Ah, the quintessential all American summer time treat…the S’more. I can hear Hamilton Porter, the portly catcher from one of my all time favorite movies, The Sandlot, exclaim “You’re killing me, Smalls!” before giving the best cooking demo of all time. If you have not seen the movie, I highly suggest you navigate on over to Netflix after finishing this article and watch it, or you can at least search the scene I described on YouTube. If you do neither, to that I say, “You’re killing me, Smalls!”
Just in case you have never had or heard of a S’more before, there are three basic ingredients: graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars. They are simple enough to make. First you warm the marshmallow, preferably over a campfire or open flame to desired level of toasty-ness, but in a pinch 30 seconds in the microwave will do. Next you layer your chocolate on one half of a graham cracker and lay your toasted marshmallow on top of the chocolate. Then you top it off with the other half of the graham cracker and finally you get to enjoy your sweet, sticky goodness.
3 Ways to Change Up Your S’more!
Right now we are living in a magical culinary time where chefs are taking childhood favorites and elevating them to fine dining experiences, like grilled cheeses made with brie, fig jam, caramelized onion and pear. The s’more can also be risen to sophisticated levels of magical flavors. Here are 3 ways to do so:
1. You can trade your regular honey graham crackers for cinnamon or go big with a chocolate chip cookie!
2. Instead of a regular chocolate bar try: peanut butter cups, a mint patty or if you want to get really fancy, your favorite Ghirardelli chocolate square. Tonight I had one with a Salted Caramel Ghirardelli square. Yes, it was a magical as it sounds!
3. If you are feeling extra Martha Stewart about it, you could even make your own marshmallows. My good friend made vanilla bean marshmallows for her birthday and they were delicious all by themselves. I’m just lazy enough to say “screw that” and stick with a store bought bag and dress up my s’more with fancy chocolate.
In all honesty though, indulging in this childhood delight is less about flavor and more about reliving the nostalgia of camp-outs, starry nights, the lingering smell of campfire smoke on my clothes, and the gathering of friends and family. If you haven’t had this food flash-back in a while, make it happen, soon.