S’mores Fudge Bars

One of my all-time favorite summer desserts are s’mores. They are classic, fun, messy and bring you back to a simpler time. Now traditionally you need a camp fire, roaster sticks, and perfectly roasted marshmallows to construct a campfire s’more. If you are looking for a less messy alternative, these S’more Fudge Bars are a fantastic spin¬†on the traditional summer treat.

These bars have an amazing texture and they start with a chewy, and slightly salty, graham cracker base. Next is a thick layer of rich fudge, all topped off with fluffy, homemade marshmallow. Absolutely. Amazing. The trickiest part of the recipe is making the marshmallow and that’s easy peasy as long as you have a candy thermometer. Give them a shot- you won’t be disappointed. If you are still stuck on the traditional campfire s’mores and want to take them to the WOW level, check out directions for homemade marshmallows¬†here. Enjoy!

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Homemade Marshmallows

While the last few weeks of winter wind down here in Madison, WI, I’ve been making hot coco to help keep warm. And what goes best with hot chocolate- marshmallows! I was inspired to make marshmallows to go with my hot coco, AND a friend in Madison recently mentioned she had successfully made marshmallows from scratch, and suggested I give it a try. On top of all that, I have always been curious about how marshmallows were made, and what ingredients were involved. So all in all, I had a handful of reasons to try and make these unique treats from scratch.

Overall, I was surprised at how simple marshmallows were to make and how wonderful they tasted! Marshmallows are a little messy to make from scratch, but I think that’s part of the fun. These were definitely worth the work, and the mess, because I discovered homemade marshmallows are unparalleled to the store-bought variety in taste and texture. These marshmallows would be great to make in the colder months to have with hot coco, or in the warmer months to use with s’mores by the campfire. See the recipe below that reveals the “mystery” behind how marshmallows are made!

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