Raise the (Chocolate) Bar: 5 Ways to Make S’mores Even Better

10/15/2013 at 05:09 PM ET


With just three ingredients—graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows—you have all you need to create a warm, gooey, sweet snack. But melt enough ‘mallows with your kids and, like anything, the novelty is lost. You may say they’re left wanting a little something…s’more.

To pastry chef Thiago Silva, who makes a s’mores pizza at restaurants Catch NY and Catch Miami, changing up the classic combo helps you build a unique family tradition. (Every family does s’mores…but how many do ice-cream sandwich s’mores?)

Silva, a new dad, jazzes up the campfire (or stovetop, or microwave!) treat in a way that’ll get kids as excited as if they were roasting their first marshmallow. “I can’t wait for my little guy to be big enough so we can s’more it up!” he says.

Try a PB&M(c). The “m” is for marshmallow, of course! Spread peanut butter on the graham crackers before adding a layer of chocolate and melty marshmallow, Silva says. Go extra decadent by adding a smear of jelly, too.

Add ice cream. What’s the scoop on a one-of-a-kind s’more? Subbing out the chocolate for chocolate ice cream to make an ice cream sandwich. “If I could, I would put ice cream on just about anything,” Silva says.

Toss in Halloween loot. Ask your kid to dig through his or her trick-or-treat bag and pick candies that would taste best with marshmallows and graham crackers. Silva loves s’mores with peanut butter cups, caramel-filled chocolate bars, crisped-rice crunch bars and nougats.

Swap sweet for savory. Don’t have a sweet tooth? No problem—there’s a s’more for that! “Cut up some cheddar cheese into squares and skewer them, roast like you would marshmallows, and place on your favorite cracker” to create a mini riff on grilled cheese, Silva says. “You can add ham and veggies as well.”

Fold in fruit. Make your s’mores semi-healthy by using chocolate-covered strawberries or bananas instead of plain chocolate. The thin coating of chocolate will pack fewer calories —but will still melt into a nice ooey-gooey layer—and you get to have fun dipping the fruits into melted chocolate. “Use cold fruit so the chocolate can harden quickly and then melt after you add the warm marshmallow,” Silva says.

Which one will you be trying the next time the s’mores mood strikes?

—Karen J. Quan

FILED UNDER: Chocolate , Dessert , Kids

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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