Saturday, October 17, 2015

Pamela's Products - Chocolate Grahams; s'mores - Oct. 17, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Pamela's Products, Inc.
Chocolate Grahams - Gluten-Free Graham Style Crackers
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.27 oz. (36 g.) / 7.5 oz. (212.6 g.) total box
Calories: 180 calories in 2 pieces
Cost: $N/A - gift (Thank you John)
Purchased from: N/A - gift

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and the Great Outdoors Theme Week.

S'mores are arguably our favorite outdoor chocolate treat in the U.S.A. A s'more is a graham cracker sandwich filled with a warm, gooey (and occasionally charred) campfire-roasted marshmallow and a square of warm, melting chocolate.

I find s'mores almost too sweet now, but we fantasized about them as young, campfire smoke-scented campers.

For this reason, I was happy to receive a gift of a box of gluten-free Chocolate Grahams graham style crackers from Pamela's Products, Inc. (Ukiah, CA), that allowed me to re-create a sweet campfire memory. These chocolate grahams, glistened with sugar crystals, and smelled and tasted like "real" graham crackers.

First I made an "grown-up"* version of a s'more—an open-faced version with single origin dark chocolate square, a toasted marshmallow, and toasted chopped almonds (that helped balance the high sugar level). My original overly ambitious plan was to make the marshmallows from scratch (using a mallow plant/flowers). Maybe next time.

The open-faced s'more was good, but required a plate and fork. It resulted in fingers covered with melted chocolate. I was reminded why s'mores are eaten sandwich-style. Adding another graham on top reduced the chocolatey fingers "problem."

*Grown-up (or indoor) versions of something can be boring or pretentious. I could have poured brandy on this s'more and lit it on fire, but a flambeed s'more seemed over the top—even for a chocolate mad scientist, and a bit dangerous if you're near dry grass. 

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