Over the weekend, we had some friends over for a night of chili, s'mores and Pictionary. As I write this, I feel compelled to assure you that it was probably ten times more awesome than it sounds. My favorite part of the evening was when we all gathered around the table to roast s'mores - that's right, s'mores. Indoors, sans the campfire, minus the freezing cold temps, and with a sink just feet away to immediately wash the sticky gunk from your hands. Don't get me wrong, I love camping and campfires and roasting s'mores while snuggled under a sleeping bag, but being able to eat delicious roasted mallows without having to plan a trip, or build a fire outside during the middle of November, was pretty darn awesome. I would even go as far as saying that they actually tasted just as good as the outdoor version. I would highly recommend trying it out. Here's how it goes...
* Gather the standard grahams, chocolate bars and marshmallows. Easy.
* Buy a can of sterno from the party store. This only cost me $1.49. Cooking food over a flaming-strange-goopy-blue chemical sounds slightly hazardous, you say? I thought the same thing, but I did a tiny bit of research, and it's basically alcohol in a gel form. As long as you don't ingest the actual goo and you don't spread the highly-flammable stuff all over yourself, you should be just fine. Be aware that you cannot just blow this stuff out. You have to save the lid so you can snuff it out. Be careful. They are very real, very hot flames ;)
* Get some little sticks or use a fondue set, like I did! Make sure that the sterno is on a heat-resistant surface, light it and roast your heart out! Enjoy the fact that you are enjoying s'mores and yet your clothes will not stink like smoke for the next two weeks.