Pinterest vs. reality: s’mores bark

Merry Christmas!  Today begins the family tour portion of the Christmas season in our house.  Between today and Tuesday, we will have four separate celebrations with extended family either at our home or their’s.  I do like that somehow, we’re able to do this after Christmas Day.  It’s great to just kick back, relax and spend time with those we love, but don’t get to see nearly often enough.

For the last eight or so years, I have tried to make a homemade food gift to give the adults in our family for Christmas.   I’ve made cookies, various kinds of chocolate covered pretzels, and last year, the ever-popular bourbon brownies.

These turned out darn tasty!
Last year’s decadent treats.

While certainly decadent, they were also pretty potent :).

This year, I decided return to a simpler, non-alcohol treat and scoured Pinterest for ideas.  I found these little goodies–S’mores Bark.

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I chose to use a recipe on eatingwell.com.  Four ingredients. No baking. And who doesn’t like S’mores? (Well, okay.  It turns out Marathon Man doesn’t like marshmallow, but he’s the exception.  How am I just finding out about this after 21 years of marriage?!)

The recipe I found calls for the following:

  • 2 cups chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (or chips)
  • 3/4 cup small graham cracker pieces
  • 3/4 cup mini marshmallows
  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. (Take care to avoid wrinkles.)
  2. Place chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave on Medium for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving on Medium, stirring every 20 seconds, until melted. (Alternatively, place in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water. Stir until melted.)
  3. Combine graham crackers and marshmallows in a small bowl. Stir half of the mixture into the melted chocolate. Scrape the chocolate onto the foil and spread it into a 9-inch square. Sprinkle with the remaining graham crackers and marshmallows, pressing any large bits in. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.
  4. Transfer the bark and foil to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces.

I followed the recipe for the most part:
–used parchment paper instead of foil
–combined 1 cup of milk chocolate chips and 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chip
–substituted 1/2 of the regular graham crackers with chocolate graham crackers
–used an 11″ x 17″ baking sheet

After the mixture was combined and refrigerated,  I fired up the broiler and placed the cold S’mores Bark in the broiler for 30 seconds, checking it frequently to make sure it didn’t burn.  This gave the marshmallows a toasted appearance, and because the bark was cold, the chocolate didn’t melt.

Here’s how my S’mores Bark turned out:

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All that’s left to do is box them up and give them away.

Have you tried this recipe before?  Leave a comment below!

Live. Laugh Love.

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One thought on “Pinterest vs. reality: s’mores bark

  1. What a nice treat to give to your friends. Maybe the reminder of fireside times at your home in the warmer months. Best wishes for you and your family for 2015. Enjoy your need job and never be afraid to start something new. It could be the adventure of your life. Love

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