S'mores at LI restaurants, bakeries take many forms
These days you can't turn over a rock without uncovering a s'more. The graham cracker-milk chocolate-toasted marshmallow sandwich was invented at a campfire by some nameless Girl Scout almost 100 years ago, but the s'more has emerged as the confectionary meme of the moment, popping up at bakeries and restaurants all over Long Island.
Of course, bakers and pastry chefs are apt to take liberties with tradition, swapping Belgian bittersweet chocolate for the Hershey's and often using their own handcrafted marshmallows and graham crackers. But if it's chocolaty, toasty, gooey and wheaty, it's a s'more.
Here are 10 places to get your s'mores on.
Mim's: Campfire s'mores(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Mim's in Roslyn Heights: The campfire s'mores ($9 for two people, $16 for four) aren't some pastry chef's imaginative twist on s'mores: They're the real thing. Mim's serves all the elements -- Hershey's milk chocolate, marshmallows, graham crackers -- on a pu pu platter equipped with a Sterno flame. Skewer your marshmallow and toast away.
Blondie's Bake Shop: S'mores layer cakes, cupcakes(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Blondie's Bake Shop, Centerport: S'mores have always been a favorite of baker-owner Jess Kennaugh. For her s'mores cake ($22 for 8 inch), she fills two layers of graham cracker-speckled chocolate cake with chocolate ganache, then pipes the ganache with meringue that she torches to a toasty brown. The cupcakes ($2.25) are scaled down (and ganache-less) miniatures.
Schafer's: Broken-down s'mores(Credit: Yvonne Albinowski)
Schafer's, Port Jefferson: Don't end your meal at Schafer's in Port Jefferson without trying chef Heather West's poignant dessert, "broken down s'mores" ($9) featuring chocolate cake, a giant toasted marshmallow, candied shards of graham cracker and the ghostly shadow of a departed fork. Where did those Girl Scouts go?
Krisch's: S'mores sundae(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Krisch's Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor, Massapequa: If there were a dessert a kid might like more than s'mores, it would be the S'mores sundae ($7.99), made with two big scoops of Krisch's homemade chocolate ice cream, smothered in marshmallow cream, generously sprinkled with graham cracker pieces and then topped with whipped cream and a cherry.
North Fork Chocolate Company: S'mores pops(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)
North Fork Chocolate Company: This Calverton-based chocolatier has an online store and also sets up a stand every Saturday at the Riverhead Farmers Market (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Peconic River waterfront behind the old Swezey's department store). The s'mores pop ($3) features a toasted jumbo marshmallow dipped in Belgian chocolate and rolled in graham cracker crumbs; the whole affair is on a stick for easy eating.
North Fork Chocolate Company: S'mores pie(Credit: Steve Amaral)
North Fork Chocolate Company also offers individual 4-inch graham cracker-crust pies ($6 each) that are filled with chocolate ganache and topped with toasted marshmallows. (The pie also is on the dessert menu at Southampton's Lobster Grille Inn for $9.)
Joe's Garage & Grill: S'mores chocolate mousse(Credit: Randee Daddona)
Joe's Garage & Grill, Riverhead: At this exuberant, car-themed gastropub, a dessert highlight is the s'mores chocolate mousse ($6.95), a big Mason jar filled with layers of bittersweet chocolate mousse, house-made marshmallow cream and graham-cracker crumbs, and topped with strawberries and more graham crackers.
Fiorello Dolce: S'mores gelato(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Fiorello Dolce, Huntington: Baker-partner Gerard Fioravanti never went to summer camp and was well into adulthood before he learned about s'mores. But he's made up for lost time with a chocolate gelato ($3.75 for one scoop, $5.75 for two scoops, $7.50 for a pint) studded with homemade marshmallow pieces, graham cracker crumbs and dark chocolate.
Fiorello Dolce: Classic s'mores(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Fiorello Dolce baker-partner Gerard Fioravanti's take on the classic s'more (2 for $5) is a huge homemade marshmallow half-dipped in dark chocolate and covered with graham cracker crumbs.
Dough Hut: S'mores doughnuts(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Dough Hut, Long Beach: This funky doughnuterie makes dozens of varieties, from classic (cinnamon) to imaginative (pistachio) to out-there (Fruity Pebbles). But the s'mores doughnut ($2) has emerged as a customer favorite. It's a cake doughnut topped with chocolate icing and then marshmallow fluff and graham cracker crumbs.
Sweet Karma Desserts: S'mores tart(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Sweet Karma Desserts, Plainview: Sweet Karma's s'mores tart ($18 for 8 inch, $4.25 for 3 inch, $15 for 6 inch, gluten-free) has been a bestseller since Brian Fishman made the first batch. The graham cracker crust is filled with chocolate truffle and topped with whipped, toasted meringue. A version made with gluten-free graham crackers also is available.
Kerber's Farm: S'mores pie(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Kerber's Farm, Huntington: Kerber's pastry chef, Danna Abrams, has the s'mores jones bad: She gave away s'mores-making kits as favors at her wedding. Her s'mores pie ($24 for 9-inch, $5.95 for 3-inch) has a graham-cracker crust, a chocolate silk filling and a burnt-marshmallow topping that needs about five minutes under your broiler to achieve brûlée-ed perfection.
Kerber's Farm: Bacon s'mores cookies(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
For her bittersweet chocolate-chip cookie ($1.75, on weekends), Kerber's pastry chef Danna Abrams adds bacon, broken graham crackers and mini marshmallows to the dough. It's a favorite that's hard to keep in stock.