If you're lucky, you went camping this summer. You cooled your tired feet in a bubbling stream, went to sleep with a knockout view of the stars, and woke up with your hair smelling like woodsmoke. There may or may not have been ghost stories and sing-alongs. We hope there was a guitar. One thing's for certain: There were s'mores. Can you even rightfully call something a camping trip if it doesn't include the holy trinity of graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate? No. No, you can't.
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For all of you who didn't make it on a wilderness adventure, don't let the joy of eating a s'more in the summertime pass you by. You can still achieve sticky, sugary, crunchy, chocolate-y bliss -- and you don't even need a campfire to make it happen. Though we certainly wouldn't be mad if you lit one, anyway.
Here's how to take your s'mores to the next level (or how to make them from the comfort of your living room):
1. For the ultimate artisanal s'more, bake your own graham crackers:
Homemade Graham Crackers by Alice Medrich
2. Substitute marshmallows for marshmallow fluff and you won't need a campfire to achieve the perfect goo:
How to Make Marshmallow Fluff from Scratch by CrepesofWrath
3. Spread homemade nutella on s'mores instead of -- or better yet, in addition to -- throwing on chocolate slabs:
Homemade Nutella by Carey Nershi
4. So you want to serve s'mores at a dinner party. Just make them into a tart and you have an elegant (yet whimsical) dessert:
S'more Tart by Couldn't Be Parve
5. When the woods are far away, don't light a fire in your kitchen (because that would be stupid). Turn on your broiler, instead:
How to Make S'mores Without a Fire by Brette Warshaw
6. Here's how to make s'mores fancy: Add an Italian word on the end of it. Done and done:
S'mores Semifreddo by Amanda Hesser
7. Happy 21st birthday, s'mores! When you add alcohol to the marshmallows, your s'mores become adults:
How to Make Moonshine Marshmallows, the Blue Bottle Way by Caitlin Freeman
8. And because it's impossible to decide between ice cream and s'mores, just mix them together:
S'mores Ice Cream by Phyllis Grant
What's your idea of the perfect s'more? Tell us in the comments!
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