Crunchy Smores Bars Recipe

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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When we were kids, every family barbecue ended the same way.   We’d run around the backyard looking for long thin sticks, and load them up with marshmallows.  Then, as the fire on the charcoal grill began to die down,  we’d toast them over the glowing embers.   My little brother was all about instant gratification.  He’d jam his marshmallows right into the coals which usually caused them to catch on fire.    I, being older and wiser, patiently held my marshmallows over the coals, turning them every few minutes, until they were a nice golden brown.  My brother would look at the charred, black blob on his stick,  and then at my perfect toasty specimens and  turn on the waterworks.  What else could I do but share some of mine.  As much as I loved toasted marshmallows, I loved my little brother more.

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Sometimes, my mother would present us with a box of graham crackers and some Hershey bars, and we’d make s’mores.  What bliss!  Seriously, is there anything better than a sticky, gooey toasted marshmallow sitting on top of melty milk chocolate and a crunchy Honey Graham?  I think not.  And boy, were they messy!  After eating them, my dad would have to hose us down before my mother would let us back in the house.

When Mini SGCC was little, we made s’mores too.  By that time, everyone had gas grills instead of charcoal ones.  I’m sorry, but to me, toasting marshmallows on a gas grill just isn’t the same.   Mini SGCC didn’t seem to mind, though.  She devoured her s’mores just the same – and made just as big a mess!

Since I wasn’t too keen on hosing down my sweet little cherub, or cutting strands of melted white goo out of her mass of golden curls, I came up with a much neater way for her to enjoy s’mores – Crunchy S’mores Bars.

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Crunchy S’mores Bars have all of the essential elements of traditional s’mores – marshmallows, chocolate and graham –  but without the mess.  They are so ridiculously simple to make, that I’m almost embarrassed to share them with you.  But, they are also so incredibly good, that I’m willing to risk the humiliation.  Actually, they’re just an amped up variation of Rice Krispies Treats, except without the Rice Krispies and with chocolate.

To give these bars their “s’moreness”,  I use Golden Grahams cereal and milk chocolate chips.  Trust me, it works.  All you do is melt the marshmallows in a saucepan with some butter, and mix in the cereal and chocolate chips.  Then, you press the whole gooey glob into a pan, drizzle it with melted chocolate and voilà!  Crunchy S’mores Bars!

I suppose that I could have fancied things up a bit and browned the butter, added bacon or used some exotic, organic, single origin, fair trade certified chocolate.   You know, to try and impress you.  But, these are cereal bars, people.   Sometimes, it’s better to leave well enough alone.   Besides, everyone who’s ever tried these bars has loved them, so who am I to mess with success.

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16 responses to Crunchy Smores Bars Recipe

  1. On May 31, 2011 at 12:00pm, Maria said...

    What a fun treat!

  2. On May 31, 2011 at 12:02pm, Barbara | Creative Culinary said...

    Some things will never change and one of those for me is that I love everything S’more. Sure, it’s a great flavor combination but one bite and I’m 10 years old and back at Girl Scout camp. I could use that right now and you took me there for a few moments with this post. Ah…nice.

    • On June 01, 2011 at 8:00am, Susan said...

      Happy to oblige! ;)

  3. On May 31, 2011 at 12:05pm, Katerina said...

    They are fancy enough for me! I love how few ingredients there are.

  4. On May 31, 2011 at 12:39pm, Rosa said...

    They look fantastic! Surely very addictive and soothing.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. On May 31, 2011 at 1:03pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    My mother used to make these too. They were called “Indoor S’mores”. She didn’t make them into nice neat little bars like these though. She just made drop versions. Not quite as pretty. In which case, yours are sort of fancy, no?

    Isn’t part of the fun of toasting the ‘mallows that you stick them in the fire and let them catch fire and burn? That way once you get past the burnt outside, they’re super-gooey on the inside.

    • On June 01, 2011 at 8:01am, Susan said...

      Indoor S’mores! I love it!

  6. On May 31, 2011 at 1:52pm, Anna said...

    Oh my gosh, this is genius! I like rice crispie treats well enough, but golden grams are my all-time favorite! Must make now! Thank you for sharing :D

  7. On May 31, 2011 at 4:19pm, Jannett said...

    these look really neat.. great photos too.. ;o)

  8. On May 31, 2011 at 5:49pm, Karen@Mignardise said...

    I just started another stupid diet today and you have to go posting these. Want them now!!!

    • On June 01, 2011 at 8:01am, Susan said...

      Oops! Sorry about that! ;)

  9. On May 31, 2011 at 9:29pm, The Food Hound said...

    Susan- we met at BlogHer and I’m finally getting around to going through all the cards I acquired!! I love your site, and I LOVE these s’mores bars!! So perfect for this time of year, though if I want to feel like I’m roasting in a fire, I need look no further than my front porch. Oh my, is it hot out. Can’t wait to follow!!

    • On June 01, 2011 at 8:07am, Susan said...

      You’re doing a lot better than I am. I’m still trying to figure out where I stashed all of the cards I collected! I do remember meeting you, though. I know what you mean about roasting. It’s stifling down here too!

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Glad you like the bars! :)

  10. On June 12, 2011 at 11:38am, Jannett said...

    these bars look like a keeper… bookmarked!!!! ;o)

  11. On July 04, 2011 at 12:59am, Dee said...

    I made them for the grandkids and they are yummy!! Thank You!! I actually made 2 batches for our Fourth of July picnic tomorrow. Since I always put peanut butter on MY smores, I added peanut butter to one of the batches. Mmmmmmmmm Thanks again for the great idea!! Can’t wait to hear what the kids think!!

  12. On March 17, 2012 at 7:53am, kakzkie said...

    wow,..this really looks delicious,..i really want to try this one at home,..I’m also fond of baking, and am inspired with your mallows,..:)

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