Summer equals one thing in my sugar brain: S'mores! And while the classic campfire infused variation will always warm my heart, I've wanted to try out a smores bonbon for quite a while. So, finally I did and the result is so much more than I could have hoped for.
This recipe can either be a simple procedure with store bought goodies or you could make the grahams yourself (highly recommended) as well as the marshmallows.
Oh, and adding a little sugared orange zest to the top...
... takes these puppies to a whole new level. So. Very. Good.
Of course, if you're not much for all the mess of melting and dipping chocolate you can just make a mini sandwich and call it a perfectly beautiful homemade-marshmallow-and-gramcracker-ie-day. It's your summer, you can make the rules :)
Bonbon S'mores with Orange Curls:
Wonderful graham recipe can be found here (a half batch is more than enough for these treats)
A recipe for tasty marshmallow perfection can be found here.
- Graham Crackers (homemade or store bought)
- Marshmallows (homemade or store bought)
- Dark chocolate
- Granulated sugar (just a bit to coat the orange zest)
- An Orange
First make sure all of your ingredients are in the right sized pieces. For the Marshmallows a 3/4" - 1" cube is great. If you're making your own from scratch cut them to this size. If you have store bought marshmallows you can either cut the big ones down or use a more diminutive serving by using the "mini" marshmallows readily available. In order to make perfectly sized cookie bases for these bonbons (with nice little scalloped edges to boot) I hammered a nail through the inside of a washed bottle cap and used the nail shaft as a handle for the "cookie cutter." If you are using store bought grahams simply break them into roughly 1" squares.
In a double boiler, or in a metal bowl over a simmering pot of water, melt the chocolate. Then, with a wooden skewer, poke through the center of a marshmallow square and just into the center of a cookie (don't go all the way through). Using a rubber spatula to assist you, coat the marshmallow and it's graham base entirely in chocolate and set aside on a parchment lined baking sheet. Once all of the bonbons are coated, place them in the freezer to set.
While the chocolates cool, use a vegetable peeler (or a zester if you have one) to take the zest off of the orange. If you have wide strips from the peeler, cut these into very thin long pieces and toss with granulated sugar.
Take the bonbons out of the freezer before they are completely set and press an orange curl into the top of each treat. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
P.S. These would be perfect to go along with the Great American Backyard Campout going on this weekend!
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