If you’re a 90’s kid like me, you have a few go-to movies. You know the ones. They always make you happy. The ones that take you right back to sleepovers at a friend’s house. Where you played board games and watched “scary” PG-13 movies. I only recently learned, Death Becomes Her, was actually a comedy. Poor old 1993 me thought that was a horror movie for sure. Although, I think Goldie Hawn is looking a lot scarier these days. One of my very very favorite 90’s movies is of course, The Sandlot. I know you all are right there with me. It’s epic. I mean, Wendy Peffercorn is the reason I had to be a lifeguard in high school. Duh. She was the coolest! There are so many legen-wait for it-dary quotes from The Sandlot. My brother and I quote it to this day. That and Independence Day. Also a clutch movie.
Whenever I fondly think of the best movie ever made. One particular snack pops into my head. You guessed it. S’mores.
But, I haven’t had anything yet. So, how can I have s’more of nothing?
You’re killing me, Smalls!
There you have it. Brilliant movie writing folks. Over 20 years later and I still feel like I’m a kid at that campout. Let’s face it. We all love s’mores. What’s not to love? Every kid loves roasting a mallow on a stick and biting into that creamy gooey sticky (burnt if I had it my way) morsel. Did people even eat s’mores before 1993? I’m pretty sure The Sandlot put s’mores on the map. They’re too easy. A summertime staple. And yummy to boot. 3 ingredients and you’re done. As Hamilton “Ham” Porter says, “these are s’more stuff, okay? Pay attention.” Graham crackers, the mallows, and chocolate bars. GET IN MY BELLY. Does anyone else want to raid a summer camp right now? Surely they have s’mores on the reg.
I bet for the most of us-pretending we’re tweens and raiding summer camps just isn’t gonna happen. Have no fear. Lollipops and Honey is here. If you’re unlucky enough to be in a state where you spend your summers on a statewide burning ban, making s’mores can get downright tricky. Dare I say impossible? This week’s #wecookwednesday solves that problem.
We made No Bake S’mores Bars. A few more ingredients than traditional s’mores. But, NO campfire needed. You’ll need butter, graham crackers, powdered sugar, peanut butter, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips. I’m willing to bet you have most of these in your pantry right now. This recipe is a little different than our previous ones and involves some heating. You don’t need to use the stove. Microwave will work! Mr. Mischief and I worked together for this recipe. I lined the casserole dish with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. If you have older kids, they can definitely take over this job for you. He put 1 stick of butter into a BIG bowl and I placed it in the microwave. Here comes the fun part. You’ll need about 2 sleeves of graham crackers (2 cups). He dropped them into a big Ziploc bag and I secured it, while pushing out the air. If you leave the air in-your bag will pop. We both used our hands and smashed the crackers into crumbs. You can use your fists, elbows, feet (if you feel like jumping) and smash away. I poured the bag into the measuring cup. Avoided a massive spill here-it was a lot of graham cracker. He added the cracker crumbies to the butter mixture.
We had an awesome teachable moment here!! I’ve been teaching Mischief sign language since he was a baby. One of our favorite board books that baby sissy uses now has a picture of: crackers. He said crunchy cracker and signed it to me while poking at the dish. I mean you guys. I almost fell over. Heart burst.
You’ll need to add ¾ cup of peanut butter. I did this part because PB is crazy sticky and it kinda stressed him out. However, he had no problem whatsoever eating the PB right from the jar. He’s the apple to my tree. We measured 1 and ½ cups of powdered sugar then added that in too. Now, to stir. You’ll need to help with this part. It’s thick. Mash mash mash. You’re going to play M.A.S.H. like it’s 1993. Workout for the day done! Woo! We measured 3 cups of marshmallows then added those in as well. He probably ate 1 cup of marshmallows at this point. Could I blame him? More workouts. Keep stirring.
Mischief poured the chocolate chips into a bowl with a stick of butter (Ree would be proud). Microwave at 30 second intervals with stirring breaks. Note: watch carefully and don’t burn it. That happened to us too! Face palm! The last step of this recipe calls for the melted chocolate to be poured over the graham cracker base. I did this because the bowl was wicked hot and I didn’t want little man to burn his hands. He used a spatula to spread the chocolate to cover. To finish off, he tossed some extra chocolate chips over the top. Place in fridge to cool for at least 2 hours.
Our recipe did not come out Pinterest picture perfect. But, we had fun and boy did those s’mores taste good. When ready, cut into squares or circles or triangles. Whichever is your favorite way to eat one of the best treats ever invented. You’ll probably need to pull out your VHS copy of The Sandlot to eat these. Okay, okay. Netflix it is. I guess it really isn’t 1993 anymore.
Early Childhood Lessons:
-Language Development /Reading
2 cups crushed graham crackers
2 sticks unsalted butter
¾ cup peanut butter
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
3 cups mini marshmallows
1 bag chocolate chips
Yield: 12 squares
Line a 9x13 casserole dish with aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Add 2 cups of crushed graham crackers to 1 stick melted butter in a large bowl. Spoon in 3/4 cup peanut butter. Stir in 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar till combined. Fold in 3 cups mini marshmallows.
Melt 1 bag chocolate chips with 1 stick butter in microwave. (Tip: melt 1st half of chocolate chips bag with half stick of butter. Then, melt 2nd half of bag with remaining butter to avoid burning.) Pour chocolate mixture over top of graham cracker base. Spread with spatula. Refrigerate to set for minimum of 2 hours.