The Embellished

Fort Collins’ Stuff ’n Mallows are desserts all on their own. These chocolate chip–flecked puffs (also available in flavors like peanut butter, peppermint, and crème de menthe) are so magical there’s no need to wait for the fire ring to indulge. Tuck one into your child’s lunchbox for an unexpected treat.

The Gourmet

Foodie campers should look to Lucille’s for handcrafted mallows infused with mature flavors such as espresso (made with Boxcar Coffee Roasters’ Ethiopian espresso), cayenne-cinnamon, and zingy kombucha (which uses Denver’s Happy Leaf).

The Showstopper

Boulder pastry chef Jen Bush whips up sugary delights aplenty at Lucky’s Bakehouse & Creamery, but it’s her cloudlike marshmallows—coated in a delicate layer of dark chocolate (think gourmet Magic Shell) and dusted with glittery sugar—that elevate the sweet from a childhood treat to a grown-up delicacy. Flavors vary but often include strawberry, lavender, and vanilla, all of which are subtle and delicious. 3990 Broadway, Boulder, 720-596-4905,

Too lazy to assemble your own? Slip a package of S’More, Please! into your pack. Longmont-based Truffles in Paradise sells the trifecta ready-made with Colorado honey graham crackers, orange and vanilla marshmallows, and bittersweet chocolate ganache. Hint: Let the treat warm up near the campfire (or pop it in a toaster oven) before taking a bite.

This article was originally published in 5280 June 2014.
Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison
Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.