Be the cool mom on the block. Make your own marshmallows and graham crackers. And find some cacao beans and make chocolate bars. Just kidding.
I found my marshmallow recipe at The Hungry Mouse. Since I'm not in the habit of copying someone else's recipe verbatim, please go visit The Hungry Mouse for the actual measurements. I'll just give you a pictorial tutorial with my suggestions and opinions thrown in for good measure.
My chocolate graham cracker recipe is inspired by The Prepared Pantry. I changed it up a bit so I will list my recipe here. See The Prepared Pantry for original specifications.
Here we go.
First, you will want to make your graham cracker dough. Stir together the following in a mixing bowl:
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups whole wheat graham flour (you can substitute whole wheat instead. graham is just a coarser grind)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Beat in 2/3 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup honey. Next, mix in 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 large egg.
Slowly stir in the dry mixture. You should end up with a firm, sticky dough. If it's too wet to make a ball, add a little more graham flour to the mix.
Move your dough to the fridge and let it chill for several hours to firm up.
Now it's time to start your marshmallows.
First, you mix your gelatin with your cold water in your mixer bowl and stir it up really well.
Don't smell it. Don't do it.
Next you prepare your pans for the marshmallow to set in. This is a very messy process so wear an apron and keep a cloth and broom handy. Sift powdered sugar onto your desired molds. I used a 10" square dish and a 9x11" rectangular dish. In retrospect, two 10" squares would have been better. My marshmallows would have been higher.