Restaurant Smores: Don’t be a victim

Smores desserts at restaurants are not worth your money because they are simply a NOVELTY item. It’s just like “wow! smores! HERE!” which is cool, but you can make your own smores for wayyyyy less money than that. Obviously. Although restaurants have the best of intentions in trying to provide you with the memory-triggering summertime outdoorsy treat of smores, they have no choice but to overcharge you for their often minimally stylized version of the classic treat. The fact is that a single serving of smores does not cost anywhere near $5-$7, but if they charged you $3-$4 you’d realize “oh, well I can just make these at home.” (You can anyway!) The psychology of pricing!!! Crazy. Don’t be a victim.

Friends, resist the temptation, and stop by the grocery store on the way home and pick up some supplies yourself on the way home. Toast your regular, warm fuzzy feeling smores with the oven on broil or a little lower (375 maybe?) for a few minutes to brown the marshmallows and soften the chocolate, or microwave them  if you just want everything melted a little.

If you want a stepped of version of smores more elaborate and delicious than I’ve ever seen at a restaurant, here’s one from the Pampered Chef Delightful Desserts cookbook. It’s much more cost effective too, as it serves 24 people!!! Just kidding. That’s what it says, but they cut those bars so damn small, it’s really a shame… 16 maybe. OH, and here’s TONS, look at those photos!! From the blog Design Crush.

Smores Galore
20 whole graham crackers
6 milk chocolate bars (1.55 ounces each aka “regular” sized Hershey bars)
1 16oz. (aka regular sized) bag of mini marshmallows
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 tablespoons milk

9×13 or similar rectangular baking pan

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Arrange a single layer of graham crackers to completely cover the bottom of the pan, breaking them where needed, and toast in the oven for 2 minutes.

2. Coarsely break the remaining crackers and set aside. Coarsely chop all of the chocolate and set aside.

3.Combine 3 cups of marshmallows, 3 tablespoons of butter and the milk into a bowl and microwave on high for one minute. Stir until smooth. Add about half of the chopped chocolate and stir until it is completely melted. Spread mixture over graham crackers in pan.

4. Melt remaining 3 tablespoons of butter and toss with broken crackers. Add remaining marshmallows and chocolate and toss lightly.

5. Spoon mixture evenly over mixture in pan. Bake 8-10 minutes or until marshmallows are lightly browned. Cool 15 minutes.

Eat soon after baking (a day or two) or dem crackers gon get soft.


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