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No summer is complete without at least one or two S’mores.
I mean is there anything so carefree and indulgent as a gooey toasted marshmallow and melted chocolate sandwiched between two crunchy graham crackers?
The original smores combo is classic and a stroke of genius in-and-of-itself. Invented by a Girls Scouts way back in 1927 this campfire treat has stood the test of time for good reason.
But when I was gently nudged by my partners at Sparkling Ice to create some outrageously good new s’mores, I jumped at the chance to up my roasted marshmallow game.
The one requirement? They all had to be paired with the fizzy fruity flavors of Sparkling Ice Flavored Water.
Not a problem. I found lots of refreshing flavors of Sparkling Ice® 17oz bottles at my local Vons and I knew I could come up with some perfect matches.
Have you tried Sparkling Ice? It is bubbly water that is naturally flavored, has zero sugar, and added antioxidants and vitamins.
It’s a great alternative to sugary sodas and tastes amazing! My kids favorite flavors are Kiwi Strawberry and Pomegranate Blueberry but I’m more of a Strawberry Watermelon kind of gal.
While at Vons browsing for my favorite Sparkling Ice flavors I also picked up lots of goodies to create the ultimate s’mores combinations.
I stuck with the traditional Honey Graham Cracker and let my imagination run wild from there.
The Sparkling Ice + Smores pairings I came up with are epic! Keep scrolling for some major campfire inspiration.
1. The Original S’mores
There’s no mistaking the classic combination of milk chocolate, honey graham crackers, and toasted marshmallow.
Another classic? Lemonade! Sparkling Ice Lemonade was our favorite pairing with this one.
2. Lemon Meringue Pie
Swap milk chocolate for creamy white chocolate in these Lemon Meringue Pie Smores.
A dollop of lemon curd goes on for the finishing sweet-tart touch.
If you don’t have a campfire or fire pit, you can still toast marshmallows over the flames of your grill!
As for the drink pairing? We were smitten with Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple for this one.
3. The Elvis
Talk about a hunk of burning love: Milk chocolate + toasted marshmallow + peanut butter + wait for it….candied. bacon.
To candy the bacon I laid strips of bacon on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkled the top with brown sugar then baked them until crispy in a 375°F oven (about 10-15 minutes).
Or make a batch of my Tequila Brown Sugar Bacon.
We went with Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry for this indulgent combo.
4. Salted Carmel
Top the classic milk chocolate, toasted marshmallow combo with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce and a sprinkle of good, coarse Himalayan Pink salt for a sophisticated spin.
I toasted the marshmallows for these inside over the flame of my gas stove. If you have a gas range, just remove the grate and make sure you have long metal skewers so you don’t burn yourself.
This one we loved with the equally sophisticated flavor of Sparkling Ice Black Cherry.
5. Candy Bar
Hands down the kids’ favorite was the Candy Bar S’mores.
They went for swapping out the milk chocolate for Twix, I was more of an Almond Joy fan but really I can’t think of a candy bar that wouldn’t be good stuffed inside a s’more.
Since we’re going all the way with this sweet dessert, why not pair it with Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry?
6. Mexican Hot Chocolate
For this spicy smores recipe I used Abuelita chocolate instead of the traditional milk chocolate then dusted the toasted marshmallow with arbol chili powder and ground cinnamon.
We liked to cool the heat of this one with the tropical flavors of Sparkling Ice Orange Mango.
7. Boozy Berry
For adults only.
I soaked ripe, juicy raspberries in mezcal for about an hour then piled them on a smore with a honey graham cracker, white chocolate, and a toasted marshmallow.
As a sipper, I liked the darker flavors of Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry.
There will be some mezcal and raspberry juice leftover from soaking the berries which would make a delicious impromptu cocktail combined with the Sparkling Ice.
8. Coconut Cajeta
Cajeta is a Mexican caramel sauce made with goat’s milk. It has a burnt milk sugar flavor that is like no other and is incredible with toasted coconut.
This is the only S’more that I used dark chocolate. I just loved the bitter notes of the darker chocolate with the sweetness of the Cajeta and marshmallow.
We enjoyed the refreshing tang of Sparkling Ice Pink Grapefruit alongside this s’more recipe.
9. Chocolate Malt
Fancy s’mores have their place but there is no easier way to up the ante than a generous sprinkle of malted milk powder.
I promise you’ll be one happy camper.
This one is rich, so the refreshing flavor of Sparkling Ice Cherry Limeade were great here!
10. Café de Olla
Café de Olla is Mexican spiced coffee that is lightly sweetened with piloncillo and gently brewed with star anise and cinnamon.
This was my favorite smore.
Not too sweet, swapping the milk chocolate for chopped chocolate-covered espresso beans, toasted marshmallow, and a dusting of ground cinnamon and ground anise.
Sparkling Ice Grape Raspberry was a perfect accompaniment.
11. Strawberry Cheesecake
This one was a surprise hit.
At first I tried it with sweetened cream cheese but it actually was better with a smear of whipped, regular cream cheese which tamed the sweetness of the strawberry jam and toasted marshmallow.
This is the perfect S’mores for anyone who doesn’t like chocolate. It’s so rich and delicious there’s none needed.
Try it with Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade or Strawberry Watermelon flavor!
12. Choco Banana
Freeze slices of ripe banana for this last one.
When the frozen banana meets the melty chocolate and toasted marshmallow. Oh these are next level smores baby!!
For this twist we thought the Strawberry Lemonade Sparkling Ice was just perfect.
You Will Never See S’mores the Same Again
Are you inspired? I hope you give these combinations a try or at least they give you plenty of reason to come up with your own new Smores recipes. When you do toast up those marshmallows make sure you snap a pic and tag me @holajalapeno or #holajalapeno on Instagram.
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