yay for s’mores!

Earlier this month, Casey of TasteStopping partnered with Regional Best for a gourmet s’mores kit giveaway. Sometimes I enter these blog giveaway contests and sometimes I don’t. It usually just depends on how lucky I’m feeling that day. Well, on May 3rd, I must have been feeling pretty lucky, because I entered. And I won!

The loot included Kitchen Witch vanilla marshmallows, Middlebury Maple Crackers from Castleton Crackers, and Chocolate Puddles from Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates. And, naturally, I had to sample a bit of each – you know, just to ensure quality.

Just to be completely honest with you, I am not a big fan of marshmallows. I like them in my hot chocolate, but that’s pretty much it. I’ve never been one of those people who can polish off a bag of them. But these. These were SO good. Addictive, really.

The Middlebury Maple Crackers were similar in taste to a graham cracker, but much more crunchy and sturdy. The maple sweetness was subtle, but just right.

And, I’m not sure I’ve ever had bad chocolate. The chocolate puddles were definitely no exception. Plus, I love their name. Puddles. Chocolate puddles. I could just say it over, and over, and over…

While I wanted to be creative with these, I really couldn’t think of a better use to hit all the flavors than a good ol’ s’more.

What better way to appreciate the marshmallow than smooshed and melted with chocolate, sandwiched in a crunchy maple sandwich? Rather than wait until our next bonfire opportunity, I did what any good mom would do. I made s’mores for my daughter using the gas stove to roast the skewered marshmallow.

I think I earned serious mommy-brownie points with this.

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Thanks so much to Casey of Tastestopping for coordinating the S’mores Tasting Party. If you haven’t yet had enough chocolate and marshmallow-y goodness (and I hope you haven’t!), please visit these lovely sites for s’more S’mores!

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12 Responses to “yay for s’mores!”

  1. JulieD — June 1, 2010 @ 9:37 am

    Yummy! I love how you captured how messy they can get…but who cares that they’re messy. πŸ™‚

  2. TasteStopping — June 1, 2010 @ 9:50 am

    Oh, your photos are making me crave s’mores right now! I’m so glad that the marshmallows pleasantly surprised you. A fresh marshmallow is hard to describe to anyone who has only had store-bought. It’s a whole different animal! And the other components of this kit, the crackers and the chocolate, are delicious in their own right. Put ’em all together and you definitely have gourmet s’mores!

    Congratulations on winning your Gourmet S’mores Kit from RegionalBest.com and thanks for joining the TasteStopping S’mores Tasting Party!

    Best,
    Casey

  3. Susan J — June 1, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    Love the pic of your daughter with her eyes closed just enjoying that s’more!
    My son showed me his sticky fingers after devouring his. πŸ˜›

  4. Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle — June 1, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    I’m with you regarding marshmallows; not sure there is a reason to just pop one in your mouth plain…weren’t they made expecting we would finish them off with fire?

    Have seen a lot of s’more recipes lately which just led to this random thought…why don’t Girl Scout Cookies offer a s’more cookie…seems a perfect fit; that’s where I had most of my s’more adventures; at camp!

  5. megan — June 1, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

    Oh what fun it is to relive all this s’more goodness. Thanks for sharing. Your daughter looks like she is in heaven!

  6. macaroni mama — June 1, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

    I just found a s’more recipe that put a banana on the chocolate. Sounded good to me.

  7. Magic of Spice — June 1, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

    Congrats! They look wonderful, and funny I test for quality the very same way:)

  8. Congrats on winning the giveaway! S’mores are just one of those childhood treats that you never outgrow. Yours look good enough to eat right from the computer. πŸ™‚

  9. RJ Flamingo — June 1, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

    There is no better judge than a kid with sticky marshmallow/chocolate fingers. πŸ˜‰ Totally fun!

  10. Stephanie — June 2, 2010 @ 12:05 am

    The marshmallows were my favorite part! There’s nothing like fresh marshmallow. Making them at home is pretty magical, I totally recommend trying it!

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  12. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite — June 3, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

    These are totally spectacular! I think I need to source me a gourmet smores kit!!!!

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