Sunday, March 24, 2013

The magic of S'mores....

I am not sure if it is the nostalgia of years, and trips gone by, the warm crackle of the embers of the campfire itself, the competition of young boys and girls, trying to have theirs come out best, even if those young boys and girls have grandchildren of their own. But there is something downright magic about the process itself of toasting marshmallows on a campfire, or BBQ pit. It's a gut feeling, and an anticipation of something very special that brings an outing to life!

Now as we all know, toasted marshmallows taste marvelous right off of the cooking utensil, no matter if it is a roasting fork, or even just a stick with a sharpened end that has been pressed into service. But no matter how good that is, there is, for many people, dare I say most, an ultimate objective for toasting those marshmallows and getting the inside all warm and gooey, and that is of course...

S'MORES!

Now I have had S'mores made many different ways, including special flavored marshmallows, specialty chocolates etc... But for me anyway, my favorite method for S'mores is still one of the simplest, and the original S'mores I was introduced to as a kid in the Boy Scouts at one of the Scout camps in Oregon.

#1. Get your fire down to coals. An open roaring fire will either catch the marshmallow on fire, or not cook it at all. Plentiful glowing embers allow you gentle even heat...
#2. Skewer your marshmallows, 2 or 3 at a time onto either a sharpened stick, or a camp roasting fork. And of coarse toast those things to a beautiful golden brown all the way around. The outside just taking on a slight crispness, and the inside almost flowing...
#3. Add these to a Cinnamon Graham Cracker, top with regular Hersheys bar, and another cracker. Let the marshmallow melt the chocolate somewhat, and enjoy...

I can still recall sitting around that campfire with sharpened sticks, complete with impaled Marshmallow, trying to get it just right, in a competition with my friends and classmates...

Which leaves the question, what is your favorite way of making and enjoying S'mores? Do you have any special S'mores memories that you'd care to share? If so please feel free to leave a comment, and then go make some S'mores!

Once you are done with those S'mores, go, and find your own "road less traveled"!

-- Outdoor Dave...