Wednesday, August 27, 2008

would you like s'more?

Since I had marshmallows leftover from my rocky road experiment, I went looking for graham crackers to make s'mores.

Growing up, my brother and I would sometimes go camping with our cousins and after dinner over the slowly burning coals, we would toast some marshmallows for s'mores.

The sandwiched warm marshmallow mixing with the now melty milk chocolate and graham cracker...yum.

Though I was reluctant to try a Japanese brand, I bought some graham crackers at the neighborhood co-op.

On opening the package, I found that they were harder than the graham crackers I was used to.

Next for the "coals"....I turned on my gas stove and stuck a marshmallow on a wooden chopstick.

Gosh, I hadn't does this in ages!

Immediately I heard a "whooosh"....the marshmallow was aflame...I quickly blew on the flame to put it out.

I turned down the flame and tried to toast the marshmallow again.

Boy this was tough! After getting it slightly toasted burnt, I decided I should stop before I burned the whole marshmallow.

I put it onto the dark chocolate pieces and covered them with another cracker.

Not the same, the cracker was definitely too hard.

Oh well, at least it satisfied my sweet tooth.


2kamuela47 said...

cool! I remember those camping days but we had a small bon fire and smores was a treat for everyone. I think the graham cracker has to be softer so that you can chew it better with the chocolate and marshmallows.

K and S said...

Thanks Laura :)

Take care.

KirkK said...

Hey Kat - What a nice post...brings back nice memories for me......nothing like marshmallows round the campfire.

K and S said...

Thanks Kirkk, I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

Take care.

shar said...

okay...who has some good ghost stories ! interesting that the grahams are harder in japan.

Kat said...

Mmmmmmm! You know what rocks? Add peanut butter to the graham cracker!!!

Jenster said...

Kat, do you have a toaster oven? I make smores in the toaster oven by cutting a big marshmallow in half and layering it on top of a chocolate bar on top of a graham cracker half. Then I put the oven on Broil for just a minute or so until the marshmallow is browned. Delish! This method does seem to soften up the graham cracker, so that might be a good thing to try with your Japanese-made crackers, since you thought they were too hard.

Now I'm craving smores!

Phoebe said...

I had s'mores before at a friend's fireplace and it was fabulous!!!!

haha you really need the real s'mores and not just the normal favourable marshmallows.

K and S said...

no ghost stories, Shar, I'm a wimp!

will try the pb on the cracker, Kat!

have enough crackers to try your way too, Jenster!

over a real fireplace sounds fun, Phoebe!

Take care everyone.

Anonymous said...

Jenster took all of the words straight from my mouth. I think smores would be a big hit at your next office party for your husband's co-workers. It would be especially easy if you use your "obun tosutah" to make a crowd-sized batch. Gee, I wonder how "an" (sweetened red bean paste for your readers) and marshmallow would go together? You're very creative at adapting your recipes!

K and S said...

Thanks Anon, don't know how good an and marshmallow would go together, but the idea of serving this at a party sounds fun.

Take care.

Debinhawaii said...

I love s'mores too. I have not had one in years though. I never even thought about the gas stove but I can see where that would be challenging!

Rowena said...

A little over one month to go and I hope to be making s'mores on the beach. Good memories Kat!

foodhoe said...

oof this post has caught my craving snaggletooth... I didn't grow up camping or eating s'mores, but I loved the first one I ever ate!

genkitummy said...

your smores look delicious! i love roasting marshmallows and slightly charring the outer layer!

K and S said...

Thanks Deb, I thought it would be easy with the gas stove, but I guess the flame was too hot.

Can't wait to see your s'mores from Hawaii, Rowena :)

I hope you get a chance to have another s'more soon, Foodhoe :)

Thanks Genki :)

Take care everyone.

Barbara said...

I've never had smores...but I think I'd like them.

K and S said...

I hope you get a chance to try s'mores the next time you have a barbecue.

Take care.

manju said...

I like your idea of using the flame... you gotta get the slightly burnt flavor on the marshmallow! Nice job using the ingredients on hand... and dark chocolate is the way to go! : )

K and S said...

Thanks Manju :)

Take care.

ParisBreakfasts said...

OH You reminded me of what a naughty kid I was...
As soon as my folks left the house I would run jam a marshmallow on a fork and toast it over the stove.
They always caught fire, leaving the outside charred black and the inside divinely gooie.
How I never set the house on fire is a miracle when I think back on it! Lovely memories :)
Have a swell vacance

K and S said...

Oh my! you were naughty, PB! I'm glad you didn't burn down the house either.

Take care.

Lyvvie said...

We don't have graham crackers in the UK (Not that I've found and my Husband says he's never had them) so they make S'mores with Ritz crackers instead. The saltiness is really nice with the super sweet.

K and S said...

I'll have to try your version, Lyvvie, sounds really good :)

Take care.