S’mores Fudge Bars

  • S'mores-Fudge

    Last week it was chilly and cool.  I loved it.  I was able to wear a beanie, wrap a scarf around my neck, and even make myself a cup of hot chocolate.  And then, today happened.  80 degrees in the middle of December.  I got dressed and ready to head out, only to return to my closet and change into shorts and a t-shirt.  Oh, California.

    Christmas is a week away and all of a sudden I am pining for summer.  No matter how much I love winter, I miss long days and late sunsets.  I get a little sad when I look out the window at 5pm only to see darkness.

    Anyway, all this summer talk got me thinking S’MORES! 

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    No campfire s’mores.  And none of those cheater’s s’mores made over the kitchen stove.  I’m making s’mores FUDGE bars!  My boyfriend loves, loves, loves fudge.  I’m more of a chocolate bar person, but I’m learning to like it.  However, when you add fudge to the components of a s’more, I’m quite interested.

    Buttery and crumbly graham cracker base.  Rich and creamy chocolate fudge.  Ooey,gooey toasted marshmallows.  Yes to all of the above.

    I’ve been testing out chocolate desserts to bring to my family’s Christmas party this weekend.  I think I found a winner with this one.  These are sure to delight all the kids (as well as the adults).  I thought about spiking the chocolate with a splash of whiskey or rum for the grown-ups.  Because, honestly, it’s a not a holiday party without a little liquor.

    s'mores-fudge-with-a-glass-of-milkI’ll be making plenty of these during the summer months– especially because it is a quick, easy, no-bake dessert!  It can be stored in the fridge or kept at room temperature (read: perfect party and picnic food!).

    S'mores Fudge Bars

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 cups ground Graham crackers
    • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
    • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
    • 2 cups chopped dark chocolate (about 11 oz)
    • 1- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
    • 2 cups marshmallows

    Directions:

    1. Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper. Lightly grease with cooking spray. Set aside.
    2. In a medium bowl,combine ground graham crackers, sugar, and salt. Add melted butter and fold together until mixture is moistened. Transfer mixture to prepared square pan. Press into an even layer. Keep chilled in the fridge while you melt chocolate.
    3. Melt together chopped chocolate and sweetened condensed milk in a medium metal or glass bowl over a small pot filled with an inch of barely simmering water. Stir together until chocolate is melted. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate.
    4. Once chocolate has melted, remove from heat and pour chocolate over graham cracker crust. Sprinkle 2 cups of small marshmallows over chocolate. Press to ensure marshmallows adhere to chocolate. Place in fridge for at least 20 minutes for chocolate fudge to set.
    5. Remove from pan. Cut into desired portions. Use a kitchen torch to toast the marshmallows.

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    Comments

    Natasha @ The Cake Merchant

    These look amazing! I love the little toasted marshmallows on top.

    carissa

    I got to try some of these at Caren’s shortly after you made them. They taste even more amazing then they looked in the picture!

      Maryanne

      Awesome, thanks! Glad you were able to taste them!! :)

    Monique

    Hi there!
    Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe!
    I tried it today and I had problems with the crust not attaching to the chocolate layer.
    Do you have any tips for me?
    Thanks again!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Hi Monique! You may have overheated the chocolate. That causes the fat from the chocolate to separate, which may have been the reason why the chocolate didn’t stick to the crust. To ensure the chocolate melts over gentle heat, you could bring 1-inch of water to a boil then remove it from the stove before you place the bowl of chocolate over the pot. The steam escaping from the just boiled water should be enough heat to melt the chocolate.

    Marianne

    Hi Caren
    These S’more Fudge Bars look great and would be a fun 4th of July dessert. My problem is that I do not have a kitchen torch. Could I briefly put them in the broiler for a very short amount of time.
    Thank you Marianne

      Maryanne Cabrera

      A kitchen torch will yield the best results because you can control the amount of heat used on the marshmallows. If you want to use a broiler, make sure the baking rack is placed right underneath the broiler. Depending on how hot your broiler get, it should take less than one minute. Just make sure that you don’t heat it so much that the chocolate layer melts.

    haermana

    hey! for the condensed milk in this recipe, it’s one 14oz can right? thanks! these look amazing

    Jessie

    Hi Maryanne,

    I don’t have a kitchen torch, will it be fine if I just pop it in the oven? If yes, what’s the required temperature?

    Much love and thanks,

    Jessie

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Hi Jessie, the kitchen torch is ideal so you don’t melt the fudge bars. In a pinch you could set it directly under an oven broiler for 15-20 seconds until the marshmallows are toasted. Keep an eye on it because the heat may cause the fudge bars to melt.