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s'more bars

When I went to college, fresh out of a French high school, I had to write an English test to prove that I indeed could read and write in English. Part of the exam was an essay and the uninspiring topic was “where do you see yourself in 10 years.” I think I spent three-quarters of the time just sitting, staring at a blank page. I had never cared to look to the future dreamily, and there I was in an exam room having to prove that I understood English by writing an essay about something I didn’t want to contemplate. Needless to say, my essay was so awful that they threw me in “English for immigrants”, a class destined for those who were unfamiliar with the language. I kid you not. Trouble is, English is my mother tongue. I think that’s what happens when you make Jan contemplate the future.

s'more ingredients

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about that English placement essay and I’ve started to wonder if, today, I could answer that question any better. Where do I see myself in 10 years, or 5 years, or even just in the next 6 months? Honestly, I still have no idea what the future will bring. It’s still kind of blank for me. I guess that I see a big question mark made of neon lights with that buzzing sound. I think I just live day by day and wait to see what will happen next rather than trying to predict. Somehow, I’d rather just live than waste time worrying about what’s going to happen.

melting Hershey's

Instead of analyzing my life and uncertain future, I’ve been contemplating s’mores: roasted marshmallow and a couple squares of Hershey’s milk chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers. When was the last time you had one? I haven’t had a s’more in ages. I used to love the smell of smoke from a fire in a fire place, or better yet a campfire outdoors. I used to roast my marshmallows on a twig until they’d practically catch fire.

s'more bars

Alas, I don’t have a fire place in my apartment, and I’m pretty sure if I lit a campfire on my balcony, my neighbors would freak out and call the cops on me. So to satisy that craving, I made these s’more bars (no fire required!) with a graham cracker crust, a layer of milk chocolate (Hershey’s brand of course, and I will accept no substitutes!), and topped with mini marshmallows. The heat of the blind-baked crust turns the chocolate all melty and I then topped the bars with mini marshmallows and finished them on broil to puff the marshmallows and turn them golden brown. It’s simple. It’s satisfying. It warms the heart.

 

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S'more bars

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 9 bars
Author Janice

Ingredients

  • 125 grams graham cracker crumbs 1 1/4 cups
  • 70 grams unsalted butter 5 tbsp, melted
  • 1/8 tsp salt or more for a saltier crust
  • 4 bars Hershey’s milk chocolate 45g each, broken into little rectangles
  • 100 grams mini marshmallows this works out to 150–200 of them

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease the sides of an 8×8-inch square pan. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the crumbs and melted butter until the crumbs are all evenly moistened. Spread them in the prepared pan and press to create an even base.
  4. Bake the crust for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the oven and immediately top with a single layer of chocolate. Let stand for 3 minutes then spread the chocolate with a fork.
  6. Preheat the oven to broil. Top the bars with a layer of mini marshmallows and brown them in the oven on the top rack for a minute or two (keep your eye on them to avoid them catching fire!).
  7. Let the bars cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.

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9 Responses to S’more bars

  1. mobb July 16, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    smores!!

  2. Lynn July 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I haven’t s’mores in so long!

  3. Christine AKA Girl Versus Kitchen July 18, 2012 at 2:38 am #

    I’m making these right now (graham cracker crust is in the oven as I type) for a baby shower at work tomorrow! I’ll let you know how they’re received .. get it?!? Received?! Haha.

  4. Christine AKA Girl Versus Kitchen July 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    The baby shower is now over and they were AMAZING! I made two batches, AND cut them small, and they disappeared so quickly! I will say that I refrigerated them overnight and cut them this morning; the crust was pretty crumbly but I’m sure I didn’t measure the butter correctly. Fantastic recipe!

    • Jan July 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

      Hi Christine! So happy you enjoyed the s’more bars! About the crust, I find with graham cracker crusts, the trick is to very firmly pack the crumbs into the pan (even using another square pan to press it into place, otherwise they do crumble a bit (especially the corners). That being said, if you found the initial crumb mixture too crumbly, perhaps just an extra tablespoon could have fixed it. Some people even add in a little cream or even just water to adjust the consistency. Hope that helps!

  5. Torviewtoronto July 20, 2012 at 3:46 am #

    delicious dessert

  6. Yumgoggle July 22, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    How you see yourself in the future is a topic that makes my mind think about a lot of things, so fast, so many that I may not be able to put anything in writing too, despite the collage of pictures and ideas in my mind. So I guess, I’d rather think about food too, than think about the future. Let’s say we’ll just take it a bite at a time. Or a forkful at a time, as I cut through this delcious treat. I am so into smores after I got a glimpse of your recipe. Lovely treat, this is.

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  7. Melissa@Eyes Bigger July 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    I have a slightly different recipe for smores bars that I make and they are sooo good. Nothing I make disappears as fast as those do. Something about a childhood reminder methinks!
    The future will happen – it has a way of doing that 😉 You can worry about it a lot or like you said, you can just get on with living in the present. I believe things happen for a reason and everything that happens to you in the present is just like those lights on a runway – they guide you in to the place you’re supposed to be 🙂

  8. Blue Apocalypse July 26, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    I have never thought about making smores as a baked bar before. Love the idea and looking forward to trying it out.

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