Celebrate warm summer days with this twist on a classic. These Frozen S’mores Bars are sure to be a hit in your family!
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Fast forward 2.5 years. That guilt about putting Robbie in daycare is completely gone. He loves his teachers, and he comes home everyday talking about what he learned. In fact, one of his former teachers is now our regular babysitter. And Robbie loves (I mean loves!) when she comes to play with him. His teachers send regular updates via an app (gotta love technology!), so we get to see photos of what he’s up to during the day. Back during the holidays, he baked us a pie. Seriously. I have pictures to prove it.
Since Robbie was ~2 years old at the time, baking a pie was out of the question. Instead, they created a no-bake pudding pie that just required a bit of mixing. Genius activity for a toddler! Robbie had a blast making his chocolate pudding pie. And knowing Robbie, he (maybe) took one bite of that pie before saying “all done.” (He apparently didn’t inherit his Dad’s sweet tooth!)
So I have to say that the inspiration for these Frozen S’mores Bars comes from Robbie. Pudding. I can’t remember the last time I made pudding. But pudding is delicious! So I decided to create Frozen S’mores Bars which featured a layer of chocolate fudge pudding on top of a graham cracker crust. Then I just mixed some marshmallow fluff with whipped topping to incorporate the marshmallow flavor and *boom* Frozen S’mores Bars. (On a side note, if you manage to scoop out a cup of marshmallow fluff without getting the stuff everywhere, then please share your secret!)
Since the days are warming up, I say it’s time to break into summer desserts! Now I’m not opposed to turning on the oven in the summer, but I do love a good frozen dessert. And these Frozen S’mores Bars are legit good! I would recommend serving these with a fork, though, as the marshmallow layer (even frozen) is still a bit sticky. Or you can just go all in and get marshmallow everywhere…that’s what the pool is for, right? Here’s to warmer days, long evenings on the backporch and delicious summer desserts! Enjoy these Frozen S’mores Bars, my friends!
Looking for more S’mores fun? Try one of these recipes!
Frozen S’mores Bars
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Line an 8”x8” baking tray with foil or parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray; set pan aside. (Tip: Use extra foil or parchment paper so that it hangs over both sides. This will make it easy to left the bars out of the pan later!)
- Using a food processor or mini-chopper, pulse 10 of the graham crackers until finely ground. Using a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and melted butter; stir until well combined.
- Press graham cracker mixture into bottom of prepared pan. (Tip: Use a flat-bottomed glass to pack the crust mixture down evenly.)
- Bake crust for 15 minutes; remove from oven and let cool.
- Meanwhile, using a medium bowl, combine pudding mix and milk; whisk together until well combined and smooth. Place pudding mix in the refrigerator to chill for 5-10 minutes.
- Using a medium bowl, add cream cheese, powdered sugar, marshmallow fluff and whipped topping. Stir vigorously (or use an electric mixer) until mixture is smooth; set aside.
- Once the crust has cooled and pudding has set up, transfer pudding into pan with the crust. Use an offset spatula to spread the pudding evenly across crust.
- Spread the whipped topping mixture evenly on top of the pudding.
- Cover lightly and freeze for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
- Before serving, break the remaining 5 graham crackers into small pieces. Sprinkle graham crackers and chocolate chips evenly on top of bars.
- Lift the bars out of the pan and place on a large cutting board; slice into squares.