Sunday, October 28, 2012
Here are two important facts about me:
1) S'mores are one of my favorite foods in the entire world.
2) I love artisanal things.
When you combine these two facts, it should go without saying that the idea of artisanal s'mores really, really appealed to me.
S'more Bakery was at Smorgasburg this weekend, so obviously I had to try one of their s'mores. They have such an extensive menu! Pumpkin-flavored marshmallows! Vanilla bean specked salted caramel sauce! Whole wheat graham crackers! I ordered "the chocolatiest thing you have," and they gave me a marshmallow with dark chocolate ganache sandwiched between chocolate grahams.
Here's the thing, though: I didn't love it. It was fine, in that it is impossible for chocolate and marshmallows to ever be anything worse than fine. But the truth is that a man who is browning a marshmallow with a handheld torch is just never going to be as good as actually roasting a marshmallow over an open flame. It just can't be. You cannot get the right s'more consistency without a bonfire, and I know because I have tried.
I have never found a s'more, no matter how artisanal and fancy the ingredients, that compares to Hershey's milk chocolate, Nabisco grahams, and cheap marshmallows perfectly burned over a campfire.
BOTTOM LINE: Creative idea and ingredients with a disappointing meltiness and consistency.