I used to be that girl who Instagrammed the first PSL of the season. I “unlocked” our local Starbucks on September 1, by using the password “PSL” – single-handedly providing the joys of pumpkin and autumn to my neighborhood – a week earlier than PSL is technically supposed to be available.
I guess I’ve mellowed a bit in my older age. I still enjoy wearing roomy sweaters and leggings and UGGs instead of swimsuits and jean shorts, but lament the loss of a prolonged evening and a 9 p.m. sunset. Also, a huge reason to love the summer is ….
S’mores. S’mores are the most delicious, simple, nostalgic dessert. Everyone has their own “memory food,” but I’ll bet you s’mores are on at least 85% of Americans’ lists. To me, s’mores are late summer nights – time with friends and family – the smell of campfire on a sweatshirt or in my hair. For many of my birthdays, my family would fire-up the hibachi in the driveway, invite my friends over (all on summer break), and we’d stay up, eat s’mores and watch movies. In fact, that was my bachelorette party. We watched the Incredibles. I made s’mores with Ghirardelli caramel filled chocolate bars.
Because eating s’mores is more than just the flavor to me, I’ve eaten them through all seasons – I’ve roasted marshmallows over candles in the winter with a chopstick, in the oven on top of “s’more brownies” for potlucks, microwaved, grilled, etc.
So in honor of eternal summer, even as we head into fall – and because I missed s’mores on my birthday since I was in Rome – I made these s’more bars for myself and my office. They are chewy, buttery, sweet. Less crunchy and more chocolatey than the original, but they make a good treat if you’re not around a campfire.