Make S'mores by the Fireplace
by Dave

Woman pigging out on s'mores during her date
S'mores. Crunchy bites of sweet, chocolaty goodness. Who knew the marriage of ordinary graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate could produce such a beautiful child?

I remember making these by the fire as a kid when my family went camping. My brother was an animal; he'd just slap a marshmallow on a stick, ignite it, and consume. No style at all. I, on the other hand, would take the extra time for perfectly-browned ones - crispy on the outside and oh-so-gooey on the inside. If mom was on the ball she'd have the chocolate already laid-out for me on a graham cracker, ready to receive the perfect marshmallow. Then I'd place another one on top and gently squeeeeeze the marshmallow flat, thus melting the chocolate without any breakage. Perfect.

After 3 or 4 of these things I'd be bouncing around the campground like a little maniac, begging to go exploring or for a late-night swim. Mom generally refused these requests unless I was being particularly annoying, then she might just shake her head and mumble "Have fun." A few hours later, the campfire reduced to embers, I'd stagger back to the tent in a sugar-induced haze and collapse. Now that's living.

But campfires and OCD kids aren't necessary to enjoy s'mores. Why not pick up the fixins and make a few in the fireplace tonight? Put on some music, tell a ghost story or two, and share memories about all the fun you had making them as a kid.

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