Please sir may I have S’more? I’m seriously getting that printed on a shirt. I crack myself up with those dad jokes…
When I received a box of MAST brothers chocolate last week I immediately knew I wanted to make s’mores. Actually, I knew I wanted to dive in and try each enticing flavor from olive oil to smoked but I held back before full-blown gluttony ensued. I sampled a few then began planning the types of s’mores I’d make. Sweet and savory, salty and saltier—the exotic flavors of chocolate warranted something more than just a mere marshmallow and graham cracker.
It was beautiful timing because summer is officially here. I know this for two reasons. Firstly, it’s 108 degrees outside right now. Even with the AC on my body feels tense and weak with unease…I can feel the heat closing in around me. Have I mentioned how much I’m going to enjoy my first summer in The Valley? And secondly, today happens to be the Summer Solstice; the longest day of the year and the first official day of summer.
A perfect day for s’mores in my opinion. Plus the solstice coincides with a full moon tonight (a Strawberry Moon)— a somewhat rare astrological event that hasn’t occurred since 1967. So if you are into stargazing (or moon -gazing as it were) I beseech you to light up the grill, have a bonfire, or even make use of your oven and throw together some fancy s’mores to celebrate the season.
MAST chocolates are all about simplicity and flavor. Each bar is unique and it’s is by far some of the best chocolate I’ve ever tasted. I’m excited to be visiting their LA location next week and will probably share the experience in a special post on the blog! So stay tuned for that!
This post is a bit different in that it contains not so much a recipe, as a list of ideas and topping combinations. The possibilities are truly endless. I picked ingredients based on how I felt they would complement the chocolate flavors used. I will however, detail the simple oven method I used to make these sweet treats. I did attempt to use a blowtorch but it was a bit…shall we say aggressive for the task.
Please leave comments below about other intriguing toppings I can use in the future. These were so wonderful I anticipate making many more in the months to come!
Happy Summer Solstice!
- S’mores Combinations
- Olive Oil chocolate with figs, a drizzle of good quality olive oil, and sesame seeds.
- Maple chocolate with bacon and crushed maple bacon potato chips.
- Sea Salt chocolate with peanut butter, banana, and crushed peanuts.
- Goat’s Milk chocolate with strawberry and basil.
- Make the S’mores
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Prepare a s’more station with sliced figs, strawberries, and bananas. Fill small bowls with crushed peanuts, sesame seeds, and peanuts. Have some fresh basil ready as well as some peanut butter and anything else you want to use. Break chocolates into 1 to 1 ½ inch squares.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange graham cracker halves on top with a large marshmallow on each.
- Bake for about 5 minute or until marshmallows are golden.
- Leave smore’s on baking sheet and (carefully) gently press chocolate squares into marshmallows and top with anything your heart desires.
- Use a spatula to transfer s’mores to a serving platter—graham crackers will be hot, right out of the oven.
- I left mine open-faced but you can go the more traditional sandwich route if you wish.