The more time that passes, the more I wonder if I should tell my friends and/or family about this little project. I told someone on a whim once but I don’t keep in touch with them, so it doesn’t really count in the ways that matter: being able to ask if one of my posts sounds obnoxious, asking them about my pictures, what they think I should make, etc. For those reasons, I’m always tempted to confess to more people, especially because it would save me from having to write down recipes for them. However, between posts like this and some of my earlier, uglier pictures, I can’t quite bite the bullet and fess up. I doubt the post would surprise them since, as I said, I basically spent the last year hanging around in a situation that was making me into a miserable/totally different person and it was obvious (PSA: do not do this, in or out of relationships! you will hate yourself later for letting it happen!), but I still think posts like that are best kept between me and…well, the entire internet. Unlike an acquaintance of mine who recently blogged a desperate plea for her boyfriend to propose to her and posted a link on her facebook. Sick.
So, this remains our little secret, world of the internet. Despite that, I’m generally pretty careful not to post anything I wouldn’t be okay with someone I know in real life seeing, and I don’t try TOO hard to hide anything. I even have a picture of myself on my pinterest page. Anyone reading this who knew me would be able to identify me immediately. I figure it’s only a matter of time before one of my friends is stalking tastespotting and pinterest and puts two and two together. If this is happening right now, hello! Tell me who you are!
Anyway, I say all these things for two reasons.
1. Any thoughts on how to reveal my secret internet life? I feel like at this point almost everyone under the age of 40 has a secret internet life of some sort, whether they frequent golf forums or argue over knitting methods with other anonymous knitters or do the whole online dating thing. Eventually some people must confess this sort of thing. I need help going about that. Surely a food blog is easier to reveal than a Second Life addiction.
2. I love how close-knit the food blog community is, even though it’s all internet stuff, and I love that people have made real life friends reading or writing these blogs. It always makes me feel weird for not using my name on my site. I promise it’s not because I’m being distant and weird or secretive, it’s mostly because my name is really rare (first name anyway) and if it started showing up in search engines I’d be caught in like 4 days because my friends are major creepers.
So! Moving on! These s’mores are another result of my recent trip to Disney World. The food at Disney is really quite good, even the fast food. I mean, you pay a fortune for just a cheeseburger or whatever, but in my experience it’s always pretty high-quality. I mean, don’t go straight from Eleven Madison Park to Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, but barring that, I think it’s generally tasty. The Main Street Confectionery is freaking fantastic, for instance. I feel like most theme parks have a bunch of nasty pre-packaged food made three weeks ago across the country, but this place seems to make it all pretty fresh. I went there for the chocolate covered fudge cookie but came out with this s’more.
I was initially frustrated at being unable to find the recipe online, because the marshmallow seemed so distinctive and the technique was intimidating. How do I smoothly cover a marshmallow and chocolate covered graham cracker in more chocolate without them falling apart? How do I get this weird, not quite marshmallow, not quite marshmallow fluff taste? Stressful. However, I eventually realized I needed to make my own marshmallows (which was quite trendy when I first started blogging but has since faded a bit). I still never got the chocolate covering down perfectly, but if you’ve seen my other pictures, you know I’m hardly a decorator. In any case, they tasted perfect. Exactly like the ones in the shop. Please try them! Like most things I make, they make you look awesome while simultaneously involving less effort than you would think. If you’re feeling even less ambitious, I ran out of chocolate at the end and just drizzled it as seen below and I still think they were pretty cute.
Total Time Needed: 4+ hours
You could probably use the flat marshmallows (I know they sell them at Target, for example) but I really think the homemade ones add a lot and they really weren’t bad to make.
Marshmallows adapted from Alton Brown
- 3 packages unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup ice cold water, divided
- 12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- Nonstick spray
S’mores Inspired by Main Street Confectionery
- Graham crackers broken in half
- 2 packages of chocolate bark
1. Melt chocolate bark according to package directions. I prefer melting mine on the stove over low heat because it’s easier to coat the graham crackers in the saucepan.
2. Coat graham crackers (as many as desired) with chocolate bark, set on parchment paper to dry. I was able to make about 12 s’mores (1 graham cracker half each) before I started running low on the second batch of chocolate bark. You could certainly retain some of the 1st package of chocolate and make more completely covered s’mores. I chose to drizzle my remaining chocolate instead. Or you could just buy more bark
3. When marshmallows have finished setting, turn them out onto a cutting board and cut them with a pizza cutter coated with confectioner’s sugar/cornstarch. I could try to describe to you the best marshmallow size for this, but it really comes down to trial and error. Personally, I tried to cut most of mine a tiny bit larger on all sides than the graham cracker. Place marshmallow on top of graham cracker.
4. Melt the second batch of chocolate bark. Here’s where it gets tricky. You COULD try to “glue” the marshmallow to the graham cracker by putting some melted chocolate between the two and letting it set, making it easier just to dunk the entire s’more. However, I worried about how much chocolate that would use, had visions of my s’mores separating and getting swept away in a sea of melted chocolate, etc. For me the best (best being relative) method was to hold the graham cracker portion in one hand and to spoon a big glob of melted chocolate onto the top with the other. It generally dripped down to cover the rest of the marshmallow and seal the edges with maybe a few spots I had to fill in. The downside was that the chocolate near the bottom of the pan was extremely hot and I frequently got into a situation where I was debating whether it was worth sacrificing my fingers to save a beautiful s’more. Let me know if you have a better method. I’m open to basically anything that doesn’t result in third degree burns.