The Perfect S'more
It almost feels silly to write up an entire post about s’mores. But here I am, because there are few things in life about which I am evangelical, and this simple campfire confection from the Girls Scouts of America is certainly one of them. First things first, you do not need a raging fire or fiery grill to toast your marshmallow; in fact, you don’t even need a gas range stove (electric conduction of heat works just as well, if not better and more evenly). Secondly, there is a science to constructing the perfect s’more—it’s not as haphazard and “rustic” as it may seem (this recipe will elucidate the matter). And finally, it’s simple foods like these that I love writing about because somehow, in the midsts of our daily lives, we forget our pasts, we forget the tastes that had once given us so much pleasure. For instance, let me ask you this: When was the last time you had a s’more?
1 graham cracker sheet (2 cookies)
1–2 nuggets of a chocolate bar (like Hershey’s)^
^milk chocolate is classic, but for the bitter adult, try dark chocolate
First, pierce a marshmallow with a chopstick or skewer. Next, toast it over an electric or gas stovetop until golden brown all over. Then, slide the toasted marshmallow on top of one of the graham cracker cookies (so the skewered end is facing up), and insert a chocolate nugget into the hot crevice. Wait 5 Mississippis. This is the absolute perfect way to achieve the near-nirvana temperature that ever so slightly melts everything together. I never understand when recipes call for microwaving, or toasting the graham and chocolate, or doing a rain dance to ensure even meltage. Trust me on this—it just works. Eventually, of course, top the gooey package with the second graham cracker and eat blissfully into the past.