Did you know Sunday, August 10 was National S’mores Day?
I did. If I were a clever blogger, I’d have posted this recipe then. But I’m not. I’m a woops-that-happened blogger who at least comes up with some damn good s’mores. So I figure that makes up for it, right?
My ultimate all-time favorite s’mores are certainly my blackberry white chocolate s’mores, because, I mean, come on. They’re perfect! But a close second? These dark chocolate cherry s’mores, layered with fresh cherries and rich, slightly bitter dark chocolate, all pillowed by a gooey, torched marshmallow. Tender, buttered graham crackers are your hedonistic vessels, delivering that rich, perfect combination to your face (emphasis on the ‘face’ part, especially in O’s case.. sorry, honey! Even fancy lawyers and marathon runners have to hear embarrassing stories sometimes).
We all know and love the classic pairing of dark chocolate and cherries, and this is s’more is a current, totally down-to-earth iteration of the delectable duo. Make them while cherries are in season! They’d be perfect for a Labor Day dessert, thrown together casually outdoors–little to no prep required. Beautiful, right?
And people will love them. They just will. Remember my marshmallow-less s’mores I made for friends? In a thank you note from the birthday girl, she mentioned her husband loved the gourmet s’mores so much, he’d made her make them already! And that was without marshmallows, people.
Make these. You’ll get invited to a lot more summer get-together after, I swear!
Dark Chocolate Cherry S'mores
- 2 graham crackers
- 1 teaspoon butter , melted
- 1 large marshmallow
- 1 square (about 1 ounce) good dark chocolate, from a bar
- 2 ripe cherries , halved and pitted
Preheat your broiler.
Brush both sides of the graham crackers with melted butter. Place in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate and lay a square of dark chocolate on graham cracker (for every two). Microwave about 30-45 seconds, or until the dark chocolate is beginning to soften and melt. Don't microwave too long, or parts of your graham cracker will burn!
Transfer the graham cracker with white chocolate on it to a pan and place a marshmallow on top of the dark chocolate. Place under broiler and watch carefully--about 90 seconds to 2 minutes. The marshmallow should puff up and begin to brown; don't let over-brown or your graham cracker will suffer! If you prefer your marshmallow a bit more toasted, use a kitchen torch to brown the naked edge.
Spoon halved cherries onto top of toasted marshmallow and top with remaining graham cracker. Serve immediately.
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