comes to sweets and having a “sweet tooth” is an under statement. I have a whole mouth full of them. We mixed and matched at least seven different sweet sandwiches. A toasted marshmallow with the chocolate almond bar smashed between two ginger thins. Another marshmallow was paired with peppermint bark and packed between chocolate mint thins. Yum! The possibilities were endless. Peanut butter with roasted banana, a marshmallow, and double milk chocolate sandwiched with graham crackers. Mmmm!

The day ended with sugar rushes and bellyaches, but it was worth it. So before it gets too cold get outside, start a fire (safely), and treat yourself to a s’more.

Can you think of any creative s'more combinations? What are some of your favorites?