So I have a confession. <deep breath>
I’ve been holding out on you guys; waiting for… something. A sign perhaps? The stars and moon to align? Maybe a vision or the Bacon Fairy to visit me. Whatever it was, it’s now time. It’s time folks for…
S’mores Bacon Man Candy V. Yes another recipe in my Man Candy series.
Yeah take a moment to gawk that a while. Go on, drool a little. Heck drool a lot. And while you’ll be tempted to lick your screen, please don’t because it’s not going to taste like bacony s’mores awesomeness but more like dusty dirtiness.
I know, “OMG TKW… LORI how could you??? How could you hold out on us? I thought you loved us?”
And I do love you guys but it just was never the right time to post it. “What??? There is always time for bacon.” And this is true but I wanted something big I suppose. And the more I thought about it, this, this is the perfect time. It’s Labor Day weekend. For many of us, our last hurrah of summer before Mother Nature turns all menstrual on us and decides to give us Pittsburgher’s 10 months of cold, wet and snowy. Yes, she really is a witch I tell you. *wink*
So this man candy… let’s talk. It’s definitely more a desserty type versus say an appetizer one like my Sriracha Spiced version. It’s salty and sweet and honestly embarrassingly addictive. Like I will not tell you that in the pound that I made that I ate all but 3 pieces. And I won’t tell you that in the 2nd batch I made that again I ate almost all of it. Lastly I will not tell my friends and co workers that the batch I did make them to try never made it into work because we (Mr. Fantabulous helped) ate that too.
Nope not going to tell you any of that.
What I am going to tell you is MAKE THIS. Right now! If you don’t have the graham crackers, marshmallows or chocolate in your house go to the store. NOW. If you don’t have bacon in your house um… yeah, we can’t be friends cause that’s like unnatural. Well okay, unless your religion doesn’t allow it then we can still be bff’s.
But dude… DUDE! This is seriously every inner fat kid’s fantasy. Trust me! Mine did the happy dance waving fists full of this stuff in it’s pudgy little hands. haha
The recipe itself is super easy though I’d say the most difficult part is cutting up the marshmallows. Now I know most of you are going to try to take a shortcut and use Fluff but don’t; it doesn’t work right. Yes it’ll ooze and get all toasty however what will happen is once this sits and cools, the fluff weeps and gets all liquidy where as standard marshmallows harden up. The Fluff stuff made it just a big ol’ mess and while still tasty it just wasn’t the same texture.
Could you use the mini marshmallows instead of cutting the big ones? Sure! I just went with what I had on hand. Or better yet, make your own! I’ll have to share my recipe for marshmallows as it’s super easy (though super sticky).
One thing you’ll also notice is that I use thick cut bacon in this recipe. I opted for that because you’re adding weight to an already crispy/brittle piece of bacon. You don’t want it to break and fall to pieces when you lift it up. The thicker cuts give you a great vessel to shovel all this awesomeness into your mouth.
When you make thick cut bacon the trick is low and slow. You want the fat to render from the inside out. Nothing is worse (or more disgusting) when you bite into a charred piece of bacon to have the edges burnt but the inside all chewy. GAG!
So this Labor Day do yourself, your family and again, yourself (cause it’s all about you here folks) a favor and make this stuff. This is definitely the best way to end summer whether you’re having that end of the season party, a campfire cookout, getting ready for a football party or because you need this in your life.
Just make it! Everyone needs Man Candy in their life!
S’mores Bacon Man Candy V
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- 1 lb thick cut bacon
- 1–2 cups marshmallows (I prefer to use the square marshmallows but the standard ones work just as well). Do not use marshmallow cream
- 3–4 ounces chocolate bar pieces (about 3–4 standard plain chocolate bars)
- 1 cup crushed graham cracker crumbles
- Preheat oven to 400F with a rack in the middle.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Place a wire cooling rack on top.
- Spray the rack with cooking spray.
- Place the pieces of bacon on top of the rack trying not to overlap.
- Place in oven and cook for 13 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and flip the bacon.
- Return to the oven and cook for 10-13 minutes.
- Remove from the pan from the oven. You want the bacon crispy but not burnt however remember bacon will slightly crisp up upon cooling.
- Allow the bacon to cool to the touch.
- While the bacon is cooling, turn on your broiler leaving the rack in the middle.
- Using clean kitchen shears, dip the tips into warm water and cut your marshmallows into small 1/4” strips (again this is if you have square marshmallows). You want the strips not quite as wide as the bacon as this will expand when it toasts. If you have regular round ones, cut it into 1/4” chunks.
- Place marshmallow strips/pieces on top of each slice of bacon leaving just a slight bit of room in between each piece.
- Place the pan in the oven under the broiler for 15-30 seconds (don’t walk away!) or until the marshmallows just start to turn (unless you like them more crispy) a deep golden brown and the edges start to char.
- Remove from the oven and press a few chocolate bar pieces on top of each strip of bacon pushing gently into the toasted marshmallow.
- Pop the pan back in the oven for 5-10 seconds just to start to melt the chocolate. Do not let it melt entirely!
- Remove the pan from the oven and immediately use a thin offset blade to spread the chocolate along the top of each strip of bacon.
- Garnish with graham cracker crumbles.
- Eat right away or allow to cool completely at room temperature and store in a lidded container in the fridge.
Looking for more Man Candy?Bourbon Brown Sugar Maple Bacon Man Candy
Smoked Chili Candied Spiced Bacon Man Candy
Sriracha Glazed Bacon Man Candy
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And just because… Sriracha Glazed Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings
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