For many people, this is their favorite season. But for the rational, practical people, summer sucks, man.
Every year, without fail, my family (sans my mother, who is rational) begs me to go camping with them in the mountains. They promise several days without cell reception, zero distractions, sunny skies, clean air, yummy grilled food and ultimate tranquility. They talk up how awesome it is to wake up early, go on a nice morning hike while the weather’s nice, spend hours lounging by the lakeside and indulging on gooey s’mores around a crackling fire at night.
However, instead of hearing all of the amazing perks of the great outdoors, my ears have a convenient Anti-Camping filter which helps me weed out the generous “perks” and really hear the serious “cons.”
Mosquitoes eating me for dinner each night.
Not having access to bathrooms. Or if there are bathrooms, there are more spiders in the bathroom stall than should be legal.
Pooping in a hole (see above). Toilets weren’t invented to ignore, yo.
Everything in an ice chest. One of my weird pet peeves is drippy stuff coming from an ice chest. I haaaate it.
Starting a fire from scratch… and then smelling like fire for the next three days.
No showers. Shampooing yourself in a lake does not count, because my shower at home doesn’t have dirt and seaweed at the bottom of it. Or god–fish in it.
The smell of fish.
Being in the middle of nowhere, so if a crazed psychopath decided to rampage our campground, our remains wouldn’t be found for weeks. Or bears would gnaw our bones before investigators could get there. HELL NAH.
No reception. Not that I need to Tweet while camping, but as mentioned above, having reception would help to call the cops should a murderous mountain man start killing us off.
Sleeping on the ground.
Having only a thin sheath of fabric separating you and mountain lions.
Having to properly dispose of trash. It’s not like fifteen brown bears will be swarming around my trashcan at home.
Falling off of a cliff/mountain or drowning in the river/lake.
Scary drunk campers from the neighboring campground who try to start fights and bring rifles over (true story).
And so on.
Thankfully, I don’t have to forfeit my love for s’mores. I can enjoy them in brownie bomb form in the comfort of my own air-conditioned, toilet-and-shower-owning, bear-proof, mountain-man-absent, cell-reception-receiving home. God bless America.
You had to know a S’mores Brownie Bomb version was coming to the blog! These have all the tasty flavors of s’mores but in my signature brownie bomb recipe. Try them today!!
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp milk
- About 2 cups flour
- About ¾ cup miniature chocolate chips
- About 1 &1/2 cups miniature marshmallow bits
- 9×13″ pan brownies, baked and cooled
- 1 pkg chocolate Candiquik
- Graham cracker crumbs
- Make your dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Beat in the vanilla and milk to incorporate.
- Beat in the flour to combine, and lastly, add in the miniature chocolate chips and marshmallow bits, stirring to blend. Roll the dough into Tablespoon-sized balls and place on a foil-rimmed cookie sheet. Freeze until solid, a couple hours, or overnight.
- Cut the cooled brownies into approx. 1″ sized squares. Take a square in the palm of your hand and gently press down to flatten. Wrap the brownie around the frozen cookie dough ball to cover; press the brownie around to help blanket the cookie dough completely. If it doesn’t totally cover it, that’s okay. Return the brownie-covered balls to the baking sheet and freeze for about 20 minutes to set.
- Microwave the Candiquik according to package directions, until smooth. Dip the bombs into the chocolate, coating completely, before returning to the cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle with remaining mini marshmallow bits and graham cracker crumbs.
- Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. Makes approx. 15-18 truffles, depending on the size of the cookie dough and cut brownies.
Oh my gosh, you guys. Of COURSE I want you to make the brownie bombs .. but like me, you may have trouble staying out of the cookie dough bowl! This dough is SO good. The marshmallows, the brown sugary base, the chocolate .. I’m telling you, the dough alone is totally s’morestastic. Then to surround it with another fudgy brownie layer, coat it in chocolate and sprinkle it with buttery cracker crumbs and more plush little marshmallows is just divine. You’ll love these — and won’t need to fight bears for them which is even better 🙂
Have a fantastic day!!