When I was younger, the highlight of Guide camp for me would be the evening of the bin fire. It wasn’t quite a campfire, in that the flames served a dual purpose for licking at marshmallows to toast them to a crisp but to also heat the vast metal bin that held the water for our nightly wash. Before we soaked sticky fingers and washed dirt from our faces, we had marshmallow sandwiches. Sat around the fire singing songs in our camp blankets, tin foil sausages of banana and chocolate would be thrown into the ashes to melt into a gooey puddle to prise at with a fork. And those marshmallows, carefully added to large prongs would be thrust into the flames, mostly charring and bubbling over. You were handed two digestive biscuits and used them like oven mitts to prise a molten marshmallow off the skewer and into the middle to eat as a sweet nighttime sandwich. It tasted of smoke, crisp and burnt on the outside, soft and elasticky in the middle. Your camp blanket would be covered in crumbs and marshmallow smears but you didn’t care too much.
It took me years to realise our marshmallow sandwiches were really American s’mores without the square of chocolate. It became ritualistic, long after Guide camps ended, that the last embers of a barbeque were for toasting bags of marshmallows in pink and white and stuck between any biscuits to be found in the cupboard. It’s such a simple combination, but every taste reminds me of smokey cups of cocoa, singing songs, soggy wellies, sleeping bags and never enough blankets. So in time for Bonfire Night, a campfire of sorts with a Guy on the bonfire, fireworks and the dull pop of sparklers, I wanted to create a recipe that evoked those memories of camp. These brownies are dense and fudgey, full of soft and crumbly biscuit pieces and covered in marshmallows, some crispy and toasted and others soft. A sprinkle of popping candy bring real fireworks to the tastebuds and a literal sparkler in the centre makes a slab of brownie a November 5 showstopper. I hope this taste of my childhood marshmallow sandwiches will go down a storm at your Bonfire Party – luckily you won’t have to line up for a scoop of hot water afterwards to wash the crumbs off your face.
I worked with Dean’s of Huntly to create these fudgey S’mores Brownies for their recipe section on the Dean’s website. You can find the recipe for them here.
Patricia Stelmach says
They look brilliant, such a great idea! Thank you for sharing.
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In Germany we Never make marshmallows over bonfires as much as Americans do it. That needs to be changed!
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Thank you Nad, I agree that has to be changed! Nothing better than a crispy toasted marshmallow that tastes smokey from a fire! Thanks for stopping by x
Oh, would my kids love these…
I’m sure they would rachel, who wouldn’t want a brownie covered in biscuits, marshmallows and popping candy! Thanks for stopping by!
These look absolutely yummy!
Abigail Alice x
Thanks Abigail, they’re really tasty!
Oh my goodness these look incredible! I always want to bake after reading your blog, I should just do it already!
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Victoria Pease says
You totally should! It’s very easy, no fancy mixers or anything required, just a big bowl, a whisk and plenty of sweet treats to stuff them with!
Must be the year of the smore. I have seen cookies, pie, cake and now brownies. Love them all.
So glad you approve Candy! I love a good chocolate marshmallow biscuit concoction!
This looks so delicious Victoria, I will try to these out myself!! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Sabrina hope you give them a try!
Charlotte Carter says
These look so delish!!
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Thank you Charlotte!
Oh my god they look absolutely delicious! Weirdly I have never have Smores in my life – it’s just not a thing here in Austria I guess. Definitely gotta try this though. Looks so good.
Thanks Kerstin, technically I’ve never had a proper one either as you can’t get Graham Crackers in the UK and the nearest equivalent is a digestive, but I thought malted milks might make a nice change here! It’s a good way to get a taste for them though for sure!
Jayd Alice says
YAAAAAASSSS these look delish! I had one of these in Starbucks yesterday but I’d love to make my own so I’ll definitely be trying this recipe 🙂 x
Haha, love this comment so much! I actually only noticed them in Starbucks myself the other day, so will need to give their version a taste test – although I don’t think it comes with the fun of popping candy and sparklers!
I just want to jump headfirst into it. epic! Thanks for sharing, it looks so good x
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Headfirst into a slab of brownie, mmm it’s the stuff of dreams! Thanks Kiran!
Yes I remember s’mores, those things are amazing! I don’t thinking I’ve had one since I was a kid. S’more brownies are such a good idea, they look incredible!
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Thanks Alice, love it when food evokes memories from childhood – just makes them even more special 🙂
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
Yum, these brownies look delicious! I’m going to add this to my must make list and enjoy them later! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Pamela hope you enjoy them!
Oh my god looks so good, drooling over here !
Anika May says
This is such an awesome idea, lovely post!
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Thank you Anika!
Luke Antony Neville says
These look absolutely amazing!! Love it! Thanks for sharing Victoria!
Thanks very much!