Remember those days of sitting around a camp fire and roasting s’mores? Everybody goes into the woods and finds a stick and then sharpens one side of it, sticks the marshmallow on and then tries really hard to turn it a nice shade of golden brown by holding it really close to the hot red coals instead of the flames. (Oh, and then there were the crazy people who would stick it directly into the flames and just blow it out because they liked the burnt crisp edges.) You’d take your two rectangles broken off of the full size Hershey’s bar and put it on a half a graham cracker, and then using a second half a graham cracker as the top would pull the marshmallow off of the sharpened stick to put it on top of the chocolate. The most gratifying part was smooshing the top graham cracker on top and seeing the marshmallow ooze out the sides and trying to catch any thing that was going to squeeze out the sides.
There is absolutely no substitute for this experience. But there is a close second – mass producing s’mores.
My friend Marie taught us how to do this while we were all RA-ing. You take a cookie sheet and lay as many halves of graham crackers as you can on top, put the right amount of chocolate on each one and place a marshmallow on top of that. Then you put it in the oven and use the broiler to make the marshmallows golden brown. (NOTE: Watch carefully, there is not much time between golden brown and burnt/exploded. If you’ve ever been on garlic bread watch (shout out to my cousin Chris) you will fully understand this concept.) Then when they’re done, you put the top half of the s’more on and smoosh it all together.
Now, I had assumed that everybody had heard of s’mores before. But when I posted this picture on Instagram, my friend Janine who lives in Australia from Shambolic Living commented, “And you thought lamingtons were odd? what on earth are these?”. So I guess we’re even now – last week she blogged about lamingtons and my first thought was – what the heck is a lamington?
Here is an example of a fully complete and smooshed s’more:
And for all those curious, here is a lamington:
So. How do you prefer your marshmallows?