It’s 60 degrees in New York and we are in full swing holiday mode. It’s the 7th night of Hanukah and 14 days until Christmas. I feel like we are living some bizarre episode of the Twilight Zone where Santa still shows up, but he’s wearing a bathing suit and sunglasses. Instead of cookies and milk, he’s hoping for guacamole, chips and a margarita (frozen, with salt). Maybe even a midnight dip in the pool. But I’ll take this gorgeous weather any day and just go with the flow. So let the festivities begin!
Tis’ the season for making fun food on sticks! There are lots of parties happening and gifts to be given . . . so plan on making some of these S’mores Pops. They are simple, delicious, nut-free, and easy to make gluten-free (just use gluten free pretzels and graham cracker crumbs). You can even add some colored sugar crystals to the graham cracker crumbs to make them more festive. Happy Holidays!
1-bag full size marshmallows
Thin pretzel sticks (I use Glutino’s)
Graham cracker crumbs (one cello package is enough)
1 ½ cup chocolate chips
Assemble the marshmallows and pretzel sticks first. I push the pretzel stick all the way into the marshmallow without it coming through on the other end.
In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers into a fine powder. Put the crumbs in a shallow bowl.
Melt the chocolate using a microwave, direct heat, or double boiler method. Then, using a spatula (the chocolate can be thick), coat the marshmallow with chocolate, dip it into the graham crumbs so they come up the sides a bit, and rest them on a rimmed cookie sheet with either a Silpat or wax paper. Put them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
*For tips on melting chocolate go to http://www.thekitchn.com/the-best-way-to-melt-chocolate-alice-medrichs-smart-easy-method-expert-tip-197405
**Alice Medrich is the chocolate expert. Her recipes and techniques are smart, simple and amazingly delicious. (Anyone remember the E.F. Hutton ads on TV? “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” Alice’s tag line should be “When Alice Medrich talks about chocolate, people listen.”).