Indoor S’mores

Every year for my husband’s birthday, which happens to fall over Labor Day, we rent a cabin in the Catskills and enjoy a few days of the beautiful outdoors. Since we live in New Jersey just outside of Manhattan, the escape to the solace of the mountains and woods is something we look forward to every year. Admittedly, I like that the cell phone service is spotty. It makes the decision for me to stay off my phone and connect with the people I’m with. Don’t get me wrong, as a blogger and Instagrammer I love the connectivity, but sometimes we all need a few days to step back and disconnect. This year, we went with another couple and rented a new cabin and had an absolute blast. The babbling brook was the perfect soundtrack to our morning coffee (ok there were mimosas thrown in there) and by night we built a large fire in the newly installed fire pit. Oh, something about the outdoors? Wildlife. I definitely got a little on edge when a huge pack of coyotes howled by sounding like they were just an arms reach away. And a rouge skunk helped himself to a bit a food we accidentally left out. But this is our yearly escape and each year we learn a bit more about making a successful cabin vacation.

If you find yourself around a campfire you’re probably not too far away from s’mores ingredients. But, as you read above, we live just outside of Manhattan. City-dwellers and anyone without access to a background deserve the pleasure of a delicious chocolaty marshmallowy s’more too, right? Right.

Now, you’re never going to guess where this recipe is from. Go ahead, make a guess.

Did you guess Richard Simmons? The Sweatin’ to the Oldies Richard Simmons? Didn’t think so.

When we were kids my mom bought a few of his cookbooks, one of them being dedicated totally to desserts called Sweetie Pie and this is his recipe for an indoor s’more. The chocolate spread is addicting. I promise you, make these once and they’re going to be a recipe you return to over and over. Did I mention they take less than 10 minutes to make?

A note about marshmallow fluff, I found it in my grocery store down the baking aisle on the very bottom shelf near the spices and sugar.

Yields 5 S’mores
-1/4 cup semisweet morsels
-3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
-1 tablespoon cocoa powder
-1 tablespoon powdered sugar
-Graham crackers
-Marshmallow Fluff

1. In a small pot over medium-low heat, melt the chocolate morsels and sweetened condensed milk.  Once melted, turn off heat and stir in the cocoa and powdered sugar.

2. To assemble, spread chocolate mixture onto one graham cracker and desired amount of marshmallow fluff on the other, combine to create your s’more. The amount of fluff really depends on your taste!

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