Roasted marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers combine for a flavor that instantly transports many of us to happy times spent perched beside a campfire with a sharpened stick in hand.
For 38-year-old Pearisburg native Susan Whetzel , the taste of s’mores means so much more — it is the flavor of success.
Whetzel’s cookbook, “The S’mores Cookbook,” was recently published by Adams Media , with a foreword by TV food personality Duff Goldman . It features more than 50 twists on the classic treat, including s’mores bread pudding, s’mores stuffed French toast, and a s’mores martini.
This is Whetzel’s third cookbook; she has also written “The Everything Ice Cream, Gelato, and Frozen Desserts Cookbook” and aggregated recipes for “The Everything Busy Moms’ Cookbook.” The book deals all blossomed from Whetzel’s blog, Doughmesstic.com, which she started in 2008.
Whetzel tests all her recipes on her husband, Jon , and her 5-year-old son, Seven (no, his name has nothing to do with the “Seinfeld” episode; it stems from several happy coincidences surrounding his birth and the number seven).
Before she headed out on a nationwide book tour sponsored by the Hershey Co., I snagged some time with Whetzel to ask about her adventures in cooking.
To read the Q & A with Susan, click here. At that link, you will also find her delicious recipes for s’mores cereal bars, s’mores bread pudding with marshmallow syrup, and s’mores frappuccino.