Tuesday, April 14, 2009

DIY favors - s'mores kits

Yes, I am a bit of a foodie and most of my ideas revolve around it. I love this idea for anything beach, and camping of course, but I rarely get invited to those camping themed weddings. You will need:
  • graham cracker squares - 2 for each favor {homemade - see recipe to follow, or from a specialty store, something other than the usual grocery store variety}
  • marshmallows - {see recipe to follow, or if you don't want to make them yourself find good ones, try your local bakery or specialty food store - Whole Foods, Henry's you get the idea}
  • Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Squares - or other chocolate of your choice. I prefer the individually wrapped bags of Ghiradelli chocolates at Target.
  • gusseted cellophane bags - I use 3 1/2 X 2 1/4 X 7 3/4" any approximate size will do. You can buy at any local craft store.
  • ribbon - you can buy at any local craft store or order custom printed ribbon from one of our favorites Print My Ribbon {see link to the right}
  • custom hang tags - from My Wedding Labels {see link to the right}
Assembly is pretty straight forward. Layer graham cracker, marshmallow, chocolate, graham cracker. Slip into cellophane bag, fold over excess bag and tie with ribbon and add hang tag. Your guests can eat them as they are, or if they make it home, remove top graham and chocolate and put under broiler for a few seconds until golden brown, replace chocolate and top graham smash and enjoy. Simple and very cute {don't forget delicious}.
Graham Cracker Recipe:
  • 4 cups graham flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup hot water, approximately
  • white flour for rolling out
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. cut butter into flour till course. Add sugar, soda, cream of tartar, egg and enough hot water to make dough that can be rolled like pastry. Roll 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick on a board sprinkled with white flour. Cut into 3 inch squares and place on ungreased baking sheet. Prick several times with fork. Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on rack. Brush tops with butter.
Marshmallow Recipe:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 1/4 cups water, divided
  • 4 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teasponn vanilla extract
Dust a 9 X 9 inch square pan generously with confectioners' sugar.
In small saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together white sugar, corn syrup and 3/4 cup water. Heat to 250 to 265 degrees F, or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a rigid ball.
While syrup is heating, place remaining water in a metal bowl and sprinkle gelatin over the surface. Place bowl over simmering water until gelatin has dissolved completely. Keep in a warm place until syrup has come to temperature. Remove syrup from heat and whisk gelatin mixture into hot syrup. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, whip egg whites to soft peaks. Continue to beat, pouring syrup mixture into egg whites in a thin stream, until the egg whites are very stiff. Stir in vanilla. Spread evenly in prepared pan and let rest 8 hours or overnight before cutting into 3 inch squares.

2 comments:

Lulumink said...

Sounds really good! Can't wait until I try them out.

Heidi Elyse said...

I absolutely LOVE this idea. I would like to make them for my wedding favors. I do have a couple of questions.
1. Do you know how long they would stay fresh? I don't really want to keep these until last minute, but I want them to taste good as well.
2. How many do these recipes make? Thanks 8)

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