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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 November 9, 2020

                      10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                      10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                      Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                      Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                      Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                      If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                      Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                      1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                      Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                      Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                      Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                      2. No Motivation

                      Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                      This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                      If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                      3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                      Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                      A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                      A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                      The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                      4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                      One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                      We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                      Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                      You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

                      5. Upward Comparisons

                      Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                      The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                      These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                      Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                      6. No Alternative

                      This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                      Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                      Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                      Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                      7. Stress

                      As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                      When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                      We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

                      If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

                      8. Sense of Failure

                      People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                      Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                      Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                      If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                      9. The Need to Be All-New

                      People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                      These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                      10. Force of Habit

                      Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                      Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                      These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                      Final Thoughts

                      These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                      There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                      Reference

                      [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                      [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                      [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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