Another national food day, National S'More Day! Everyone has had a s'more it's like a right of passage during the summer as a kid. Whether you had some around a camp fire, or in your backyard, a s'more is a decadent and lip smacking delicious treat. Instead of making the traditional graham cracker classic s'more I wanted to make a snack version.
The history of the s'more is a bit unclear. There is a theory that it was originally created during the Victorian era, known back then as "sandwich cookies". They were cookies or sponge cakes mostly that were sandwiched with a curd or jam. Not exactly what we think of as a s'more today. The more common recipe we are familiar with and it is documented in a Girl Scout campfire manual from 1927 was called, "some more". We have clearly shortened the name.
The marshmallow dates back to the 1800s in France. A pastry or confectioner maker wanted to do something with the mallow plants extract, mallow sap. He whipped it like egg whites and created this pillowy creation of a marshmallow. Nowadays marshmallows are made with gelatin and not the sap.
I wanted to create a snack version of this that is still a delicious treat but a bit better for you. That's where the idea of the banana came into play. Bananas make a for a great vehicle to enjoy something sweet but with more nutritional value. This also helps to control the serving size of the snack item. Remember this is a snack! Another reason why this is a great treat is that if you have kids get them involved in making this, let them get a little messy with the chocolate and enjoy a summer treat that is good for them. The reason these are better you is because the marshmallows being used are from Dandies, they are nonGMO and contain 0 (ZERO) corn syrup, the chocolate is dark chocolate, and the mini chocolate chip cookies are organic from Around the Globe Baking Co. Below are the links to both of these companies.
Yields 6 servings
½ cupDandies marshmallows
1/3 cup Dark Chocolate Chips- I used Whole Foods 365
2-3 Bananas – ¼ to ½ inch sliced
½-3/4 cup Mini Chocolate Chips – Around the Globe
1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for the 30 seconds. Add another 30 seconds and remove from the microwave and stir the chocolate until melted.
2. Slice the banana.
3. Assemble the s’mores: banana, marshmallow, mini chocolate chip cookie, banana, and dark chocolate. I find that it is best to smoosh the marshmallows together to flatten it a bit so that they stack nicely the layer.
4. Serve and enjoy!