If you're looking for a wicked easy, sort of spooky sweet to add to your Halloween festivities, give this chocolate and marshmallow treat a try.
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Not all of us were Boy Scouts, but we know a s'more when we see one. Say It With Cake has built a super-sized version with whipped ganache and a sturdy Swiss meringue. It even gets toasted under the torch.
Lightly sweet graham crackers, melty chocolate, gooey and golden toasted marshmallows—a traditional s'more is practically perfect. But here at Serious Eats we tend to look at a good thing and wonder, "How can we make this better?"*
Take the campfire inside with these toasty marshmallow treats.
Even though it's January, a sign of spring is always welcome. And these pretty little lighter-than-air eggs give us something to look forward to. Nothing more complex than marshmallows and decorating sugar, but they're worlds better than anything store-bought.
Shooting a cooking show series is a ton of work. For three straight weeks each May, the entire test kitchen at America's Test Kitchen shuts down, lights and cameras go up, and the kitchen staff focuses on the show. There are boat loads of food to be ordered, scripts to write, and the cooking of perfectly executed dishes timed right down to the minute (you do not want to hold the director up).
Bite through the crunchy buttery graham cracker, the silky vanilla marshmallow, and the deep dark chocolate, and you just might find yourself muttering "Nabisco who?"
When Maggie suggested I make a s'mores ice cream flavor, I recognized a chance not just for a new ice cream, but for a fuss-free way to enjoy the perfection of a s'more in the comfort of my own home. Instead of jamming all the s'more elements into a single ice cream, I kept them segregated as elements of a sundae. A s'more should have a hot component and a crunchy component: challenging in ice cream, but no problem with this approach.
The chicks in Peepdom have finally won my heart. You can't beat a homemade marshmallow recipe, and chocolate soars them over the top.
If you've ever wanted to eat a Koosh Ball then you understand the appeal of Hostess Sno Balls. Who doesn't want a fluffy, jiggly, bouncy neon snack? Uh. Well. Maybe you don't. In which case, who wants chocolate cake?
Once you've figured out the method to marshmallow making madness, a whole world of puffy possibilities opens up to you. These Chocolate Malt Marshmallows from Shauna Sever's Marshmallow Madness take marshmallows to the soda fountain, creating a poppable version of a chocolate malted.
If you think that marshmallows are strictly kid stuff, Shauna Sever's Marshmallow Madness is out to change your mind. She's thoughtfully included a chapter entitled "Happy Hour" for marshmallow aficionados of legal age. These Crème De Menthe Marshmallows are a squishy take on the classic cocktail the Grasshopper.
I can't so much as type the word s'more without my mind wandering off to a happy place. That's because s'mores aren't just about the sweet satisfaction of devouring chocolate, graham, and molten, charred marshmallow—they're about the ritual that gets you there and the fun you were having at the time. And while it's impossible to re-create the smoky nostalgia of a true s'mores experience, I submit a riff on s'mores, in pie form, that will take you most of the way there.
The art of marshmallow making gives candy makers the opportunity to play with all sorts of exciting flavors because, after all, the marshmallow is really just a squishy blank canvas. We have to tip our hats to Shauna Sever, author of Marshmallow Madness for having the foresight and vision to bring together two of our favorite confections in these Sea Salt Caramel Swirl Marshmallows. And if you're wondering, they're just as great as they sound. Tender, bouncy vanilla marshmallows run through with ribbons of sweet and salty caramel.
We're happy to announce the kickoff of the Marshmallow Madness Bracket, the first ever monthlong competition where bloggers from all over the country go head to head with their most creative marshmallow recipes. For the next month we'll be working with Quirk Books to keep you updated on the fierce competition that is Marshmallow Madness, recapping right here every Monday.
Not to be confused with the Stained Glass Cookies made of sugar cookie dough with melted candy "panes," these concoctions are all about marshmallows and chocolate, and not much else (no wonder my kid-self was enamored with them.)
The first few holidays I spent with my in-laws, I was introduced to their sweet potato casserole, duly done up with nuts and ittty-bitty marshmallows that had bloated in the heat of the oven. The casserole dish—and I think there were two—was about the size of a rowboat that could comfortably seat four and feed 20 times that number. Never did I see more than a square inch consumed. The argument, naturally, has been to eliminate the dish altogether. But one does not contradict tradition.
Today, I give the world homemade Lucky Charms marshmallows. That's right. You can now make little Styrofoam pellets of pure joy. Crispy, toothache inducing marshmallowy delight. I'm talking about marshmallows so crisp they get mistaken for astronaut ice cream. Any color you can imagine. Any shape. No leprechaun hunting required.
I don't believe I've ever seen one company make so many flavors of marshmallows, and in this case, it's an amazing, awesome thing. These are the kind of treats you'll want stashed at your desk, where you'll eat them one by one until you've suddenly realized that the whole bag is gone.
Summer technically isn't quite over yet and I'm doing my best to cram in a last hurrah before September 23rd rolls around and I have to make peace with apples and pumpkins, shorter days and longer nights. There are few desserts as closely bonded to summer memories as s'mores and this recipe gives you all the toasty tastiness you remember from camp—without the fire pit.