11 Creative S’mores Combinations for National S'mores Day


If you’re anxious to spice up an already perfect fire-forged treat, we’ve got some wild ideas that just might have a place around your campfire.

1. Filled Chocolate S’mores

The easiest way to beef up a three-ingredient treat like a classic s’more is to go hog-wild on a single element. Sure, you could get some fancy graham crackers or a flavored marshmallow, but why not focus on the chocolate? Instead of using a simple slab of the dark stuff, go for an extra-rich piece that comes with its own special fillings, from caramel to peppermint to still more chocolate.

2. The Elvis S'more

Not content to pay special attention to a single ingredient on your s’more? Go for rock 'n roll broke with a new-fangled twist on Elvis Presley’s supposedly favorite sandwich. The big guy loved putting crazy things between bread, particularly bacon, peanut butter, and banana. That's easy enough to replicate on a s’more, thanks to one clever bit: a peanut butter cup. 

3. S’mores Martini

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Although it might be easy and obvious to pile new ingredients on to an existing s’more and call it a day, it’s far more ambitious to take said s’more and turn it inside out for a new taste. How about a s’more martini? Thanks to marshmallow-flavored vodka, a bit of Kahlua, chocolate syrup and a generous graham cracker and chocolate rim, it’s surprisingly easy to make the childhood favorite into an adult treat.

4. S’mores Pops

The unsung hero of the s’more is the graham cracker. It may not get the glory of the chocolate or the marshmallow, but it’s the key to holding things together and making the treat a handheld one. So let’s do away with it, at least in its normal form. Instead of toasting marshmallows and then putting them on chocolate and graham cracker, toast up the mallows and then dip them in chocolate and graham cracker crumbs. Still handheld, albeit with a harder cleanup.

5. S’mores Pie

Graham crackers figure into other desserts, too—like pie!—so combining the two is a bit of a no-brainer. Deconstruct that s’more to make a s’mores pie, complete with a graham cracker crust and a toasted marshmallow top. You’ll need a plate and utensils, but it’s worth it.

6. S’mores Spaghetti

It’s not actual spaghetti—it’s something far tastier: Fake spaghetti made out of chocolate and marshmallow, with little graham cracker bits sprinkled over as fake Parmesan. It sounds almost impossible to make, but it’s definitely one of the wildest takes on s’mores around.

7. S’mores Cookie Sandwiches

If you’re willing to toss out one ingredient, it’s possible to open up a whole new world of s’more-related treats. Hold fast to chocolate and marshmallows, and turn a pair of tasty chocolate chip cookies into a vessel for delivering toasty marshmallows. Please forgive us, graham crackers.

8. S’mores In a Jar

Jar-bound desserts are all the rage now, and while they look impressive and sound kind of insane, they’re relatively easy to make—it just takes a lot of layering. As ever, the trusty graham cracker is the base here, while the fluffy marshmallow is the star.

9. S’mores Macarons

The beloved French pastry has long worked as a scrumptious delivery service for unexpected flavors, and s’mores are no different. Graham cracker dough, a marshmallow center, and a chocolate glaze? It’s nuts, but it’s also a brilliant way to make this stuff instantly high-brow.

10. Graham Cracker Loaded Brownie

Is that? No. It can’t be. It is! It’s a brownie—a treat on its own—loaded up with warm marshmallows, more melted chocolate, and graham cracker crumbles. Turns out, you can make anything into a s’more-flavored treat, as long as you’re willing to load up the ingredients and never look back.

11. S’mores Stuffed French Toast

S’mores may be dessert food, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t have a place on the breakfast table—as long as you’re willing to stuff your French toast with the key ingredients. Two pieces of French toast are filling enough, but when they’re crammed with hot marshmallows, melted chocolate, and some graham cracker bits just for fun, all bets are off. Wild.

Why Tiny 'Hedgehog Highways' Are Popping Up Around London

Hedgehogs as pets have gained popularity in recent years, but in many parts of the world, they're still wild animals. That includes London, where close to a million of the creatures roam streets, parks, and gardens, seeking out wood and vegetation to take refuge in. Now, Atlas Obscura reports that animal activists are transforming the city into a more hospitable environment for hedgehogs.

Barnes Hedgehogs, a group founded by Michel Birkenwald in the London neighborhood of Barnes four years ago, is responsible for drilling tiny "hedgehog highways" through walls around London. The passages are just wide enough for the animals to climb through, making it easier for them to travel from one green space to the next.

London's wild hedgehog population has seen a sharp decline in recent decades. Though it's hard to pin down accurate numbers for the elusive animals, surveys have shown that the British population has dwindled by tens of millions since the 1950s. This is due to factors like human development and habitat destruction by farmers who aren't fond of the unattractive shrubs, hedges, and dead wood that hedgehogs use as their homes.

When such environments are left to grow, they can still be hard for hedgehogs to access. Carving hedgehog highways through the stone partitions and wooden fences bordering parks and gardens is one way Barnes Hedgehogs is making life in the big city a little easier for its most prickly residents.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

Big Questions
Where Should You Place the Apostrophe in President's Day?

Happy Presidents’ Day! Or is it President’s Day? Or Presidents Day? What you call the national holiday depends on where you are, who you’re honoring, and how you think we’re celebrating.

Saying "President’s Day" infers that the day belongs to a singular president, such as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthdays are the basis for the holiday. On the other hand, referring to it as "Presidents’ Day" means that the day belongs to all of the presidents—that it’s their day collectively. Finally, calling the day "Presidents Day"—plural with no apostrophe—would indicate that we’re honoring all POTUSes past and present (yes, even Andrew Johnson), but that no one president actually owns the day.

You would think that in the nearly 140 years since "Washington’s Birthday" was declared a holiday in 1879, someone would have officially declared a way to spell the day. But in fact, even the White House itself hasn’t chosen a single variation for its style guide. They spelled it “President’s Day” here and “Presidents’ Day” here.

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Maybe that indecision comes from the fact that Presidents Day isn’t even a federal holiday. The federal holiday is technically still called “Washington’s Birthday,” and states can choose to call it whatever they want. Some states, like Iowa, don’t officially acknowledge the day at all. And the location of the punctuation mark is a moot point when individual states choose to call it something else entirely, like “George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day” in Arkansas, or “Birthdays of George Washington/Thomas Jefferson” in Alabama. (Alabama loves to split birthday celebrations, by the way; the third Monday in January celebrates both Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert E. Lee.)

You can look to official grammar sources to declare the right way, but even they don’t agree. The AP Stylebook prefers “Presidents Day,” while Chicago Style uses “Presidents’ Day.”

The bottom line: There’s no rhyme or reason to any of it. Go with what feels right. And even then, if you’re in one of those states that has chosen to spell it “President’s Day”—Washington, for example—and you use one of the grammar book stylings instead, you’re still technically wrong.

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