Take everything you love about s’mores (crispy graham crackers, melty chocolate, and gooey, slightly charred marshmallows) and add popping candy. What do you get? Why a flavor explosion, of course!
If you have a campfire handy, great, you can make these s’mores the traditional way. But if you don’t, I’ve got an easy method to make indoor s’mores in under 10 minutes, no campfire required.
Of course, I couldn’t go and make firecracker s’smores without actual firecrackers. They really set the mood… don’t you think? And yes, I totally lit sparklers inside and didn’t burn the house down (don’t worry, Taylor had the fire extinguisher primed and ready just in case).
(Disclaimer: you should probably heed the warning on the package and always light sparklers outside. I am a terrible role model.)
This is a recipe I’ve been wanting to make every since Trader Joe’s came out with a pop rocks chocolate bar. Unfortunately the idea came to me last year, oh, around the 10th of July. This is so obviously a 4th of July recipe, so I’ve been holding on to the idea until the timing was just right.
That time is now. Hallelujah.
Can I just say that s’mores may be one of the easiest things to make, but they rank up there with quesadillas and casseroles as some of the hardest things to photograph. We went through three stacks before we finally got a good one that would stand up on its own and still look reasonably gooey (too gooey and the marshmallows start sliding all over the place… it’s a mess). Of course I had to make it even harder by adding actual fireworks to the shot too. I’m a glutton for punishment, apparently, in addition to just being a plain glutton.
It was worth it though.
Instead of the typical chocolate bar, I used Trader Joe’s Firecracker chocolate bar, made with popping candy and chili pepper for an added kick (as if the pop rocks weren’t enough). Chuao also has a similar product. That said, if you’re sprinkling your final s’mores with Pop Rocks candy you can also use regular chocolate here instead.
You’ll also need graham crackers and, if you can find them, I love these jumbo s’mores marshmallows: they’re square-shaped so they fit onto your graham crackers perfectly.
My indoor s’more method involves laying out the graham crackers on a cookie sheet, topped with squares of chocolate and a marshmallow. Toast these in the broiler for about a minute (don’t look away for a second or you’ll end up with a different kind of sparklers) until the marshmallows are golden brown and the chocolate is starting to melt. I also quickly charred the edges of my marshmallows because I do like some crispy bits, but this is optional if you don’t have a kitchen torch.
- 8 graham crackers, broken in half
- 1 (3oz) bar firecracker chocolate
- 8 jumbo or s’mores marshmallows
- red and blue pop rocks candy, for topping
- Preheat your broiler to medium/425ºF and position your oven rack on the 2nd to top slot. Arrange graham cracker halves, wrong sides up, on a cookie sheet. Place a square of chocolate on half of the crackers, followed by a marshmallow.
- Broil for 60 to 90 seconds or until tops of marshmallows begin to brown. Keep an eye on your marshmallows the entire time as they can go from not done to ON FIRE! in a matter of seconds. Seriously, put down the phone and don’t turn your back on this one.
- Flip the marshmallows (careful, they’re hot) and broil for another 30 seconds until the other side is browned as well and the chocolate is starting to soften.
- Remove from oven. If desired, torch briefly with a kitchen torch to get some charred bits.
- Sprinkle with pop rocks (they’ll stick to the melted chocolate), then top with second half of graham crackers, pressing lightly to squish the layers together. Enjoy immediately.