I was recently binging in some late night TV over the weekend, when there were quite a few mentions of NATIONAL S'MORES DAY. Trust me, I had no clue that there was a day dedicated to this popular sweet treat. So I made up my mind, that there had to be a commemorative Post in and around  the day in question. August 10 is celebrated as NATIONAL S'MORES DAY in North America.

I know we live in a  global world today and local food traditions are re-created in every part of the globe with equal flair. I did not grow up in North America for example, but when I made this country my home, I fell in love with so many things. Its no surprise that S'mores were on that list.

As Wikipedia explains it, S'MORES  are a popular Campfire Sweet Treat, in United States and Canada. It starts off with roasting your marshmallow on a stick or skewer over the camp fire. Then you sandwich the soft gooey roasted marshmallow in between a piece of chocolate and two graham crackers. As we love barbecues and camping so much, S'mores became a part of our Midwestern Summers for all the years, we made North America our home.

But I had wanted to re-create S'mores at home, where there were no campfires. Then I came across a recipe of S'mores Pie on Cooking Channel. I wanted to surprise our friends Aryadeep and Garbita for their anniversary,and it seemed like the perfect dessert, rather than a heavy cake. You can always squeeze in a candle , right.

The idea is to take the essential elements of S'MORES  and try to re-imagine them as a pie. The chocolate, was replaced by a chocolate pudding. While the original recipe had called for a chocolate custard to be made from scratch, I used Jello-O which I cooked till it was thick. The Graham Cracker pieces,which sandwich the roasted marshmallow and chocolate, became the base of the Pie, in a crumbled form, with some butter for company. Almost like a Cheesecake Crust. Finally , it was the turn of the Marshmallow, which became the pie topper. Yes, they did finish off under the broiler to get the lovely roasted charred tops. 


Recipe Inspiration:

Chocolate Jell-O: 2 packets (I used the cooking variety and not the instant ones)
Whole Milk(to cook the Jell-O)
Brown Sugar: 2 tbsp
Graham Crackers: 10
Butter: 1 stick(Melted)
Marshmallows: 9 to 10 (large ones) : I used the square ones, which are meant for S'mores


Cut the Marshmallows in triangles . Every Marshmallow should give you two triangles. Keep them aside.


Pre-heat oven to 350F.

For the crust, take the graham crackers in a gallon sized zip lock bag and use a rolling pin to crush them. Or you could also crush them in a food processor.

In large bowl. mix in the melted butter, brown sugar and graham cracker crumbs. It should resemble wet sand.

Grease a 9 inch by 9 inch spring form pan and lay the crust flat, like a Cheesecake crust. It should rise along the sides for at least an inch. Make sure the crust is evenly thick all around.

Bake the crust in a pre-heated oven at 350F for around 15 minutes or till its crisp and golden. Take it out of the oven, and let it cool completely.


Follow package instructions and cook the Jell-O with whole milk. Dont skimp on it please. Whole milk lends it that velvety smoothness.

When its cooked , then pour it into the cooled crust(in the baking pan) and lay a cling film on top. The cling film prevents a thick skin forming on the custard.

Let it chill in fridge till the custard has set.


Before serving, remove the cling film. Then decorate the top with the marshmallows.

Brown the Marshmallows under a pre-heated broiler or with a torch. keep an eye, so that the marshmallows don't melt away. We just need a color on it

Remove the spring form pan from the sides, by running a spatula all round, to release the pudding.

Enjoy !! Bon Appetit !!!

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