You’re Going to Want S’more

You’re Going to Want S’more

S’more pancakes at Boilermaker (©Paul Wagtouicz)

Wednesday, Aug. 10, is National S’mores Day—which is definitely worth celebrating.

(I’m going to assume everyone knows what a s’more is. For those of you who don’t, please click here and watch a short clip from the 1993 film “The Sandlot” and I promise you’ll be all caught up.)

Here in the city, instead of indulging in traditional s’mores, some fine dining and dessert establishments have taken to putting a twist on this North American treat. Here are seven places where you can get some s’more-inspired goodness on its special day.

Boilermaker: For folks with late-night s’more cravings and a fondness for breakfast foods, try the s’mores pancakes. Available from midnight-close, you can get a stack of pancakes featuring marshmallow batter with graham crackers and a chocolate sauce topping.

Schmackary’s: According to their calendar, Sch’more cookies are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of August. These chewy confections have a honey graham base with semi-sweet chunks of chocolate, topped with toasted marshmallow.

Giorgio’s of Gramercy: The dessert menu features S’more Bread Pudding, which is chocolate-marshmallow bread pudding topped with caramel sauce and vanilla gelato, with a graham cracker garnish (that of course you can eat).

Butter & Scotch: You can get s’mores pie by the slice, whole or turned into a pie shake (by blending it with your choice of ice cream into a milkshake). The pie is created using a house-made graham crust and a milk chocolate custard, topped with freshly toasted marshmallow.

The Gander: The all day dining menu at The Bar Room in The Gander has something called Recette’s S’mores 2.0. This s’more tower features a layer of graham cracker cake, a layer of toasted homemade marshmallow and then a layer of chocolate sauce… and then another layer of each!

(Courtesy of Max Brenner)

Sugar Factory: This American Brasserie is known for its opulent goblets of crazy cocktails, as well as their decadent candy-coated milkshakes, but the menu also includes a s’mores martini that features chocolate and marshmallow in the martini part and a graham cracker rim.

Max Brenner: This is as close to the traditional s’more as this list gets—the Urban S’mores for Two. Part of the fondue options, guests can get graham crackers, marshmallows for grillings, melted milk chocolate, all served with warm peanut butter, toffee bananas and raspberry. If you’re looking for something a little colder, Max Brenner also offers “The Spectacular Melting Chocolate S’mores Sundae,” which also has a peanut butter slant to it.

I come from a family that takes s’more-making very seriously. Someone builds a (contained) fire in the yard, around which we all sit in a big circle. Whoever has the s’more-stuff tray is in charge of having the graham and chocolate ready for whoever is toasting their ‘mallow over the open fire. Our method is graham, one row (three connected rectangles) of Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate, toasted marshmallow, graham. Each person toasts his/her marshmallow according to taste—I like mine with an even golden-brown crust whereas my dad will purposefully set his marshmallow on fire until it's black on the outside. You do you.

Enjoy your s’more-inspired treats! (And then have some more…)

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