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When I was growing up, I would wait all summer long for August. Although it pained me to wish summer away, I just couldn’t wait for the end-of-the-summer camping trip when all of the families in my neighborhood took a trip to Maine for a week of no cell phones, no video games, yet SO MUCH fun. There was really nothing better than swimming in the lake, looking at the stars and sitting around the campfire. But do you want to know the best part? The endless s’mores! Here are the top 3 s’mores recipes that have never let me down.

Ritz crackers

The buttery effect 

Being a self-proclaimed sweets connoisseur from a very young age, I liked to mix up my typical campfire treat and try some new recipes. My specialty started with two Ritz crackers. The buttery cracker covered with salt combined perfectly with the sweetness and gooeyness of the marshmallow. Then, I would swap out the traditional Hershey’s chocolate bar with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. The cracker, peanut butter, marshmallow combination was the perfect marriage of salty and sweet – I could NEVER have enough.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Getting minty

During the hot days at camp, long before the nighttime campfire was lit, you could catch me snacking on one of my favorite things: mint-chocolate chip ice cream. There is just something special about the combination of refreshing mint and indulgent chocolate. It was the appreciation for that mint-chocolate chip cone that inspired me to create the mint-chocolate chip s’more! I would use a Double Stuffed Oreo (because it HAS to be Double Stuffed, right?) as the bread for my sweet sandwich. Then, to add that mint kick, I would use Andes candies along with a perfectly toasted marshmallow as the filling. It was a warm, gooey, version of a mint-chocolate chip cone and the perfect treat for those chilly nights on the lake.

Mini marshmallows

The banana bomb

But my favorite s’more of all was what I liked to call the Banana Bomb. Without exaggeration, this campfire treat was literally THE BOMB. I would make this treat out by slicing a banana down the middle the long way to create a little pocket of goodness. Then, I would stuff that pocket with mini-marshmallows and chocolate chips. If I could resist jumping in right then, I would wrap the stuffed banana in aluminum foil and put by the fire to bake. After 5 to 10 minutes, I would remove the banana from the fire and let it sit to cool for another 5 minutes. Finally, after being the most patient person in the world, I would dig in to the sweet, gooey, deliciousness. Just thinking about this dessert makes my mouth water and it is (a very large) reason I miss those days at camp!

Oreos

Finally, when the end of the camping trip drew near, school loomed around the corner and the nostalgia for camping trips past really started to kick in, there was nothing more satisfying than the classic marshmallow and chocolate squished between two sweet, graham squares. Just one bite, and I’m right back there on the lake, marshmallow stick in hand.

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