Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chocolate-Dipped S'mores on a Stick

So remember in that super famous movie The Sandlot, how the kids make S'mores and the dorky kid is like "S'more what? S'more what?"  I know you do.  Well I just want you to know that on the 4th of July we had a picnic dinner about 3 feet from the Sandlot baseball diamond.  (Like, where they filmed it.)  And there were kids playing baseball on it. Is there a more patriotic way to spend America's birthday?  I think not.  You should probably be a lot jealous of me.  Anyways, this post has nothing to do with the Sandlot, or the 4th of July, but it has a lot to do with S'mores.

These have been floating all over Pinterest lately and I thought it was time to give them a shot.  They were MUCH better than I expected.  Or maybe I'd just forgotten how good S'mores actually are. Using a quality chocolate for dipping really makes a difference. (Yes I am kind of a chocolate snob, especially a chocolate chip snob.  Cheap chocolate chips are like 86% wax!  I mighta made up that statistic but I'm pretty sure it's almost accurate.)  I'm not sure there is any actual recipe or method for these, but this seemed to work just fine.

Chocolate-Covered S'mores on a Stick

-Graham crackers
-Hershey's chocolate bars (Yes, my chocolate snobbery does allow me to use Hershey's for the inside.  It's just not a S'more without Hersheys!)
-marshmallows (the flat ones work great)
-wooden sticks
-decent chocolate for melting (I use Guittard milk chocolate chips)
-vegetable oil

Assemble your S'mores.  Place 1/4 bar Hershey's chocolate and a marshmallow on half of your graham crackers.  Make sure you have another graham cracker ready for the top.  Pop them  in the microwave for a few seconds until your marshmallow has puffed up a bit.  You want it to get a bit big and sticky so it will hold your S'more together, but if you nuke it too long the marshmallow's texture will get crunchy.  Use your judgement.  If you use stale marshmallows they take muuuuuch longer to puff and sometimes not at all.  Since they're like a buck a bag, I recommend you just buy new ones. 
Top each S'more with it's other graham and push a stick into the marshmallow.  (Ps- Ignore the Oreo pops... maybe you have an idea what I'm going to post next?  Just a little teaser friends.)
Put your pops in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until they have hardened and the stick is firmly in place.

Melt your chocolate.  Since I do chocolate chips, I typically melt them at 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds.  Don't let it overheat.  Seized chocolate is such a mess.  Let it cool a bit and add a little bit of vegetable oil just to get the chocolate to proper dipping consistency.  (I used to be totally grossed out by this, but I have come to accept it as a necessary evil.)

Take your frozen pops out of the freezer and spoon chocolate on the tops, sides, and backs of each one.  Let the excess chocolate drip off, especially if you really want a nice neat square pop.  Put your dipped pop on a piece of parchment or a silpat, lining a cookie sheet.  Feel free to add sprinkles or graham crumbs. Put them in the freezer to harden, about 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container or ziploc.  I think they store best in the refrigerator, but be sure to bring them to room temperature before serving.

Summer on a stick right here people!
"First ya take the graham..."
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Kate said...

I will remember that movie (and this recipe idea) FOR-E-VER!

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