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Campfire Strawberries Will Make You Forget About S’mores

The deliciousness of s’mores has two parts. First is the heavenly combination of toasted marshmallows, graham crackers, and melted chocolate. Second is the fun and anticipation of roasting the marshmallow over a campfire. If you’ve ever tried making s’mores at home in the microwave, you know that nothing could beat the camping version. The biggest downside to s’mores, however, is that they aren’t very healthy. They’re awesome for the occasional treat but not ideal for the health-conscious. So give a big welcome to another sweet treat to roast over the fire: Campfire Strawberries. 

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About the Recipe

The recipe is simple, requiring only strawberries and marshmallow fluff. The latter ingredient isn’t very healthy, but it’s naturally gluten- and dairy-free, so at least it’s allergen-friendly. Plus, strawberries are packed with beneficial nutrients on their own. So don’t feel guilty about taking seconds or thirds of this toasted dessert.

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Additionally, you could also opt to use homemade meringue instead of marshmallow fluff. Meringue contains less sugar, but it requires much more time and effort than opening a container of fluff. Additionally, meringue tastes lighter and not as overwhelmingly sweet, giving more of the spotlight to the strawberries.

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Speaking of which, strawberries contain numerous health benefits. They are low in carbs due to their high water content. They are also rich in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. [1] Be sure to choose fresh and juicy strawberries with this dessert for optimal flavor. The heat from the fire will caramelize the juices in the berry, and it becomes decadent when paired with the marshmallow or meringue.

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If you’d like to make these Campfire Strawberries a little more like s’mores, add a drizzle of melted chocolate to each toasted berry. Chocolate and strawberries are already a match made in heaven; just wait until you try it with roasted marshmallow in between!

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Like s’mores and other campfire favorites, these strawberries are super fun for kids to make. They’ll love roasting the strawberries over the campfire, and with any luck, they’ll share some of their creations with you. Oh, and if you run out of strawberries, bring out the peaches. Slices peaches pair deliciously with toasted marshmallow fluff; it tastes like a sweeter and smokier version of peaches and cream. 

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Recipe for Campfire Strawberries

Recipe by Lindsay Funston at Delish

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Ingredients

  • 24 strawberries
  • 1 cup marshmallow fluff*
  • Optional: melted chocolate

Instructions

  1. Wash strawberries and pat them dry. Stick a skewer into the top of each berry.
  2. Spoon the marshmallow fluff into a microwave-safe bowl and heat it for 5–10 seconds or until melted. It should be spreadable but not runny.
  3. Dip a strawberry into the melted fluff, ensuring about ¾ of the berry is covered. Toast the marshmallow fluff over a campfire or stove-top flame until it turns golden brown.
  4. Repeat with each berry.
  5. If desired, drizzle each Campfire Strawberry with melted chocolate and enjoy!

*Notes on the marshmallow fluff: Some versions of this recipe use meringue instead of marshmallow fluff. If you’d prefer a version of Campfire Strawberries with less processed sugar (or if you just don’t have marshmallow fluff on hand), here is the recipe for you.

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Meringue Recipe

Recipe by Faith Durand by the Kitchn

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Ingredients

  • 2 or more egg whites
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar for each egg white

Instructions

  1. Place the egg whites, salt, cream of tartar, and vanilla into the bowl of a stand mixer. Start to mix at low speed.
  2. As the whites start to look opaque, start adding the sugar in small amounts. 
  3. Continue adding the sugar, and slowly increase the speed of the mixer. The egg whites will turn into an opaque foam and gently hold their shape. 
  4. As you continue mixing, the egg whites will get to the soft peak stage, where they hold soft peaks on a spoon. They are still quite soft, and the peaks will easily slump over.
  5. The next stage is a firm peak, where the egg whites look much glossier with a tight surface. They will hold peaks, and only the tiny tips will flip over.
  6. The final stage is a stiff peak, where the meringue can hold almost any shape. It will hold sharp points in the bowl while still being stiff and glossy. To the touch, it should feel smooth and silky and not grainy from the sugar.

Use the meringue in place of marshmallow fluff in the Campfire Strawberries recipe, except you don’t need to heat it in the microwave. Simply start dipping the berries into the meringue and get toasting!

Keep Reading: People Are Roasting Cinnamon Rolls Over A Campfire And It’s Pure Genius

Source

  1. “Strawberries 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits.” Healthline. Adda Bjarnadottir, MS, RDN (Ice). March 27, 2019
Sarah Biren
Freelance Writer
Sarah is a baker, cook, author, and blogger living in Toronto. She believes that food is the best method of healing and a classic way of bringing people together. In her spare time, Sarah does yoga, reads cookbooks, writes stories, and finds ways to make any type of food in her blender.
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