If there is one culinary creation that pairs perfectly with fresh mountain air, it is S'mores. Marshmallows roasted over an outdoor fire until they are perfectly gooey, then squashed between two toasty graham crackers and wilted chocolate - it's the ultimate in high mountain cuisine.
But lately, a division among S'mores connoisseurs has fostered a debate. Stick to the tradition? Or innovate?
Traditionalists make the point that there is no need to improve on perfection. S'mores have already acheived the ultimate ratio of marshmallow-chocolate-graham cracker. Why mess with a good thing?
Innovators counter that S'mores have been stuck in a rut for several decades, and, while there is place for the traditional recipe at every campfire, that new ingredients and creative combinations are bringing the nostalgic treat up to date.
Where do you fall in the great S'mores debate?
Chocolate chip cookies and Thin Mints are innovative additions to the traditional S'mores. Photo and quality control by Lynne Mackenzie.