Intro: S'more Pretzel Bites
Not all s'mores must be the same. The tutorial provided will be reminiscent of traditional s'mores but with an added twist and multiple methods of preparing a marshmallow. This tutorial will be fun to create and of course provide a delicious treat. A basic understanding of cooking and preparing food is required but anyone can follow along to our easy instructions if it is your first time.
Traditionally, a campfire would be used to roast a marshmallow, but since not everyone has immediate access to a campfire, s'mores have been a limited treat. That is why in this Instructable three methods, all using home appliances, are listed in preparing a cooked marshmallow for your s'more. They include the microwave, a grill, and a stove top. Test each one out and see which you like the best!
If you do choose the stove or grill, fire it up on low for stove and medium for grill now so it can preheat while you are doing the other steps! Be careful - grab an adult for assistance if it is your first time.
Step 1: Preparation
Before you begin making the s'more, make sure that all of your ingredients and materials are in place so that they are easily accessible. The following are required:
Ingredients and Materials:
- Mixing Bowl
- Plates or paper towels
- Medium to small sauce pan (if using stove method)
- Graham Crackers
- Chocolate bars
- Aluminum foil (grill)
Let’s start cooking!
Step 2: Graham Cracker
Lay out 2 paper towels or paper plates – this is what you will lay the ingredients down on and eat off of.
Take out 2 full size graham crackers and break them in half hamburger style. Then, set 2 of the graham cracker squares on one plate.
Step 3: Add the Chocolate
Next, place a full size chocolate bars in the mixing bowl and place in the microwave for 30-40 seconds and take a spoon to stir the chocolate when it is finished – If the chocolate has not melted (it may still look solid but will be warm enough to stir it to a liquid) after 40 seconds, put it back in the microwave for increments of 10 seconds.
Make sure to keep an eye on it so the chocolate won’t burn! We will be coming back to the chocolate.
Before the chocolate becomes solid again, dip the face of all 4 of the graham cracker squares into the chocolate then set the chocolate covered side face-up on the paper towel or paper plate, this will be the bottom cracker. Place one or more pretzels (if you have the mini kind) on top of the chocolate to cover the chocolate cracker.
Now it is time to choose your method for the marshmallow. The following steps are listed as optional but you must choose at least one!
Step 4: Microwave (optional)
Place the marshmallow on a microwave safe plate on top of the graham cracker with chocolate and the pretzel(s) and cook on high for 5-10 seconds – you may see the marshmallow start to get bigger, if it does not expand in anyway leave the plate in for another 5 seconds. Do not cook for too long or else the marshmallow will be too gooey and chocolate will be burnt. This is the easiest and quickest method.
A good test to see if the marshmallow is done is to gently touch it. If it feels gooey and slightly melted it is done (refer to top image for a gooey marshmallow). If you touch it and still feels like out came of the package give it some more time.
Skip the next couple steps if this is your only method.
Step 5: Stove (optional)
The stove should be on low and hopefully heated up by now. Place your hand over your pan to feel if it is warm but not too hot. Place your marshmallows down on the pan and watch them closely. Rotate them frequently until they are browned or warm (your preference). I found about two-three minutes on each side was ideal and it passed my test as stated in the microwave step, rotate them every 20-30 seconds. Your cooking time will vary based on pan and stove so just watch them carefully!
Carefully place the marshmallow on top of the pretzels.
Step 6: Grill (optional)
The grill should be on low-medium and hopefully preheated by now. Place the marshmallow on top of the grate and watch it carefully so it does not melt through the grate. Flip the marshmallow after about 30 seconds. Leave on the grill for at least one minute. Cooking time will depend on your grill so watch the marshmallow closely! Do the touch test to see if it is done as mentioned in the microwave step.
Another method with the grill is to use aluminum foil around the marshmallow. Set the grill for this to medium-high and wrap the foil around the marshmallow. Cooking time will vary, 3-5 minutes worked best in my testing.
Carefully place the marshmallows on top of the pretzels.
Step 7: Add the Chocolate - Part II
Now back to the chocolate(!) – reheat the chocolate in the microwave (if it is solid) for 20-30 seconds, so that it is liquefied again. With your spoon, take a spoonful of chocolate and drizzle it over the already prepared marshmallows that have been placed on the graham crackers.
Step 8: Finalizing the S'more
Now, take the other two plain graham crackers and place them on top of the marshmallow and press it down gently. Grab some napkins and a glass of milk since this will be messy and enjoy!