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Golden Graham’s S’mores bars

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Golden Graham’s S’mores Bars: A Campfire Classic Reinvented

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Get ready to embark on a nostalgic journey with a modern twist – Golden Graham’s S’mores Bars! Combining the timeless flavors of graham crackers, gooey marshmallows, and rich chocolate, these bars are a delightful treat reminiscent of cozy campfire nights. Join us as we explore the ingredients, step-by-step instructions, cooking tips, variations, and even keto and low-carb versions of this beloved favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 7 cups Golden Grahams cereal (GV works too)
  • 16 oz mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 Hershey bars

Instructions:

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  1. Prepare the Pan:
    • Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan and set aside.
  2. Melt Butter and Marshmallows:
    • In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
    • Add the mini marshmallows to the melted butter and stir until completely melted and smooth.
  3. Combine Ingredients:
    • Remove the pot from heat and gently fold in the Golden Grahams cereal until evenly coated with the marshmallow mixture.
  4. Press into Pan:
    • Transfer the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press it down firmly using a spatula or your hands to create an even layer.
  5. Layer with Chocolate:
    • Break the Hershey bars into pieces and place them on top of the cereal mixture in the pan.
  6. Set and Cut:
    • Allow the bars to cool and set for at least 1 hour at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
    • Once set, cut into squares or bars and serve.

Cook Notes and Variations:

  • Chocolate Variation: Experiment with different types of chocolate such as milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or even flavored chocolate bars for a unique twist on the classic s’mores flavor.
  • Add-Ins: Enhance the texture and flavor of the bars by adding chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or dried fruit to the cereal mixture before pressing it into the pan.
  • Drizzle Toppings: For an extra indulgence, drizzle melted chocolate, caramel sauce, or peanut butter over the top of the bars before serving.

Keto and Low-Carb Versions:

For those following a keto or low-carb lifestyle, here are some modifications:

  • Keto Version: Substitute the Golden Grahams cereal with a combination of crushed nuts such as almonds or pecans, unsweetened coconut flakes, and a low-carb sweetener. Use sugar-free marshmallows or a homemade keto-friendly marshmallow alternative. Choose sugar-free chocolate bars sweetened with stevia or erythritol.
  • Low-Carb Version: Similar to the keto version, use a mixture of crushed nuts, seeds, and coconut flakes for the cereal base. Opt for sugar-free marshmallows or omit them altogether if preferred. Select low-carb chocolate bars with a higher percentage of cocoa and minimal added sugars.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: Can I use regular marshmallows instead of mini marshmallows? A: Yes, you can use regular-sized marshmallows, but keep in mind that you may need to cut them into smaller pieces to ensure even distribution throughout the bars.

Q: Can I make these bars ahead of time? A: Absolutely! These bars can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, refrigerate them for up to a week or freeze for up to 2 months.

Q: Can I add other ingredients to the bars, such as peanut butter or Nutella? A: Certainly! Feel free to swirl peanut butter, Nutella, or any other desired toppings into the marshmallow mixture before adding the cereal. Just be mindful of the additional sweetness and adjust accordingly.

Experience the magic of a campfire treat without the hassle of outdoor cooking with our Golden Graham’s S’mores Bars! Whether enjoyed as a snack, dessert, or nostalgic indulgence, these bars are sure to evoke memories of summertime adventures and cozy gatherings. Customize them with your favorite chocolate and add-ins, and don’t forget to try out the keto and low-carb versions for a guilt-free treat. Share the joy of these delightful bars with friends and family, and savor every blissful bite!