Friday, August 24, 2012

S’more Truffles & White Chocolate S’more Fudge Sundaes

by Darla

The heat came on in my house this morning.

We have one of those automatic systems where you set the temperature, and it’ll either turn on the heat or the A/C to maintain it, as needed.

The heat came on this morning.

What the what, Oregon?! It’s July 24th! <—Not really. It’s August 24th. Way to go, Brain. It’s only been summer for just over a month. <—Actually, more like two, but whatevs. Thanks again, Brain, for making us look cool. It’s only felt like summer for two weeks.

Everybody was all, “Oooooh. It rains soooo much in the northwest. Are you sure you want to go there??” And I was all, “Yessssss. I’m aware that it rains in Oregon. I can’t wait.” But no one was like, “Btdub. There’s no such thing as for real summer there.”

Tell me, Oregonians, my dear, sweet new neighbors in this beautiful state that I have, thus far, been loving very much, tell me… Is it true? Is summer over? Are these 50 degree mornings the end of it all?

Or. Is it just a cold(-ish) front that will pass over and there’s still some time left to enjoy the summer sun?

I’m not quite ready for autumn yet. I spent half a year in northern Minnesota this year, and waited so patiently for the beautiful Oregon weather that so many said to expect for summer. Now that it’s here, I need it to stay just a bit longer.

I decided a few days ago, when the morning temps first started dropping, to cling to summer in the best way I know how: with food. So I made s’more truffles…cause s’mores and summer are synonymous. Don’t believe me? Look them up; they’re side by side in the dictionary (the Inside Darla’s Head Dictionary).

Know what else also means ‘summer’? Sundaes. That’s why I made some of those, too. You’re welcome.

I mean, come one…ssssummer, ssss’mores, ssssundaes? They all start with ‘s’. Coincidence? I think not.

When I decided to make these truffles, I really was going for a traditional truffle texture, so I tried to go about making them in the same way as a regular old truffle, subbing marshmallow spread, or fluff, for butter and some of the chocolate. Obviously, my reasoning was silly, and the consistency came out too runny, but it tasted so delicious, I pressed on anyway.

After stirring in the goodness that makes a s’more a s’more (in this case mini marshmallow bits, mini chocolate chips, and roughly chopped graham crackers), I knew resistance was futile. I wasn’t going to end up with the firm, rolled truffle I was going for, but this stuff was too good not to make into candy.

I decided to use candy molds instead; I just coated them with melted chocolate, filled them with the s’more filling (at this point I started calling it white chocolate s’more fudge, because it had a hot fudge type of consistency…which we’ll be discussing more later), then sealed them up with more chocolate.

Once the chocolate had set, I wanted more s’more flavor, so I dipped the candies in melted white chocolate and crushed graham crackers before topping each one with an extra tiny marshmallow. For the more traditional truffle shaped candies, I also drizzled them with white chocolate. Because its pretty.

Now, remember how I said the filling had a hot fudge consistency? Well, I couldn’t get it out of my head, so I followed the only real course of action available to me, and I made…

…these. These, that are, without a doubt, the best sundaes I’ve ever had.

S’more sundaes? For real? S’more fudge sauce?? Whaaaa?! I’m not even joking right now, you guys, these were crazy delicious.

Chocolate ice cream covered in my amazing, new, delicious, amazing (yes, two amazings) accidental discovery, topped with chocolate whipped cream, and garnished with chocolate dipped graham crackers and mini marshmallows. Forget it, people, you cannot resist.

And! AND!! The fudge took like five minutes to make. Seriously. Get white chocolate and marshmallow spread all melty and smooth together, add some hot whipping cream, stir in s’more fixins, and voila! Done.

Enjoy!

White Chocolate S’more Fudge
Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients

7 ounce marshmallow spread
5 ounces white chocolate
1/2 cup (125 ml) heavy cream
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini marshmallow bits
1/2 cup graham crackers, roughly chopped

In a large bowl, warm the marshmallow spread and white chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir the mixture, then return it to the microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir until the mixture is thoroughly combined and smooth. If necessary, continue to warm, as needed.

In a small saucepan set over medium heat, bring the heavy cream to a simmer. Remove from heat and pour over the white chocolate mixture. Let stand for 2 minutes, then stir in until smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Stir in the chocolate chips, marshmallows, and graham crackers until evenly distributed.

Store in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, for up to 2 weeks. Serve over ice cream, stirred into hot cocoa, or in chocolate candies (directions below).

S’more Truffles
Makes up to 150 truffles, if you use and entire recipe of the fudge

Ingredients

White Chocolate S’more Fudge (recipe above)
Dark, milk, or white chocolate, melted
White chocolate for dipping and drizzling, melted
Crushed graham crackers

Coat candy molds with the melted chocolate. Place enough fudge in each mold to fill it to just under the top. Fill the remaining space in the molds with more melted chocolate. Allow to harden then release the chocolates from the molds.

Dip each truffle in white chocolate, then in the graham crackers. Set them aside to harden. If desired, drizzle the truffles with more white chocolate and garnish with a mini marshmallow.

Recipes by Darla

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1 sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more August 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

um that is just smart! I want to try it now, on every flavor of ice cream!

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2 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie August 24, 2012 at 10:52 am

This might be the most incredible s’mores creation ever

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3 Crystel August 24, 2012 at 10:58 am

Have no fear, Darla! Oregon just has a late summer. Our best months are August and September. I recall attending many a Duck football games (in Eugene) and sweating balls in September because it was so warm. Summers in Oregon start after the 4th of July and generally end near October. Then we have a beautiful fall, followed by all that rain everyone talks about. But it’s okay, because it makes everything so beautiful in the spring and summer. :o)

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4 Sugargirl August 24, 2012 at 11:07 am

‘Fraid so. It’s the end of August and we are on the slide into fall. Days will be warm for a few more weeks, but the nights will get colder from here on out and then the rain will come. It rains on and off (mostly on) from late September right on through to mid June. Us natives start dreaming about our boots and scarves come mid-august. But there are some amazing upsides to saying good bye to the heat: corn mazes, pumpkin patches and apple picking are just around the corner, the leaves put on a beautiful show from late September through November, and the air gets this amazing smell in the fall. And I am going to pass on the two most important Oregonian survival tips: Dress in light layers! Wear a hood and don’t bother with umbrellas! Even when it looks like a downpour just pop your hood up! Your jacket will be dry out in five minutes once you get inside, but an umbrella will be soggy for hours! you can always tell a local from a out of stater by who is lugging around a dripping umbrella!

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5 Cookbook Queen August 24, 2012 at 11:19 am

Gorgeous!! Those are seriously some of the best looking truffles I’ve ever seen!!

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6 christina @ ovenadventures August 24, 2012 at 11:25 am

sometimes our fails end up working out better in the end. this all just looks so good.
I live in Vancouver, BC *waves* and well ya summer is pretty much a goner. Sugargirl has pretty much nailed it all.

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7 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Whoa everything here looks AMAZING!! So awesome.

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8 Emilia August 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Funny, I was just thinking about how happy I was that it was starting to feel like fall (sunshine, a cool breeze). But I moved to Washington (Vancouver) to get away from central California summers.

This recipe looks amazing! I’ve also seen those marshmallow bits at Target, made by Kraft.

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9 Annie @ Annie's Noms August 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Oh wow… I have no other words!!

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10 Becca - Cookie Jar Treats August 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Ok, I haven’t read your posts in like two weeks. :( For some reason, blogger keeps taking you off my reading/updated list and it’s frustrating me!

But I love how I came back to these! My god they look amazing!!!!!

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11 holly August 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm

wish i had the patience to make truffles.

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12 Miriam @ Overtime Cook August 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Oh my. This is sheer genius that needs to happen in my kitchen. Pronto.

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13 Angela @ The Dancer Bakes August 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I’m sorry, this just looks too good to be true. S’more fudge sundaes??? At least if there’s no real summer weather in Oregon, there’s the taste of summer! Meanwhile, summer means hurricanes where I am!

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14 Shelan August 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Want… *salivating* Haven’t had dinner yet… So, these are looking really scrumptious right now.

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15 leslie August 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Move to Florida where the heat NEVER comes on…..it sucks!
Your photos make me want to drive 2 days to your house to come get them!

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16 Tina August 29, 2012 at 6:52 am

These…look… amazing!

I need to get me some of those candy molds though!

As for summer, well, it’s usually disgustingly hot here in Ohio in August, and it’s been cool. Like, too cool for pool. I’m considering closing it up early this year. It’s crazy cakes!

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17 circe August 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

Darla this was a good Oregon summer in comparison to last few years. Enjoy while you can. Fall will be gorgeous. And its not the rain as much of the 9 months of perpetual grey.

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18 Lior September 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm

that looks…….. that looks…….. that looks…….GORGEOUS!!!!!!!

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