Who knew that the Graham cracker was originally invented to curb sex drive? Not me, but it makes sense. Anything made from wheat flour, wheat bran and ground germ, designed to be bland and dry is quickly going to smother any oysters, champagne and truffle you might have scoffed to get the party started. Thankfully, the Garden Shed’s version is nothing like the original.
And when it comes to desserts, for me, the word “fun” is what I’m looking for. It’s the fun in desserts that evokes childhood memories. It’s the fun that allows you to break out a small chuckle as you take that first bite. And isn’t that what the best food is all about? The DIY S’More at the Garden Shed is one of those desserts that will 100% take you back - in a good way. And equally as important, brings another kind of smile to your face. The one after you’ve eaten something so satisfying and comforting.
This DIY comes on a board with all the essential components. All of it house-made. Extra-large Graham crackers; extra-large cubes of marshmallow; and then a couple of creative twists in the form of a small dish of chocolate ganache along with your very own flame to melt the marshmallows with. Obviously, DIY implies that you have creative license to do whatever you want with these components but to explain the art of the S’More in case you have no idea what to do, allow me to re-quote one of the all-time classic quotes from one of the greatest kid films of all time, The Sandpit.
Hamilton "Ham" Porter: Hey, you wanna s'more?
Scotty Smalls: Some more what?
Hamilton "Ham" Porter: No, no. Do you want a s'more?
Scotty Smalls: I just got here, so how can I have some more of nothing?
Hamilton "Ham" Porter: You're killin' me, Smalls! Okay, these are s'mores stuff. Now pay attention. First, you take the graham. You stick the chocolate on the graham. Then, you roast the mallow. When the mallow's flaming, you stick it on the chocolate. Then, you cover it with the other end. Then, you scuff. Kind of messy, but it's good. Try some.
The ganache is where the flavour hit comes from and these crackers are a surprise too. Way better than the standard Graham cracker. The perfect vehicle to host the oozy hot ménage-à-deux of chocolate and mallow. Good for an ice-cream sandwich too I reckon. Improvements? Well, maybe it would add to that sense of fun by offering some skewers for the marshmallow toasting instead of the forks on the table. But really, it’s a minor gripe. What counts ultimately is that this is a dessert to go back for. And here’s the kicker. The novelty in toasting your own mallows means that it’s a sweet treat for all – both young and old. Bring your kids - 100% guaranteed they will love it. On a date night? Perfect - make S’mores for each other.
The bottom line is that this is a dessert in Auckland worth travelling for. Time to be a kid again.
Keen on checking this dish out? Go to: The Garden Shed, 470 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden | www.thegardenshed.kiwi