Oh yes, I did.
But hold on, let me give you the background first.
I’ve been on vacation for the past few days in “OMG there was no fog this trip” San Francisco. Well, more of a “staycation” than a vacation. My parents go to Oregon every summer and so, in the interest of saving money, getting away from the inferno that is Sacramento, and playing tourist in the city I grew up in, we headed to their house to stay. No hotel costs = semi-free vacation.
The problem with visiting where you grew up is that there is well…visiting to do. Whenever we visit there we hardly ever do more than head to the park. So we packed it all in this trip: BART, Union Square, Chinatown, the Zoo, Half Moon Bay and the beach. We had a great trip.
There is a famous chocolate shop in San Francisco. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Ghirardelli. Oh, yum. They make little squares of goodness. Chocolate squares and chocolate mint squares and chocolate caramel squares.
And, for the love of all things PB&C…Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares. My husband saw them first. We snatched them up faster than you can say “I’m gonna gain five pounds but it is SO worth it.”
I wish I could claim this recipe idea as my own. But I can’t. My daughter came up with it.
We were roasting marshmallows over the front burner of the gas stove in my parents’ kitchen when she thought of it. I think she just wanted to try one of the squares. She had chosen marshmallows over a Ghirardelli square for dessert and wanted to come up with a way to have both.
She’s a genius. Do they have dessert Mensa? ‘Cuz she’s so totally in.
Roast a marshmallow. I like mine burnt on the outside, smooshy and melty on the inside.
Grab two graham cracker squares. And squish the toasty fire-burnt goodness together with a peanut butter Girardelli square. (Or a Reese’s, whichever you have.)
Watch the chocolate and peanut butter ooze out from beneath the graham squares. Catch the ooze in your mouth. Or lick the counter. Whatever, I won’t tell.
Pure genius. Peanut Butter Chocolate S’mores. The scary thing about this recipe? I almost always have the ingredients on hand. Good for me. Bad for me.
So…we’re back from our trip. Sad. But we have a lot to look forward to, first of which is my husband’s 50th birthday next weekend. Which I’m hosting. At my house. And cooking and baking for. So, if I’m a bit absent over the next week or so, you’ll know why.
But? There will be peanut butter and chocolate at the party (his favorite combo). So at least I’ll have this recipe (and all the ingredients) for Peanut Butter Chocolate S’mores to dissolve my stress.
See? Silver lining, people. Silver lining.
Peanut Butter Chocolate S’mores
Peanut Butter Cups or Squares (Reese’s or Ghirardelli or whatever you have)
Graham cracker squares, twice the number of your marshmallows and cups
Roast your marshmallow over a flame. Top one graham square with a peanut butter cup and place the roasted marshmallow on top. Top with another graham square. Eat. Enjoy. Repeat.
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