I couldn’t believe that my brother gave my Mom the assignment to do S’mores for our Wells family reunion. Not that there is anything wrong with my Mom, she makes delicious S’mores, but we were having our family reunion at a condo in Park City, Utah and Park City is known for it’s amazing skiing not fire pits and marshmallow sticks.
But I wasn’t in charge of the family reunion this year and I decided that I shouldn’t say anything and so I just kept my mouth shut and waited to see what would happen. (My brothers are laughing as they read this.)
When I saw how my Mom set everything up I was very impressed. We got out the barbeque grill and then she arranged all the S’more making supplies on a plastic covered card table.
We used wood skewers for making Shiskabobs.
Mom thought of everything- marshmallows, chocolate and crackers. She even remembered the “Peeps” for roasted Peeps.
So thanks to my Mom’s organization and creative thinking, the Wells family had S’mores at our family reunion.
The lesson I learned from my Mom, and my brother too, is that even though tradition is a great thing, don’t hesitate to think “outside the box” and try old traditions in a new way.
And while your eating your S’mores try listening to the S’more song- Catchy S’more Song for a little “non-traditional” fun.
My daughter and I made a quick dash to Walmart today looking for a good, quality, American made Badminton set- we didn’t find one of those but we did find… Tah-dah- Campfire brand “Zebra” marshmallows.
I’m always on the look out for new treats to eat around the family reunion campfire (last year I was disappointed by those giant marshmallows introduced for the camping season) and these little bite size goodies looked too interesting to pass up.
I haven’t tried roasting them over the fire yet but I can tell you that the one I sampled out of the bag was delicious. They are pretty little though not as small as a miniature marshmallow and they are drizzled with dark chocolate.
The package tells us that Zebra marshmallows are great for S’mores though you will need to use 3 or 4 marshmallows per S’more. Since they are already drizzled with chocolate, maybe we won’t need a chocolate bar. Oh, my kids are NEVER going to go for that!
What a surprise I received Saturday when I dropped by my Mother-in-laws house. She had invited a few of her great-grand children over for an Easter celebration and they were having a grand old time roasting PEEPS marshmallow candies over an open fire.
There’s something unsettling about that for me- I mean WHO would roast those sweet little marshmallow chicks and bunnies over a FIRE? And why would Grandma, of all people, encourage such a dastardly thing? The thought of sweet, innocent children putting a skewer through a marshmallow chick or bunny and roasting it over an open flame makes me cringe.
So what’s all this craziness about? Roasted PEEPS! According to Grandma- everyone is doing it. PEEPS are marshmallows with sugar on top! When you roast them, the sugar caramelizes to make a hard crunchy shell.
As Easter draws to a close and family reunion season quickly approaches and all the pastel candy starts crowding the supermarket and drugstore shelves, consider buying some extra Peeps now for a Peep Roast at your reunion.
One thought- Peep S’mores? Does that make them S’meeps?