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Just in time for Memorial Day cookouts... Inspired by a recipe I found on realsimple.com, these bite-sized s’mores are a great warm-weather answer to their toasty, campfire weather counterparts. All you need are large marshmallows, chocolate sauce, graham crackers, and a few pint-sized helpers to pitch in putting it all together.

The only cooking involved is in making the chocolate sauce. The Real Simple recipe calls for fewer ingredients, but it didn't quite work for me (mine turned out lumpy and not very fluid, but maybe I was doing it wrong?). I substituted with a recipe for chocolate sauce my mom used to make. Dessert was always a treat, but when she made this sauce to serve over ice cream, we felt like the luckiest kids on earth.

Turns out, it works on marshmallows, too. Just be sure and cool it before dipping the marshmallows so it doesn’t melt them (gooey marshmallows are only good in the campfire version) and so any little ones helping don’t burn their little fingers.

See below recipe. Here's to a happy summer!

P.S. Got any other great summer recipes? Send them along--we're always looking for new ideas.

Summer S’mores

Ingredients
1 ½  squares unsweetened chocolate
1/4 cup unsalted butter or margarine
2/3 cup sugar
1 small can condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1-2 packages large marshmallows
8-10 graham crackers, crushed

In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate and the margarine over low heat. Add the sugar and the milk. Cook over medium heat until the mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Cool to just warm or room temperature, or chill in the refrigerator for a half an hour.

One at a time, dip marshmallows in chocolate until one end is coated. Top immediately with graham cracker crumbles. Chill for one to two hours and serve cold.  

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