Capsule / S’mores Bars

When two of her classmates, Peter and Kat, go missing on the same day, Jackie Mendoza barely notices. She is too immersed in the online life she has created for herself, barely paying attention to the real world around her. However, when a mysterious app appears on Jackie’s phone, she enters a game interlaced with reality. A game threatening to erase Peter and Kat forever. 

I received and ARC of this sci-fi YA thriller by Mel Torrefranca, and it was a quick and fun read. I enjoyed the world she created and the loved how I was kept guessing until the end. In honor of this book, I decided to make a batch of s’mores. While the characters were swept up in the game, moving from one level to another, the few times they took a break to enjoy the world around them (and some delicious s’mores) were the parts that resonated the most.

S’mores Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 4-5 chocolate bars
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows (half a bag)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9” square pan with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Mix the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter together until all is moistened. Evenly and firmly pat the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes just until the edges are lightly browned. Turn off the oven.

Lay the chocolate bars on top of the graham cracker crust and put the pan back into the warm oven for 1 minute.

Nestle the marshmallows into neat rows, covering the melted chocolate.

Put back in the oven and broil for 1-2 minutes until the marshmallows are golden brown. Keep a close eye the whole time and remove the pan from the oven as soon as it turns golden on top.

Let cool completely before cutting into squares with a sharp knife. You can place it on the fridge after it has cooled on the counter for 15 minutes to speed up the process. 

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