The intermittent crackle, warm glow of a fire, embers drifting into the pitch black night sky. Friends gather around, laughter filling the space, long twigs fallen from trees cast a shadow in the light. And at the end of the twig, what was a white, firm, fluffy parcel, is now transformed into a caramelized, brown (sometimes black) crusty morsel of ooey gooey sweetness.
I'm not a poet. But I do know one thing. Campfires = s'mores. And s'mores are a summertime favourite. I think it's the whole ritual of gathering with friends around a fire. There's a freeing nature to it, maybe even caveman-like. I know my husband would jump at the chance to get a firepit. LOL.
S'mores are a decadent and sweet messy treat, usually eaten over a campfire. They consist of graham crackers, fire-roasted marshmallow, and chocolate. And when combined together, it metamorphasizes into an unctuous, gooey delight where you can't help but get it all over your face and fingers.
The star of s'mores is definitely the marshmallow. Warm, gooey, sweet, sticky -- the melty marshmallows -- they're the glue that holds the chocolate and graham crackers together.
As someone who finds marshmallows typically a little too sweet, I wanted to make a more sophisticated version -- still classic, but with a twist.
As marshmallows are already sweet, I wanted to tone down the sweetness with the perfect pairing -- matcha green tea. But how? I made my own matcha chocolate squares, added a (homemade) fire-roasted marshmallow, and sandwiched it between 2 graham crackers.
The slight bitterness in the matcha chocolate knocks down the sweetness to a level that in my opinion, is more enjoyable, at least for adults. Plus, there's the added caffeine kick to keep you going through the 15th round singing Kumbaya around the campfire.
If you're like me and enjoy s'mores, but prefer a less saccharine version of them -- try out this recipe for Matcha S'mores -- it will bring out the kid in you, minus the sugar high. Or not. 😉
If you want to double up on the matcha, make matcha-dusted marshmallows like I did here: just dust the cut ends of the marshmallow with matcha powder mixed with some icing sugar.
Make the matcha chocolate (but instead of piping them into chips, pipe them into squares) and proceed as per the original recipe.
Toast marshmallow over a fire or over a heat source.
Place matcha chocolate and toasted marshmallow on a graham cracker and sandwich with another on top.
Enjoy the oozing gooey medley immediately.