Thursday, September 4, 2008

Micro S'mores

No... this title doesn't refer to miniature little teeny-tiny s'mores. (Although bite-sized s'mores would be both handy and a lot less messy.) This is simply a delicious way for me to have my snack without the use of wood, fire and a big backyard! And because the only requirement is a few seconds of microwave usage, it also doesn't count as a cooking segment here on the blog. Didn't want you all to think I suddenly went domestic on you.

In past summers my niece Anna and my nephew Thomas have hung out with me at mom and dad's for a week or so before heading back to school. We spent one year having a Harry Potter movie marathon, and last year our marathon was Lord of the Rings. We hid out in the basement while mom and dad slept, stayed up until  2:00 or 3:00 in the morning watching movies and ate all of the junk food in the house.

IMG_0938                (Thomas and Anna doing some crazy back cracking. I obviously sat this part out.)

(Riley snuck on the table to find leftover scraps and spilled ice cream.)

One evening there was no ice cream left and I felt it was finally time to teach these kids something worthwhile. Hence, the tricks of the microwave s'mores were passed on to the next generation.

Conveniently, my grocery delivery from Linda was tonight and I put marshmallows and Hershey's kisses on the list to satisfy my sweet-tooth cravings. So you no longer need to feel sorry for me and I can commence with my high-tech cooking demonstration. (Are you sure you're ready? Because it's pretty intricate.)

First you put half a graham cracker on a plate. (Should I slow down, or are you following so far?) Take a large marshmallow and split it open a little so you can fit a Hershey's kiss in the middle, like so:


Now flip the marshmallow over so the chocolate is on the bottom:


Stick it in the microwave on high power for about 15-20 seconds or so (just stop it before the marshmallow explodes). It should look something like this:


Mmmm... getting hungry, aren't you? Then you stick the other half graham cracker on top and eat away...


And if you're a really nice person, you let your dog lick the plate:


Now, I'm not going to lie to you and say they're as good as burnt marshmallows roasted over a bonfire... but in desperate situations it's a whole lot better than squirting leftover Hershey's syrup directly into your mouth. That's a promise.


As a small note of correction, I've made a change to the recipe. I imagine you all assumed I only ate these once and then put away the ingredients never to be used again in order to avoid the excess weight that would surely follow. But really people, what would be the fun of that?

No, I realized and consequently feel the need to share with you, that if you split the marshmallow open lengthwise you can fit TWO Hershey's Kisses in the s'more when it goes into the microwave. Still run it on high for 20 seconds and you will have a more balanced ratio of chocolate to marshmallow.

And we all know that life these days is about balance. Just trying to do what I can to bring some to all of you... even if it is in the form of crazy-good junk food.

Always here to serve, people. Always here to serve.


  1. hey there! i was blog-surfing and came upon yours.
    That s'more looks soooo good! but being diabetic isn't. i think they make sugar free hershey kisses. you gave me a great idea lol.

  2. I can't tell you the sigh of relief I let out when I found out you had chocolate. I'll have to make these sometime. They look good!

  3. I can't have chocolate but these are great with peanut butter too. I've also made them when camping using the canned milk chocolate frosting instead of the hershey bars and they were yummy too. Not as "waxy" as the hershey bars tend to be sometimes.

  4. Oooooh that sounds good. I think it would be a hit with my kiddos too. Yum!

  5. I saw that you had posted on PW, so I came over and like your blog. I will be checking in on ya, every now and then.

    I love s'mores. I sometimes broil them in the toaster oven, so that way you kind of get the burnt marshmallow. Did you see PW's version? She does a ritz cracker with peanut butter topped with a mini marshmallow and broils it. I am getting hungry thinking about this yummy food.

  6. I found you thru PW's blog and I'm so glad I did! I've really enjoyed reading your blog these last few weeks. Okay, so here's the micro-smore decadence I discovered in Target a few weeks ago: Chocolate graham crackers with chocolate marshmallows and miniature Reese's Peanut Butter cups. You may feel like you are going to die from chocolate peanut butter overload, but you will go with a smile on your face! :)

  7. @txmom... peanut butter cups is brilliant! I'll be trying that out next week. :)

  8. i need to do those as an after school snack with my kids! we loved smores growing up!

  9. Love this idea! Cannot wait to try it!

  10. I have been known to cook marshmallows over the stove top and unscented candles before (scented ones make your marshmallows taste funny. Just so ya know.)

  11. Yes that was definetely a good time:) and it's so convenient!!!

  12. @anna: that was the best, wasn't it? I missed it this summer :)