July 30, 2015

S'mores: The Tastiest Food Trend

Reinvent this classic treat into a coffee beverage or with surprising toppings.

Reinvent this classic treat into a coffee beverage or with surprising toppings.

Food trends are constantly changing, from awesome new gadgets to tasty dishes. This summer, s’mores seems to be the hot ticket. You may have noticed that Starbucks offers a new Frappaccino made with chocolate, marshmallow and graham crackers. Even Oreos got involved with the fad. If you want to whip up some delicious s’mores-related dishes, here are a few to try:

S’mores pudding
If you’re prone to sugar comas, you may want to avoid this serious dessert. Instead of using chocolate bars, opt for pudding. Place graham crackers in a food processor and pulse until they’ve turned into a fine dust or crumble, depending on your texture preference. In a tall glass, layer the crumbs with marshmallow fluff and chocolate pudding. Not a fan of fluff? Melt marshmallows in the microwave and then add them to the glass. If you want to make this dessert really authentic, place a plain marshmallow on the pudding layer and use a blow torch to brown it. (Heat the marshmellow a little longer for that burnt flavor.) This treat is great for kids parties or even adult gatherings. It’s less messy than real s’mores (you won’t get it on your face) but still offers that nostalgic summer dessert taste.

Coffee s’mores
You can make your own version of a Frappaccino with a blender and a few basic ingredients. Gather coffee, ice, graham crackers, chocolate chips and marshmallows. To avoid watering down your drink, opt to freeze the coffee into ice cubes beforehand. Toss a handful into a blender along with some coffee. Mix until it reaches the consistency you prefer (some enjoy larger ice crystals and others want it smooth and blended). Pour the drink into a cup and top it with a marshmallow. You can toast the marshmellow while your drink is blending and then toss it on top for that golden bonfire flavor. Then add a few chocolate chips and some crunched-up graham crackers. Add a straw and enjoy! You can even blend in some chocolate sauce for a more mocha flavor.

Advanced s’mores
Classic s’mores ingredients are tasty, but you can get really creative to reinvent these delights. Add other candies like Swedish fish, Sour Patch Kids or M&Ms to a freshly toasted marshmallow for some colorful sugary fun. Or, place some crispy bacon in between layers of chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow. This s’more will be well-received by just about everyone. You could also add herbs like thyme and rosemary. Now that’s a fun way to use your Austin culinary arts school education!