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OCTOBER 1999
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Kevin's S'Mores Indoors

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Kevin's S'Mores Indoors

Tips: Everyone knows about s'mores, the graham cracker-chocolate-toasted marshmallow sandwiches that are the perfect ending to a cook-out. But supposing you and your crew would like some now? It's October, so it might be raining or blustery or just too cold to fire up the grill, but you can still make s'mores quickly and easily.

While you can make something resembling s'mores in the micr

owave, I don't think the result is very good. You have to watch the marshmallows very closely, the graham crackers become soggy, and the whole thing just loses appeal. Making s'mores in your oven isn't instantaneous, but it's pretty fast, you can make a decent number at the same time, and the marshmallows won't explode if they're heated for a few seconds too long.

Tired of the standard combination? Instead of using milk chocolate, use a miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cup (the ones I use are 0.6 ounces each--an ideal size, but remember to unwrap them!) or one "fun size" or two "miniature" candy bars. You can also substitute semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, as long as the bar of either is thin. I do not use chocolate graham crackers here, because they always taste scorched to me after they're heated. Thanks to my friend Kevin for suggesting these!

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, shiny side up.

For each s'more, break a graham cracker in half (the graham crackers I use measure just under 5 inches long by about 2-1/4 inches wide). Place one half on the lined cookie sheet. Place one soft, fresh, large marshmallow in the center of the graham cracker half. Have ready the other grham cracker half and a piece of a thin milk chocolate bar (or substitute, as described above). The chocolate should be almost large enough to cover a half graham cracker.

Bake the graham cracker half with the marshmallow on it in the preheated oven for 4 minutes (the marshmallow will swell slightly). Remove baking sheet from oven. Immediately place the milk chocolate on top of the marshmallow, then top with the other graham cracker half. Press down to spread the softened marshmallow just to the edges of the graham cracker and to imbed the chocolate in the warm marshmallow. Leave on the still-hot baking sheet for 1 to 2 minutes, then eat immediately.

If you use a "fun size" or two "miniature" candy bars, place it/them on the other graham cracker half and bake along with the marshmallow graham cracker half. After 4 minutes of baking, remove from oven; carefully put the two graham cracker halves together, marshmallow and candy bar sides in, and press together gently (ingredients may be hot--be careful!). Let sit as above, then eat immediately.


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