I am sad to see that the official end of summer is here. I know for most, the sign of summer ending is when school starts up again (which happened several weeks ago here). But for me (since I haven't been a student for quite some time and have no kiddos yet that would be starting school) the 'offical' end of summer is Labor Day. Labor Day allows for one final hurrah, BBQ, and pool party before the weather starts to cool (even though actually here in Texas we will still have warm temps well into October; in fact I remember many a Christmas cutting down our Christmas tree wearing shorts and a T-shirt)!
Well to celebrate the end of summer, or I guess to wish it a sad farewell until next year, I will be hosting a Kitchen Concoctions week long Farwell To Summer. Every day this week (YES, every day!) I will be sharing a summer related/inspired recipe. I mean peaches and strawberries will still be 'in season' for a little bit longer here, so who says we can't keep eating these summer treats for just a little bit longer!
And to be honest with ya, these are recipes I have been making all summer and have just not gotten around to blogging about them. Sooo, I thought I had better share them quick, while there is still time to make these delicious summer treats and before we get too far into soup and pumpkin eating season!
First up: SMORES! Smores are probably one of my favorite treats. Who could not love the combination of rich chocolate, sweet and sticky marshmallows, and the crunch of a sweet graham cracker. And while many associate this treat with summer BBQs and campouts this treat brings me right back to my childhood and bonfires we used to make in the fall at my Uncle's ranch.
Well a few weeks a go I was craving this favorite, childhood classic but I had two problems. 1.) No bonfire and 2) I did not want to use my stove in any form or fashion because it was over 100 degrees out. So I created this Smores Candy Bar (as so named by Eric)! It encompasses all those wonderful and magical childhood flavors (and memories) that I love! This candy bar totally cured my Smores craving and was SUPER easy to make too!
Smores Candy Bar
by Heather of Kitchen Concoctions
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
6 whole graham crackers
1 heaping cup of mini marshmallows
Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Spray foil with non-stick spray.
Microwave the chocolate and sweetened condensed milk in a microwavable bowl on high for 2 minutes, or until chocolate is almost melted. Stir chocolate after 2 minutes, until the chocolate is melted. Blend in the vanilla. Let cool slightly, for approximately 1-2 minutes.
Break the graham crackers into pieces, but not crumbs. Toss graham cracker pieces and marshmallows in a bowl with powdered sugar. Pour melted chocolate mixture over graham cracker and marshmallow mixture. Stir to evenly coat.
Spread the fudge/candy mixture into the prepared pan. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Cut into 20 squares. Store leftovers in airtight container in refrigerator.
Heather of Kitchen Concoctions
Hi my name is Heather and I am a Texas gal who has been developing family friendly recipes since the tender age of nine in my Mom’s kitchen. Kitchen Concoctions allows me to share my love of cooking with others and express myself in the kitchen and through my other passion, writing! Kitchen Concoctions features fast, fresh, affordable, family friendly recipes as well as cooking tips and tricks, step-by-step how-to’s, party planning and entertaining tips, restaurant reviews, product reviews and giveaways. So kick back, grab a snack and stay awhile! From my kitchen to yours, heres to good eats!