S’mores–the word defines not only an unlikely mix of ingredients where the combination of flavors far exceeds any of the parts, but it has also come to symbolize the adventures of youth and innocence. Who doesn’t have a memory or tale of awakening related to eating a S’mores? It might be your own experience around a campfire on the beach or at a cabin in the woods, or it may be a memorable story you heard sometime, somewhere. Either way, the word and even more so the mix of flavors summon powerful emotions and recollections.
This S’mores Parfait draws on this mix of flavors but assembles them in a more manageable and elegant arrangement–like having your S’mores experience in an easy to make, easy to eat form, yet still fun, still with the feel and taste of innocence. So give this recipe a try, and let it call you back to those long ago (or not so long ago) days of youthful adventure.
And while you’re at it, listen to (or read) this first segment of Becca’s Book, a fictional memoir of youthful joy and passion being published for the first time in serial form right here on Reading and Recipes!
1 3.4-ounce box instant chocolate pudding mix
2 cups milk
1 8-ounce container whipped topping (such as Cool Whip), room temperature
4 graham cracker sheets, crushed
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 cup marshmallow fluff
Add the pudding mix and milk to a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer for two minutes, until pudding starts to thicken. Make sure all of pudding is dissolved. Place pudding in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix crushed graham crackers and melted butter. Make sure graham cracker crumbs are coated.
Remove pudding from refrigerator. Fold in whipped topping.
To assemble parfaits, scoop some graham cracker crumbs into the bottom of two glasses. Layer pudding on top of crumbs. Top with a large scoop of marshmallow fluff, and try to spread it over the pudding layer. Repeat layers once all ingredients are used, ending with pudding. Top with a few graham cracker pieces.
Chill parfaits for 30 minutes or overnight.
And now for the first segment of Becca’s Book….
Becca’s Book, Serial #1, audio © Jeffrey Anderson
Becca’s Book, Serial #1, text © Jeffrey Anderson