The Microwave: S’Mores Hit The Big Time

Saturday April 23, 2016


On July 4, s’mores typically are served when the sparklers come out after dark. At family picnics, the s’mores are the last thing to hit the dying embers of the hot BBQ. A sleepover? Lets make s’mores.When summer is over, is s’more time over too? No way. S’mores can be made lickity split in the microwave, all year round. S’mores in the dead of winter. Oh yeah.

stylized elegant s'more dessert plate at Masa's in San Francisco

S’mores have remained a tried-and-true camp treat and used to be the only place you could get the exclusively collective dessert. A few years ago, s’mores went upscale when restaurants started featuring them on dessert menus, offering them with house-made graham crackers, marshmallows, and expensive bittersweet chocolate, even bringing a small grill with the order to allow diners to toast their marshmallows table side. The s’more has never looked back.

The gooey childhood delights composed of melted marshmallows and chocolate bars sandwiched between two graham cracker squares are one of the newest members of the creative home kitchen.

The Girl Scouts are credited with being the first to actually write down the recipe for the treat. The combination of graham cracker, Hershey milk chocolate bar, and toasted marshmallow first appeared as a recipe for ”Some Mores” in a 1927 publication, Tramping and Trailing With the Girl Scouts. Over the years, the name was shortened to s’mores. Now there are even whole books devoted to the infinite variety of s’mores since they translate the childhood delight just as perfectly on an outdoor gas grill, indoor broiler, conventional oven, or microwave.

The elements remain constant: graham crackers to hold the sandwich together, a chocolate bar of any persuasion, and a nice large marshmallow. Collect different brands chocolate bars to find your favorite. Non-purists vary with thin cookies, such as ginger, waffle cookies, or chocolate chippers, but I am a hardcore graham cracker folk. The marshmallow won’t be roasted, but you won’t miss it a bit.

Gourmet grocery stores carry handmade, hand cut marshmallows and I heartily

house made marshmallows cut into cubes

recommend this addition. Kraft now offers its Jet-Puffed in a variety of flavors, including strawberry, chocolate, chocolate-vanilla swirl, and caramel-vanilla swirl, as well as toasted coconut, making it easy to get creative with s’more recipes. Not all are available year round, though. For those with a big appetite, Campfire brand came out with Giant Roasters — extra large marshmallows that can be used for making a double-wide s’more using a whole candy bar and two unbroken graham crackers.

Some people go so far as to make homemade graham crackers and marshmallows, but I drew the line here since the entire lure of a s’more is satisfying that spontaneous need. I didn’t want to wait that long. If you are gluten intolerant, no need to skip the s’mores–a GF graham cracker without wheat is available in health food stores, or can be homemade.

Be sure to pay attention to the recipe timing directions in the microwave—it calls for SECONDS, not minutes.

Overview

Cookware:  Microwave-proof plate

Microwave Wattage: 1,100 to 1,300

Total Cook Time:  About 15 seconds

Standing Time:  None

Makes 1 s’more

Ingredients

  • 2 graham cracker squares (1 whole graham cracker, broken in half)
  • 1/2 of a 1.55-ounce chocolate bar, broken if necessary (milk, dark, semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate)
  • 1 large marshmallow

Instructions

1. On a plate, place 1 cracker square. Top with the piece of chocolate. Microcook on HIGH for 8 seconds, to melt the chocolate slightly.

2. Immediately place the marshmallow on top of the partially melted chocolate and microcook on HIGH 7 to 10 seconds longer, just until the marshallow puffs. It will be soft, not crispy. Do not cook longer than 10 seconds or it will turn rubbery.

3. Remove from oven and immediately cover with other cracker. Gently press together and eat like a sandwich out of hand. Might be messy.

Easy Variations For Those Who Must Experiment and Want That Little Bit More Flavor:

PEANUTTY S’MORES: Spread thin layer of creamy or crunchy peanut butter on one or both of the graham crackers.

RASPBERRY OR ORANGE S’MORES: Spread a thin layer of seedless red raspberry preserves or orange marmalade on one or both of the graham crackers.

CHOCOLATE BANANA S’MORES: Place banana slices in a single layer on top of chocolate bar before microwaving with the marshmallow.

CHOCO-STRAWBERRY S’MORES: Place fresh strawberry slices in a single layer on top of chocolate bar before microwaving with the marshallow.

the archetypical s'more-quest for fire and sugar-tabletop version

Beth Bytes

When it comes to s’mores, you can stick with the American classic, or try out one of these pushing-the-bar combinations.

Baklava: Cinnamon graham crackers, toasted marshmallow, drizzled with honey and topped with chopped walnuts.

Banana split: Graham crackers spread with strawberry jam, banana slices, milk chocolate bar and toasted marshmallow.

Berry delicious: Graham crackers spread with strawberry jam and toasted strawberry marshmallow.

Black and white: One chocolate graham cracker, one honey graham, half white chocolate, half milk chocolate and toasted chocolate-vanilla swirl marshmallow.

Buckeye: Chocolate cookies spread with peanut butter, milk chocolate bar and toasted marshmallow.

Caramel apple: Cinnamon graham crackers, spread with caramel dip and peanut butter, slices of Granny Smith apple and toasted marshmallow.

Chantilly cream: Graham crackers spread with raspberry jam or preserves, white chocolate bar and toasted marshmallow.

Chipper: Chocolate chip cookies, semisweet morsels, toasted marshmallow and chopped walnuts.

Choc-o-holic: Chocolate cookies or chocolate graham crackers, dark chocolate bar and toasted chocolate marshmallow.

Coconut almond: Chocolate graham crackers or cookies, milk chocolate bar with almonds and toasted-coconut-covered toasted marshmallow.

Cookies and cream: Chocolate cookies or chocolate graham crackers, cookies and cream candy bar and toasted marshmallow.

Dulce de leche: Graham crackers spread with caramel dip, white chocolate bar and caramel-vanilla swirl toasted marshmallow.

The Elvis: Cinnamon graham crackers spread with peanut butter, banana slices and toasted marshmallow.

Fluffer-nutter: Graham crackers spread with peanut butter, drizzled with honey and topped with toasted marshmallow.

The Moon Pie: Chocolate-covered graham cracker cookies and toasted marshmallow.

PBJ: Graham crackers spread with grape jelly and peanut butter and toasted marshmallow.

Pina colada: Graham crackers, white chocolate bar, pineapple ring and toasted-coconut-covered toasted marshmallow.

Raspberry truffle: Chocolate cookies or graham crackers spread with raspberry jam, dark chocolate bar and toasted strawberry marshmallow.

Turtle: Graham crackers spread with caramel dip, milk chocolate bar, toasted marshmallow and chopped pecans.

s'more as techno art

Recipe and text copyright Beth Hensperger 2012

Please enjoy the recipe and make it your own. If you copy the recipe and text for internet use, please include my byline and link to my site.


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