So one of the things I debated doing for B's birthday party was a S'mores bar. See, we had unfettered access to a grill, but didn't actually plan on grilling for the party. We were going to be a big group and I didn't want B to be stuck grilling at his birthday party, I wanted him to be able to hang out with his friends. But when in NYC do you have access to a grill? I wanted to find a use for it...I was going to find a use for it!!
Enter the marshmallow! Able to be perfectly toasted over a flame when there is a flame nearby. And then why stop at plain marshmallows? Why not make a few flavors? Maybe some chocolate or berry flavored ones, or cinnamon, or coffee? The possibilities were endless!
So I started with some plain vanilla marshmallows. B loves all things vanilla, so that was a good place to start. Plus, they're almost identical to store-bought marshmallows, but way more delicious! Then I started thinking of some other flavors. I thought about some fruity flavored marshmallows, but didn't know how they'd taste toasted, or even with chocolate and sandwiched between graham crackers. Then I decided on some chocolate marshmallows. But I thought that maybe I could come up with another flavor. Coffee sounded great, so I decided on those. But then I thought back to a peanut butter and jelly marshmallow I has seen in the past, and - while I thought fruity marshmallows wouldn't work for this - I thought that peanut butter marshmallows with melted chocolate and graham crackers did sound pretty awesome. So I made a few varieties of marshmallows (1 more than I had planned to make), then bought a few flavors of graham crackers and chocolate bars, and set them up next to the grill for a s'mores making bar!
It was a huge hit! My favorite was a regular graham cracker-cookies n' cream chocolate bar-coffee marshmallow combination!!!