S’mores on a Stick – Marshmallow Pops!

by on December 9, 2010

Everyone has been giggling over Sunday’s adorable Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Pops.  Although they aresuper cute (check out Katie’s too), easy to make, and very festive for the Christmas season, they aren’t my favorite.

Even as a kid, I was never a big marshmallow fan. At least in it’s normal solid state.  Marshmallows in the big colorful boxes of sugar, I mean cereal… Pass the cheerios, please. Rocky Road ice cream… Meh.   But marshmallows which had been made molten under the flame or from bathing in mug hot chocolate, those made me giddy.

ready to go, before the marshmallow torch!

So when we were talking about making the chocolate dipped marshmallows, my thoughts went to making a live-action s’mores-on-a-stick.  Not just the prerequisite of marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker, but of leaving half the marshmallow exposed and torching the little bugger.

When Diane had the festive idea of coating the chocolate marshmallows with crushed candy canes, and we considered putting the fraternal pairs in the same post together.

But we had limited time Sunday morning before running out the door for the day, and after Diane rocked my scissor, Sunday’s post was decided to be candy caned.

The live-action s’more pops were still too good not to share,  so we finally managed to squeeze in a photo session for them this morning.  Marshmallow half coated in dark chocolate, sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs, then softened and charred with a torch. “Flash!” And I’m giddy like a little kid.

Thanks for tolerating the back-to-back marshmallow pop posts.

-Todd

Before: marshmallow s’mores pops before the torch

Torch the marshmallows to make them soft and warm

serve them warm, gooey and perfect!

Here! Have one.

S'mores Marshmallow Pops

Total Time: 20 minutes

Once again we are tempering the chocolate using the seeding method.  When torching the marshmallows, use the lowest flame setting you can, not letting the flame stay on one spot on the marshmallows (they'll catch on fire quickly) and be ready to quickly blow out the inevitable flare up on the marshmallows.  Just like over the campfire, there is a gentle art to perfectly singeing the marshmallows.

Ingredients:

  • Dark Chocolate, finely chopped
  • Marshmallows
  • Graham Crackers, finely chopped
  • Other things needed:

  • Scale
  • Bain Marie
  • Thermometer
  • Sticks for pops
  • Torch

Directions:

  1. Temper the chocolate. Weigh out a large portion of the chopped chocolate.  Weigh out  another portion which is 25% the weight of the first. Add larger amount to a pan in a bain marie and gently heat the chocolate until it reaches 120°F. Remove from heat.
  2. Add the second portion of chocolate and stir until the temperature drops to 85°F (should take about 10-15 min.) Test the chocolate's temper-Dip one side of a small strip of parchment into the chocolate, then set aside to cool and harden.  After about 5 minutes you'll be able to tell if the chocolate is properly tempered or if there is a grittiness or bloom (looks streaky).
  3. Keep chocolate at a good working temp., between 85°F and not exceeding 89°F by occasionally placing chocolate on bain marie to gently raise temperature for a minute or so.
  4. Have chopped graham crackers set aside in a bowl.
  5. By hand, dip the marshmallows halfway into the tempered chocolate. Pull it out of the chocolate, letting the excess drip off, then skewer the marshmallow from the chocolate end, leaving the bare part of the marshmallow exposed at the top.  Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs, then set topside down to allow the chocolate to set.
  6. When ready to pass out the s'mores, light your torch and set it to its lowest setting. Gently torch the exposed marshmallow by waving the flame across the surface. Quickly blow out any flare-ups on the marshmallows.  Serve immediately.
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Estela @ Weekly Bite December 9, 2010 at 2:59 am

These are so cute! I love how one side is dipped in chocolate and the other is toasted!

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2 Jessica @ How Sweet December 9, 2010 at 3:42 am

Oh how I love s’mores… these are too fun.

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3 Robin December 9, 2010 at 4:34 am

What a great idea!
I agree, marshmallows must be toasted…in fact nearly burnt to be great. I love smores….especially smores with peanut butter with the chocolate and grahams. I’m trying to think of ways now to add peanut butter to your marshmallow pops….

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4 Blog is the New Black December 9, 2010 at 4:35 am

Ok, so I’ve made these before, and mine didn’t taste or look nearly as good as yours!

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5 Wenderly December 9, 2010 at 4:36 am

You’ve solved my s’more dilemma.
Neat & tidy on a stick. No broken graham crackers after the first bite!
Brilliant!

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6 Liz December 9, 2010 at 5:10 am

These are fantastic too! I am going to have to try this for a party centerpiece!

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7 Jenny Flake December 9, 2010 at 6:18 am

OK, when you guys were talking about these yesterday I had no idea they would turn out Sooooo adorable! LOVE these and need to make them ASAP!

xoxox
Jenny

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8 kelley {mountain mama cooks} December 9, 2010 at 6:27 am

Oh man would my little boy LOVE these. He’s a bit obsessed with marshmallows!

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9 justcooknyc December 9, 2010 at 6:53 am

love these

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10 JennKD December 9, 2010 at 7:34 am

Probably a stupid question, but could you just melt the chocolate with a little warm cream or do you really have to go through the tempering/thermometer process?

Also – if you don’t have a torch – could you use the broiler?

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11 White on Rice Couple December 9, 2010 at 7:59 am

You could make a ganache for dipping if you’d prefer. The chocolate texture will be softer. You could also use Candy Melts if you’d prefer not to temper.

We don’t recommend using the broiler. The marshmallows singe very quickly and using the broiler opens up for a bunch of problems.

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12 Cookin' Canuck December 9, 2010 at 7:49 am

You’re killing me! These are absolutely adorable and would be a huge hit with my kids.

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13 Nancy@acommunaltable December 9, 2010 at 7:55 am

Clever!! I will definitely have to make these for my crew! At one time I was the reigning Queen of S’mores at White’s Landing on Catalina Island and started a bit of a revolution – s’mores there have never (ahem) been the same.

Robin, I think you could coat the bottom of the marshmallow with peanut butter and then dip in chocolate!!

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14 jenjenk December 9, 2010 at 7:58 am

How brilliant!! [but i expect nothing less from you two!]

I love to burn my marshmallows – anything to make them extra crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside!!

this post is heaven.

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15 Paula - bell'alimento December 9, 2010 at 8:05 am

That is pure bliss on a stick!

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16 Shaina December 9, 2010 at 8:14 am

Yum. My kids are going to love you for this. (As if they weren’t already your best friends for the peppermint marshmallows.)

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17 Anna December 9, 2010 at 8:18 am

Looks amazing! I agree with you on the marshmallows–unless they’re melted in a s’more, they’re forgettable. Thanks for sharing a new way to enjoy a classic!

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18 My Simple Food December 9, 2010 at 8:31 am

Looks so adorable. Your photography is simply beautiful. I wish I can take beautiful photos like you. Keep it up! :)

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19 Katie | GoodLife Eats December 9, 2010 at 8:36 am

I love these! Smores on a stick sound way easier to eat too, of course I’m thinking in terms of a 5 and 3 yr old. I will definitely be trying these with the kiddies. And thanks so much for sharing my peppermint marshmallows. :)

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20 Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls December 9, 2010 at 10:14 am

These are adorable!!! Love these!

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21 Chez Us December 9, 2010 at 10:16 am

Too funny that you guys made these. My god-daughter was looking at cookbook (yes, she is 4 and a foodie) and was admiring the cake pops in it, while we were holiday shopping on Tuesday. She then turned to me and said maybe we can put a s’more on a stick (she is a marshmallow and chocolate addict). Have been tossing around the idea since ….. you beat us to the punch!

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22 Lauren at KeepItSweet December 9, 2010 at 10:32 am

omg i love these! and i definitely prefer torched marshmallows to regular

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23 Lori @ RecipeGirl December 9, 2010 at 11:24 am

So cute! Love that you can torch ‘em and eat ‘em!

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24 marla {family fresh cooking} December 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

Nice you guys, really nice! Good deal that you gave each marshmallow preparation it’s own post. I like to savor & enjoy each presentation. Love that beanie cap you got on Todd for our slightly chilly OC days.

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25 moowiesqrd December 9, 2010 at 11:41 am

I feel the same about marshmallows… can’t stand them in their basic, but once in contact with heat, they’re perfect. Those pops look delish and can I tell you how much I love those blue-glass Ball jars?

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26 Kms December 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Oh, yes please. I’ll take 100 of those beauties!! Xo.

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27 Ngoc Nguyen December 9, 2010 at 12:56 pm

These look awesome!!
Can I borrow that torch?

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28 nicolette December 9, 2010 at 7:57 pm

These are darling! I agree, toasting marshmallows is the only way to go. Well done!

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29 Sues December 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I have a s’mores addiction, so I really must make these! They’re absolutely adorable :)

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30 Barbara December 10, 2010 at 4:37 am

Those are so adorable! Will definitely be making them for the kids!

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31 Ann (napangel) December 10, 2010 at 10:27 am

You, sir, are a genius.

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32 Helene December 11, 2010 at 7:50 am

My kids would love these. They are so cute!

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33 the jewish hostess December 11, 2010 at 7:06 pm

check out our s’more brownie bites! Love your recipes!

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34 Antje December 12, 2010 at 2:49 am

What a wonderful idea. We will surprise the children with it. We discovered s´mores last summer on our trip to the states and the kids just loved it. For some strange reason my 9 year old son called them “bash”. Best, Antje

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35 michele December 13, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Effing.
Brillaint.
Thank you!!!

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36 Fran December 16, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Oh how I want to make these right now! But it’s a bit late tonight. I HAVE to make these this weekend. They look incredible! Can’t wait to try it. Good use of a kitchen torch.

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37 tonya December 18, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Great minds think alike! Here are ours from a few weeks ago. We ate them right up! http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonyadoughty/5225195431/
Love your take on toasting though, will try that next time :)

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38 Akila January 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Goodness, these are awesome. I totally want to make these!

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39 Mindy October 12, 2011 at 9:05 am

We are a gluten free & vegan household so I am *delighted* you’ve shared this recipe*!* Gluten free graham crackers are too crumbly to enjoy smores without major crumbs, dark chocolate won’t melt in the smores well at all, and vegan marshmallows behave exactly like regular ones. You’ve come up with the perfect solution to my problem.

Thank you for bringing this favorite sweet treat of mine back home. ^_^ They’ll be featured at my Halloween party this month & I can hardly wait.

~*ooey gooey love to you*~

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40 Diem February 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm

omg…Must make these. I just got a torch for creme brulee, yippee another use for the torch.

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41 cooking rookie April 12, 2012 at 5:53 am

Hehe – such aristocratic s’mores – individually torched :-). Almost like a tanning spa for marshmallows (as opposed to public beach)
I just found this site through Pinterest and I love it – the pics and the presentation are gorgeous! Cu soon!

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42 michelle @ The Village Cook April 18, 2012 at 3:46 am

I need a blow torch now. Just for marshmallows. And creme brulee… thank you for inspiring me to get one. As always, fun post to read & beautiful to look at.

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