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August's Midnight Snacks

Lauren Ward

August's Midnight Snacks

Good news for anyone who loves marshmallows and s'mores - August 10th is National S'mores Day and August 30th is National Toasted Marshmallow Day! We've scoured the web for this month's midnight snacks that are all about gooey, melty deliciousness that takes you back to those summertime bonfires.

S'mores VariationsEasy S'mores Variations

THE CLASSIC
Chocolate, marshmallow, graham cracker. Perfectly simple.
THE ELVIS
Take the classic and add banana, bacon, and peanut butter.
SPICE IT UP
Add ancho and cayenne chili powder. Also try it with dark chocolate rather than regular Hershey's.
SALTED CARAMEL S'MORES
Make some homemade caramel sauce or just buy some at the store, then top with sea salt.
REESE'S S'MORES
Use a peanut butter-filled Reese's instead of milk chocolate!
S'MORES COOKIE SANDWICH
Sub out the graham crackers for two chocolate chip cookies.
S'MOREOS
Oreos instead of graham crackers. Split them or use 2 Oreo sandwiches!
NUTELLA S'MORES
Instead of chocolate, spread each graham cracker with Nutella. Top it with chopped hazelnuts too.
MINT S'MORES
Use peppermint patties or mint-filled chocolate instead of standard Hershey's for a minty kick.
S'MORES JELLY SANDWICH
Spread some jam (berry flavors work best) and peanut butter to bring back some childhood fun.
BRIE S'MORES
Melted brie instead of marshmallow to bring down the sweetness while keeping the gooey consistency. 
Credit: Serious Eats

    Peanut Butter S'mores Brownies

    Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed S’mores Brownies

     Ingredients

    Graham Cracker Crust
      • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
      • ¼ cup sugar
      • ¼ teaspoon salt
      • ¾ cup butter, melted
    Brownies
      • ¾ cup cocoa
      • ¾ cup butter, melted
      • 2 Tablespoons hot water
      • 1-2/3 cup sugar
      • 2 eggs, beaten
      • 2 teaspoons vanilla
      • 1-1/3 cup flour
      • ½ teaspoon baking powder
      • ¼ teaspoon salt
      • 12 peanut butter cups
      • 1 dark chocolate candy bar
      Marshmallows
        • 24 ounces jet-puffed marshmallows

        Instructions

        Graham Cracker Crust
          1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.
          2. In a medium bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, salt and butter until combined. Pour into prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until set and beginning to brown.
        Brownies
          1. In a large bowl, stir together cocoa, melted butter and hot water. Add sugar, eggs and vanilla and stir until well combined.
          2. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt until just combined.
          3. Top graham cracker crust with brownie mixture, spreading in an even layer.
          4. Press peanut butter cups into brownie batter in three rows of four.
          5. Break the candy bar into individual pips or pieces and place in horizontal and vertical rows between peanut butter cups.
          6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until just set.
          Marshmallows
            1. Remove brownies from oven and turn oven to broil setting. Add marshmallows to top of brownies pressing lightly to adhere them to the warm brownies. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until they reach desired char level.
            2. Let brownies cool completely before attempting to cut and serve.

           Credit: Melanie Makes

          Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream

          Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream

           Ingredients

          • 16 ounces heavy whipping cream
          • 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
          • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
          • Marshmallows, toasted

          Instructions

          1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add one pint of heavy whipping cream. Start beating slowly, and then once it starts to foam, increase speed whipping until soft peaks form.
          2. Carefully add the sweetened condensed milk, gently as to not to deflate the whipped cream. Add in vanilla in the same manner. Use a rubber spatula to fold in.
          3. Add toasted marshmallows. (Toast in the broiler, on the stovetop of a gas oven, or with a kitchen torch. Toast until there are a few charred edges, just like over the campfire.)
          4. Pour toasted vanilla ice cream mixture into a 9x5-inch loaf pan and cover with aluminum foil.
          5. Place in freezer until hard.
          6. Serve!

          Credit: A Happy Food Dance



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