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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 March 25, 2020

                      How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                      How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                      When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                      So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                      1. Exercise

                      It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                      2. Drink in Moderation

                      I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                      3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                      Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                      4. Watch Less Television

                      A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                      Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                      5. Eat Less Red Meat

                      Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                      If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                      6. Don’t Smoke

                      This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                      7. Socialize

                      Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                      8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                      Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                      9. Be Optimistic

                      Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                      10. Own a Pet

                      Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                      11. Drink Coffee

                      Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                      12. Eat Less

                      Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                      13. Meditate

                      Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                      Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                      14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                      Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                      15. Laugh Often

                      Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                      16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                      Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                      17. Cook Your Own Food

                      When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                      Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                      18. Eat Mushrooms

                      Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                      19. Floss

                      Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                      20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                      Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                      Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                      21. Have Sex

                      Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                      Reference

                      [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                      [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                      [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                      [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                      [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                      [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                      [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                      [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                      [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                      [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                      [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                      [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                      [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                      [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                      [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                      [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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