This Summer, Have "smore" Fun With Family Both Indoors And Out

It's summertime and the living is easy. With summer here, more and more families will be enjoying the great outdoors. Whether you plan a camping trip deep in the woods or a simple picnic in your own backyard, bringing along the ingredients for perfectly toasted S'mores--Hershey's Milk Chocolate, marshmallows and crunchy graham crackers--will ensure your family has "S'more" summer fun.

To make this summer especially sweet and memorable, consider these simple and delicious recipes from www.smoresfun.com.

• The Classic: Place 1/2 of a milk chocolate bar on 1/2 of a graham cracker. Carefully toast a large marshmallow over a campfire, and place on top of the milk chocolate. Top with remaining graham cracker half and gently press together for the quintessential campfire treat.

• Double Decker S'mores: For double the fun, place 1/2 of a milk chocolate bar on 1/2 of a graham cracker and top with a toasted marshmallow. Stack another graham cracker half, the remaining half of the milk chocolate bar and another perfectly toasted marshmallow. Top with 1 more graham cracker half for a toasty treat that's twice as nice.

• Dark Chocolate S'mores: For dark chocolate lovers everywhere, S'mores made with Hershey's Special Dark Semi-Sweet Chocolate are certain to please. Place 1/2 of a dark chocolate bar on 1/2 of a graham cracker, and top with a toasted marshmallow and graham cracker half to experience the darker side of summertime S'mores.

Don't let cloudy skies and rainy days spoil your fun. Why not bring the magic of summertime indoors by hosting a campout in your very own living room? Sleeping bags and campfire stories will make this 'camp in' a night to remember. Consider these unique S'mores recipes for the perfect indoor snack-no campfire required:

• S'mores Ice Cream Pie: This frozen treat will brighten up any night--inside or out. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Stir together 11/4 cups graham cracker crumbs, 1/3 cup butter and 1/4 cup sugar until well blended. Press crumb mixture evenly on bottom and sides of prepared pie plate. Freeze five minutes before filling. Stir together 4 cups of slightly softened vanilla or chocolate ice cream, 3 cups of miniature marshmallows and four Hershey's Milk Chocolate bars, finely chopped. Spoon over crust, cover, and freeze until firm. Soften slightly to serve.

• S'mores Cereal Squares: These easy-to-eat squares are the perfect snack for indoor summer fun. Butter an 8-inch square pan. In a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, bring 1/3 cup light corn syrup to a boil and remove from heat. Add four chocolate bars broken into pieces and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, stirring until chocolate is melted. Gradually fold in 31/2 cups of honey graham cereal and 1 cup of miniature marshmallows until well blended. Press mixture into prepared pan and refrigerate until firm (30 minutes). Cut into squares, and enjoy.

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For additional tips on having "S'more" fun this summer, visit www.smoresfun.com. S'mores are a delicious addition to family fun both indoors and out.