STORY BY SHELBY JENSEN
The weather lately has been gorgeous. Am I the only one dreaming of summer, sunshine and s’mores? I’ve heard that you can make them in the microwave, but I usually dismiss the idea on principle. What’s the point of a s’more without a campfire to accompany it? Sadly, open flames are not allowed in the dorms, and I needed my marshmallow fix. So I took the plunge and decided to try microwaved Nutella s’mores.
The recipe, if you can call it that, was crazy easy to follow. You just make a s’more, but instead of chocolate, you use a little Nutella. And instead of a fire, you use a microwave. Nothing is simpler than that.
Watching the marshmallow cook in the microwave was a tiny bit terrifying, as it puffed up enough to flip itself over. I was afraid it would explode. It didn’t, though, and the result was a thoroughly melted marshmallow. No crispy edges like you would get from a fire, but no oddly solid center either.
The Nutella in this context tasted like chocolate, and I didn’t think it had any advantage over a normal chocolate bar. But it melted nicely in the microwave, so I had no reason to complain.
Since it is Easter time, I decided to be adventurous and make one with a Peep as well. The Peep doubled in size in the microwave, which was entertaining. I wasn’t a fan of the candy shell, which got really chewy when it was warmed up. Some people might like that “caramelized” factor, but I wasn’t impressed. The biggest benefit I saw to the Peep was that it resisted being smooshed. There was marshmallow in every bite.
Okay, so this microwaved s’more can’t quite compare to the kind you roast over a fire. But if you’ve been craving one because they remind you of summer, or you have extra Peeps lying around, this is a pretty good option.
Marshmallows (or Peeps)
1. Spread Nutella on half a graham cracker.
2. Add a marshmallow.
3. Microwave for 15-20 seconds.
4. Top with other half of graham cracker.