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Making more of the s'more: Create a custom recipe with flavored chocolates or various cookies

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 12:01 am

Three simple ingredients — a marshmallow, a piece of chocolate and two graham crackers. The symbol of summer and campfire snacking.

And there are so many possibilities for jazzing it up! Once you have a toasted marshmallow, you can sandwich it between all kinds of cookies, crackers and the like. Or you could swap out the basic chocolate for something a little more over-the-top, perhaps something with bacon or candied ginger embedded in it. And don't overlook gourmet marshmallows, which come in some wonderful flavors.

Don't hesitate to jam other ingredients in there, too. Liven up your s'mores with:

•Thin pretzel sticks

•Dried fruit (such as dried cherries and pineapple)

•Sweetened shredded coconut

•Thinly sliced fresh strawberries or apple

•Maraschino cherries

•Slices of banana

•Thinly sliced brownie or cake (as an additional filling, not in place of the graham crackers)

•Potato chips

And here are four more ideas to get your creativity flowing.

Sesame caramel s’more

Makes 1 s'more

1 marshmallow

1-ounce piece caramel-filled chocolate

2 pieces sesame crisp bread or thin crisp cracker

Toast marshmallow on a stick or skewer to desired level of toastiness. Carefully place marshmallow and caramel-filled chocolate between crisp bread, using top piece to clamp marshmallow in place and help remove it from stick. Squish crisps together and allow to cool for a minute before enjoying.

Per serving: 190 calories; 70 calories from fat (37 percent of total calories); 8 g fat (4.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 5 mg cholesterol; 28 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 19 g sugar; 2 g protein; and 95 mg sodium.

Double chocolate grasshopper s’more

Makes 1 s'more

1 marshmallow

1 to 2 mint-filled chocolates

2 chocolate graham crackers

Toast marshmallow on a stick or skewer to desired level of toastiness. Carefully place marshmallow and chocolates between graham crackers, using top graham cracker to clamp marshmallow in place and help remove it from stick. Squish crackers together and allow to cool for a minute before enjoying.

Per serving: 170 calories; 50 calories from fat (29 percent of total calories); 6g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 22 g sugar; 1 g protein; and 30 mg sodium.

Toasted mocha s’more

Makes 1 s'more

1 marshmallow

1-ounce piece dark chocolate with espresso

2 soft snickerdoodle cookies

Toast marshmallow on a stick or skewer to desired level of toastiness. Carefully place marshmallow and chocolate between snickerdoodles, using top cookie to clamp marshmallow in place and help remove it from stick. Squish cookies together and allow to cool for a minute before enjoying.

Per serving: 330 calories; 170 calories from fat (52 percent of total calories); 19 g fat (10 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 20 mg cholesterol; 44 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 27 g sugar; 4 g protein; and 160 mg sodium.

Salted oatmeal s’more

1 marshmallow

1-ounce piece sea salted dark chocolate

1 square soft caramel, flattened with your palms

2 oatmeal cookies

Toast marshmallow on a stick or skewer to desired level of toastiness.

Carefully place marshmallow, chocolate and caramel between cookies, using top cookie to clamp marshmallow in place and help remove it from stick. Squish cookies together and allow to cool for a minute before enjoying.

Per serving: 340 calories; 170 calories from fat (50 percent of total calories); 18 g fat (7 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 10 mg cholesterol; 48 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 21 g sugar; 5 g protein; and 360 mg sodium.