I love smores, and I want to have a smores party this fall. I'm trying to think of different variations on the traditional ingredients, but always resulting in a delicious, gooey dessert. Any ideas?
Nutella instead of a chocolate bar
A little bit of peanut butter or crushed peanuts
Shredded, toasted coconut
Different kinds of crackers
Homemade marshmallow? (Or W-S marshmallow- sooo good!)
Do you want different ingredients in the form a traditional s'more or the s'more reworked into another form?
We had a interesting dessert at a culinary school(Sage Bistro in Omaha)---S'more soup --thick hot chocolate shot with a home made graham cracker stick and home made marshmallow.
Some other ideas:
If you wanted to keep with the idea of the traditional form, use homemade graham crackers. good dark chocolate. and home made marshmallows. You could add toasted pecans. coconut, dried fruit. Maybe use a chocolate thin wafer with caramel sauce and the marshmallow. You might also use white chocolate. You might change the flavor of the marshmallows
- re QSheba's suggestion of different types of "crackers" - chocolate wafers, vanilla wafers, gingersnaps, oatmeal cookies, chocolate chip cookies
- fruit spreads, caramel sauce, butterscotch sauce
- white chocolate, Mexican chocolate
Better Homes and Gardens had a recipe years ago for s'mores w/jam. i can't find the recipe but found one close to it. IIRC, the BHG recipe didn't have white chocolate.
I think carmel and toasted marshmallows between two chocolate (not dipped) graham crackers would be really good.
Not that far from traditional, but on one of the Barefoot Contessa episodes, she made them using chocolate Digestives. I bought some milk chocolate Digestives for that very purpose, but I keep forgetting to buy marshmallows, and keep eating the biscuits as is.
Our family riff on S'mores is fondue. Chocolate (dark) in one pot, melted marshmallows in another. A dish of graham cracker "dust" and a variety of items to dip & roll like pretzel logs, fresh fruit, poundcake & cheesecake squares. Loads of fun!
I run a girl scout camp...I see more s'mores every year than I even care to recall.
While we make very shi shi s'mores at home with Valrhona chocolate, toasted marzipan squares and homemade marshmallows, the girls this summer created their own s'mores buffet, with several different flavors of those Ghirardelli filled chocolate squares -- raspberry, caramel, mint, etc... No mess, no fuss, really great.
The real artistry is in the toasting technique... :)
Haven't had it myself, but I've been told that replacing the chocolate bar with a Reese's PB cup is decadent.
I'd imagine any mixed/combo chocolate bar would work.
If you want something different in addition (a little less s'more-like exactly), our scouts have enjoyed banana boats (banana in skin, sliced down the middle, filled with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows -- then wrapped in foil and baked in the coals). You can also do chips and marshmallows in a flour tortilla, fold, wrap in foil and bake.
I like the ideas of changing the graham cracker for other cookies -- but there is something about that graham taste with the super sweet marshmallow....
Here's a quick mini-Smores twist: mini-marshmallows topping a LU Le Petit Ecolier Biscuit (milk or dark, your choice). Eight mini-marshmallows fit pretty snugly atop the chocolate, and a quick trip in the oven or toaster oven seals the deal.