It’s 2020. The year everyone decided they would try camping. Lord save us. With camping comes camp food. And there is only one dessert we associate with camping. S’mores. Graham crackers, marshmallows, Hersheys. Boring A.F. Now listen up! This is your easiest chance to look like a professional camper. Try something new and impress your your family for once.
When camping with a group we have organized a few S’mores contests. From those contests, we have witnessed true ingenuity, and likely the first steps towards losing a foot to diabetes. Below are a few ideas to start the wheels turning.
The Cracker: Try Ritz for a salty and buttery crunch when paired with the sweet of the chocolate and marshmallow. Use upgraded graham crackers. What the hell is that you ask? Nowadays we have options like cinnamon graham crackers, chocolate graham crackers, or if you are really ambitious, make your own. Want to really wow your friends? Try using a cookie in place of the grahams. Keebler Fudge Stripes are my personal favorite, but any stable cookie will work. Save those Girl Scout Thin Mints if you can. Just having a box of those on hand in late summer will blow minds.
The Chocolate: Now we are going to get nuts. The variables for this ingredient are endless. We were hooked on Rolos for a while, but Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are pretty stellar. My wife who is an excellent cook, once smoked bacon and crumbled that in between the peanut butter cup and the marshmallow. Upon tasting this concoction, I blacked out then woke up an hour later believing I had traveled to heaven. Kind of freaked the kids out.
The Marshmallow: Sadly, marshmallows haven’t become as advanced as the other ingredients. There are cool square marshmallows that fit a graham cracker perfectly, but they just don’t cook quite as well as the old fashioned Jet-Puffed version.
Toppings: More options than we could list here. A few we’ve seen in competitions are sprinkles, pecans, gummy worms, fresh fruit like kiwi and strawberries, peanut butter, jelly, caramel drizzle, bananas, and yes, bacon.
So now that you’re out in the wilderness, bring along a bag full of junk food that is sure to make your teeth hurt and your belly ache. The look of astonishment from your fellow campers when they see how you’ve changed the S’mores game will earn you camping points and probably a few friends, whether you want them or not.