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10 Surprising Ways To Make S’Mores

10 Surprising Ways To Make S’Mores

S’mores are a popular campfire treat that will be known to most Americans and Canadians. Your average, run-of-the-mill s’more would normally consist of a fire-roasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate which is altogether sandwiched between two pieces of Graham Crackers.

Now, some people would say this way is perfect as it is and would think that anyone who even considers mixing up the traditional recipe should be banished from the S’more fan club forever. These people are more than entitled to their opinion, the original recipe is pretty darn good, but when you hear about these further 10 ways you could make S’mores it’s hard to not feel at least a little bit hungry at the thought of them…

The PB&J S’More

Mixing two old-school favorites together is dangerous territory but just wait till you try it.

For this, you’re going to stick with the marshmallows and graham crackers but replace with chocolate with – wait for it – peanut butter and jelly. Spread the peanut butter and jelly on the insides of both crackers (we’re gonna leave it to you to decide in what order) and use the marshmallow in the middle. Thanks to Target for this idea!

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    Cheese String’More

    Yeah, we started pretty safe with the last one but now all hell is breaking loose. Anyone for a cheesy S’More?

    Nick O’Malley from MassLive tried this one out and rated it a solid 7.5 out of 10 which means it could be worth a try, surely? Nick decided to stick with the traditional, tried and tested ingredients of the S’More but added some string cheese to the equation. The result was a more mellow and creamy taste to the campfire classic.

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      The S.S.S (Salty Sweet Savory) S’More

      Here’s the deal: mixing sweet and savory together is a taste sensation like no other so it’s not fair that S’Mores miss out on such a delight either.

      This time we’re going for a salted caramel and bacon flavored S’More. Denise over at Sweet Peas and Saffron insists this is a great variation to try, and should only take you around 10 minutes prep time. By adding a slice of bacon and a generous drizzle of caramel sauce, you’ll be taken to S’More heaven.

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        The Savory Prosciutto S’More

        Now, the Kitchn label this as a S’More but we’re not entirely convinced.

        Either way, the idea behind this one is we’re going for a bit of a slightly healthier version of the S’More. We’re throwing out the marshmallows and chocolate (but WHY?!) and replacing the graham crackers with wheat crackers too whilst we’re at it. The new ingredients for this one are goats cheese and prosciutto ham – because we’re fancy. Vegetarians could take the ham out and replace it with spinach or a nice mix of tomato and basil. Hmm…

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          Elvis S’Moresley

          It’s a well-known fact that Elvis had a fondness for peanut butter, bacon and banana sandwiches so naturally, S’Mores are having some of the fun too.

          Little Yankee Homestead made this recipe using honey wheat grain crackers, Hershey’s chocolate, Reese’s peanut butter cups, bananas and marshmallows. Perhaps the king of all S’Mores.

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            Chocolate Brownie S’Mores

            Why have a normal S’More when you can have a brownie version?!

            Thanks to Buns In My Oven for the super-delicious idea of turning S’Mores into brownies. The recipe is so simple that we’re considering going out and buying an all-in-one brownie kit and just making this right now. Place a single layer of graham crackers in the bottom of a pan and top with the brownie mix. Five minutes before they’re done, top with a layer of marshmallows. Perfection!

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              Cookie S’Mores!!!

              Yes you heard right: COOKIE and S’MORES.

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              Two Peas and Their Pod have the perfect recipe for making some adorable mini s’mores cookies. Made with graham cracker crumbs, mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and your normal list of ingredients for making cookies. You’ll never go back once you try these beauties.

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                Shaken but not S’Mored

                If you’re not content with eating enough S’Mores, then you can now drink them too.

                A delicious recipe that comes courtesy of The Food Network, you can make your very own S’More Martini – with cinnamon flavored vodka! Toasted marshmallows are considered optional, but we’re pretty sure they’re compulsory for this drink.

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                  Anyone for S’more Ice Cream Cake?

                  Sometimes, one or two S’More’s just don’t fit the bill so how about making a massive S’More ice cream cake instead?

                  Anyone with a big appetite and 8 hours to fill needs to check out this amazing recipe from How Sweet Eats which tells you how you can make your very own ice cream cake version of a S’More. You’re going to need a lot of chocolate, marshmallows, butter, chocolate and crackers for this one.

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                  It looks like a messy delight and the recipe SAYS it can serve 6-8 people but that just sounds like a challenge to us.

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                    S’More Spaghetti…?!?!

                    Yes, your eyes did not deceive you. S’Mores Spaghetti are real.

                    The guys over at DudeFoods and the Molecular Gastronomy Network, who specialize in the specific study of the chemical and physical process that occur in cooking, have found a way of making S’mores in spaghetti form. Anyone who feels like taking their S’More obsession to new heights and fancies a technical challenge should definitely check this one out. Chocolate noodles? We’re in.

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                      I don’t know about you, but we’re pretty hungry now.

                      Featured photo credit: John Lustig via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on June 20, 2019

                      Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                      Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                      There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

                      More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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                      Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

                      You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

                      During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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                      Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

                      Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

                      The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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                      This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

                      Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

                      The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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                      This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

                      This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

                      Conclusion

                      While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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