I just got back from a weeklong camping trip. We went to a beautiful campground in the mountains in BC (British Columbia, Canada) with my husband’s extended family. All told, there were 57 of us! You can imagine how much fun we had. They had even ordered matching shirts with a Kostelyk Campout 2016 logo on them and right down to the youngest baby and my sister-in-law’s chihuahua were wearing them!
I’m not much of a camper and can count on one hand the number of times I’ve eaten a s’more in my lifetime. I did get one in on this camping trip and I have to say that it was delicious. Even though I’m not a big camper, I’ve been making and eating these s’mores bar squares for years.
They pack all the elements of a s’more, the graham taste, the marshmallows, the chocolate, and even the ooey-gooeyness without the need for a campfire.
I know that at this point, you may be thinking that s’mores without a campfire wouldn’t be as fun. You’re absolutely right. However, there are situations in which a campfire just isn’t possible. Even when you’re camping, there are sometimes fire bans that prohibit campfires. It’s also harder to roast marshmallows in the dead of winter.
If you find yourself in such a situation and are craving the taste of a s’more, you have come to the right place.
S’mores Bar Squares Recipe:
8 cups Golden Grahams cereal
6 cups mini marshmallows, setting one aside for later
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup light corn syrup
5 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
Butter a 13×9 inch pan. Put the cereal in a large bowl.
Microwave 5 of the cups of mini marshmallows, the chocolate chips, corn syrup, and butter on high for 2-4 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave. Stop and stir every minute until everything is melted and it stirs easily. Pour in the vanilla and stir.
Pour the mixture over the cereal and fold to coat it completely. Once it is mixed, stir in the last cup of mini marshmallows.
Press into the greased pan and chill for at least one hour before cutting into bars and serving.
Just like the real thing, these s’mores bars can be a bit messy to eat which just makes the camping experience feel all the more real!
I especially like making these to bring to summer picnics although the last time I made them, they didn’t last long enough to get them out the door! My kids are big fans of anything that has chocolate and marshmallow in it. I may have also tasted one (just to do the quality control of course!) or two myself.