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Chocolate Bark S’mores

Chocolate Bark S'mores Recipe

A few weeks ago I threw out my back, and if this has ever happened to you, you know what I mean when I say that you basically can’t move for two days. It’s the kind of immobility where you try to get out of bed because you really have to use the restroom but decide that it’s not going to happen, and lay back down. The silver lining to being stuck in bed was that I watched hours and hours of Food Network. I hadn’t watched Food Network in probably about 8 months, and I had forgotten how fun it is!

I went through the rounds….Giada, Anne Burrell, Alton, Ina, and so on. The funny thing to me is that I always gravitate toward Ina’s recipes, even though I would think I would prefer the more “fussy” dishes of the other personalities. Often times I think some of Ina’s recipes are a bit simple (ie Bacon Sandwich), but I still end up trying many of them and absolutely loving them. These French chocolate bark s’mores are a good example.

French Chocolate Bark with Cranberries, Cashews, Apricots

You might look at this recipe and I think “eh…this is just s’mores with chocolate that has stuff thrown on top of it.”

That’s what I thought as I watched Ina make these s’mores. But a week later I found myself at the grocery store buying graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate, apricots, cranberries, and cashews.

French Chocolate Bark Pieces for S'mores

It’s kind of hard to explain why these are so darn good, because they just are. It’s the magic of the pairings. Something about eating a s’more with good chocolate studded with flavorful jewels of apricots, cranberries, and cashews makes it absolutely heavenly.

And the best part is you can make as many or as little s’mores as you want, and roast them on your stovetop (no fire needed)!

Gooey Chocolate Bark S'mores

All you have to do is melt some good semisweet chocolate (or bittersweet, if you like it dark), and spread it out to your desired thickness on parchment paper or a Silpat:

How to Make Chocolate Bark S'mores

Throw your nuts and dried fruit on top while it’s melted, let it harden, and break it into pieces.

Then layer it with a roasted marshmallow and a couple graham crackers, and smush until you get the gooey marshmallow oozing out the sides:

French Chocolate Bark S'mores

Seriously, I love these so much. Give them a try and let me know what you think! I don’t think I can ever have a regular s’more again.

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Chocolate Bark S’mores

Yield: Makes about 8 smores, easily doubles and triples

Chocolate Bark S’mores

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate chips (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup jumbo cashews
  • 8 graham cracker sheets
  • 8 jumbo marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Melt the chocolate via your preferred method (I prefer to melt in the microwave instead of over the double boiler, but it's more risky). Read my understanding chocolate post if you don't know how to melt chocolate.
  2. Spread the melted chocolate into a large rectangle on parchment paper or a silpat to your desired thickness. I like it thinner than most chocolate bars. Sprinkle on the chopped apricots, dried cranberries, and cashews while the chocolate is still melted. Let the chocolate harden at room temperature, or you can speed the process by throwing it into the freezer.
  3. Roast the marshmallows by putting them on the end of a skewer or knife, turning your electric stove* to high heat, and holding the marshmallow about an inch over the heat. They will brown quickly so make sure to turn them and watch them well (roasting each marshmallow takes no longer than a minute on my stove).
  4. Break the chocolate bark into squares, place them onto one half of each graham cracker sheet, and sandwich the roasted marshmallow inside of the two graham crackers. Enjoy!

Notes

* I have never tried these on a gas stove, if you try it let us all know how it goes! Recipe inspired from an episode of Barefoot Contessa. I have been unable to locate the recipe online or in print.

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  1. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on January 15, 2013 at 11:40 am (#)

    Now that is a s’more! Nice twist on the classic. Looks heavenly!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on January 17th, 2013 at 12:55 am

      Thanks Jocelyn! Hope you’re feeling better from your cold =)

  2. Deb posted on January 15, 2013 at 11:46 am (#)

    Love it! S’mores with Chocolate Bark is so enticing! What a splendid idea!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on January 17th, 2013 at 12:53 am

      Thanks Deb! Btw the apple photos in your latest post are absolutely beautiful!

  3. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts posted on January 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm (#)

    What a fun twist on a s’more. It looks wonderful! Hope your back is feeling better.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on January 17th, 2013 at 12:46 am

      Thanks so much Erin! My back is doing much better these days =)

  4. Tommy posted on January 15, 2013 at 3:11 pm (#)

    Sorry about your back. I can definitely related to spending time on the couch, getting sucked into the Food Network. It’s not nearly as good as it used to be, in my opinion. Although Ina and Giada are still some of my favorites. Chocolate bark is an awesome way to kick up s’mores. How did you roast the marshmallows??

    • Joanne Ozug replied on January 17th, 2013 at 12:49 am

      Thanks Tommy! I totally agree. What do you think of all those late night reality TV shows on there? They come off as kind of…trashy, to put it kind of harshly. But who knows, maybe that’s what most people want to see. Can’t come up with another reason why they’ve added so many of those shows. Ah, I forgot to add a photo of me roasting the marshmallows on the stovetop! I just put them on a chopstick above my electric stove set on high heat, it goes super quickly =)

      • Tommy replied on January 17th, 2013 at 9:42 am

        Totally trashy! It’s like they’ve just given up and want to please the lowest common denominator with crappy reality competitions. Ugh. So, good thing I have blogs like yours to keep me inspired. :) You roasted them on your electric stove! Wow, that’s impressive.

  5. Myrtle posted on January 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm (#)

    Mmm…chocolate and cashews and dried apricot…sounds amazing! I can totally understand how all of those flavors would just meld into a wonderful taste of….well, deliciousness!! :D

    Hope your back feels better soon, Joanne!!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on January 17th, 2013 at 12:49 am

      Thanks so much Myrtle, I’m doing much better!

  6. Bam's Kitchen posted on January 16, 2013 at 12:15 am (#)

    Dear Joanne, I hope you are on a quick recovery. However, even worse is watching all that yummy food on Food Network and not being able to get out of bed to get to the refrigerator because the pain is so bad! These smores look gourmet. I bet they are quite fast to make and that is a good thing so that you can heal your back! On an ever brighter note have you noticed a huge spike in your views from Hong Kong? That was us! Well actually not me but my teenage boy. He found your site and has been all over it marking the recipes he wants me to make at home. I think I am making my kids into foodies too. Take Care of yourself, BAM

    • Joanne Ozug replied on January 17th, 2013 at 12:51 am

      Thanks so much! HAHA I haven’t checked into my Google Analytics in a while, but I am so glad your son is loving the blog! The question is, which of your recipes are his favorite??? That’s what I want to know =) And PS, I plan to make my kids into foodies LOL. Well, only if they want to =)

  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on January 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm (#)

    That gooey marshmallow, those strings, just scream my name. Eat me, now! they say :)

    • Joanne Ozug replied on January 17th, 2013 at 12:52 am

      Gooey things all say the same thing, don’t they? Gooey marshmallow…gooey cheese…dangerous gooey things!

  8. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious posted on January 17, 2013 at 3:08 am (#)

    Lucky to be able to watch some cool t.v. not so lucky messing up your back, hope it’s getting better. These s’mores look amazing and with all the sweet and salty and crunchy stuff going on…crazy!!