You guys have come to learn that a lot of the DIYs we do around here are things that I can't find locally. Of course, Italy is amazing, and I'm sure I'll be DIYing my own mozzarella cheese once we move back to America, but there are just some things I miss from America that I can't DIY right or get around here — burritos, for example.
However, some things can be mailed to me, and I routinely request them from my mother and friends — it's usually super specific things like Mrs. Meyers soaps and certain Asian food ingredients. And, a care package staple to Italy for me? Trader Joe's snacks.
This fall, both my mom and good friend Sarah sweetly visited Trader Joe's and sent me a beautiful box of maple and pumpkin-flavored snacks from Trader Joe's. I was IN HEAVEN. One of my favorite things in those boxes were these awesome tiny s'mores snacks — little candies that were like a portable, bite-sized s'mores. I ate them embarrassingly quickly and then regretted everything because I wanted more.
So, DIY to the rescue! These candies took a minute to make (mostly because of the chocolate drizzling), but it made a WHOLE LOT of bites and I've been giving them away and still haven't managed to eat them all. And I'm pregnant guys, so that's a feat. These would make a great addition to a Christmas goodie basket or fun appetizer at a party! Or things to hoard at home and binge eat — but that's always an option.
makes 64 bites
- 1 package graham crackers (8 crackers)
- 32 marshmallows, regular sized
- 8 oz dark chocolate chips (sub with chocolate melts or almond bark)
- 1 T coconut oil
- Wax or parchment paper
- Take graham crackers and break them apart along the lines — into the 4 rectangle pieces. Then, break the rectangle pieces in half, so that they are square-shaped. Each graham cracker should make 8 little graham squares. It's okay if you break some — set them aside for garnish or snack on them as you go.
- Take marshmallows and cut them in half, crosswise (so they are shorter). I cut the marshmallows with a cheese wire, or a cheese slicer with a wire, and found it much easier than using a knife. If you use a knife, make sure it's sharpened.
- Place each marshmallow sticky side down on a graham cracker and continue until all the graham crackers are matched with a marshmallow.
- Melt chocolate and coconut oil using a double boiler or in 30-second increments in the microwave (you can also use chocolate melts or almond bark, leaving out the coconut oil).
- Place graham cracker + marshmallow pieces on a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper (I like wax paper best). Spoon chocolate over each marshmallow piece until it is completely covered in chocolate. It is best to work in sections, moving the treats into a "chocolate drizzling" area, and then moving them aside to set so you don't have chocolate everywhere.
- Once all the crackers are covered, you can crush any leftover graham cracker pieces you have and sprinkle them on top of the bites as a garnish (this is optional). Make sure to do this before the chocolate sets.
- Move the cookie sheets with the bites into the refrigerator and let set for one hour. Once the chocolate is set, store bites in an airtight container. Good for 1 week.
Photos and recipe © Katie Currid, 2017. All rights reserved.