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Candy Recipe: Lost In The Woods Bar

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Lost In The Woods Bar

Have you ever taken a bite out of a candy bar and thought “This is so wrong!” Do you feel that your love for all things candy is not adequately represented in any product on the market? Is there just a brilliant candy bar buried in your mind that your just waiting to see materialize one day?

If you, like me, answered yes to those questions, then you will understand why I am undergoing a process of creating my own candy bar. All too many times I have been disappointed by hollow promises of candy wrappers beguiling me into purchasing bad candy. No more excuses! I have decided to make my own bar so that way I control the quality of ingredients and make sure there is nothing in it that I don’t want.

Seeking inspiration for this bar, I turned to the month. August. Well… here in Austin, TX, it’s incredibly hot and humid, but that’s summer for you. And what says summer like going out into the woods and camping? And can you really camp anywhere without making s’mores? So in honor of all things woodsy and s’mores-related, I have concocted an inverted s’mores black forest bar that I call Lost in the Woods.

A what? Yes, that’s right. An inverted s’mores black forest bar. There’s a bottom layer and top layer of dark chocolate filled with cherry pieces, three layers of graham crackers in-between, and a cherry marshmallow spread between the crackers. See, it’s like a s’mores, but inside-out.

For those of you who are daring enough to make your own Lost In the Woods, read on to see how to do it!

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Lost In The Woods Recipe
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    You will need:

  • 7.4 x 3.6 baking pan
  • Parchment or wax paper
  • Rubber spatula
  • Small bowl
  • Large saucepan
  • Boiling water
  • Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) of dark chocolate chips (Or whichever kind of chocolate you prefer. But nothing says black like dark)
  • 1 ounce of dried cherries, chopped
  • 1 small jar of maraschino cherries, chopped
  • 3 unbroken, long graham crackers
  • Marshmallow fluff (you can use the store bought kind, but I made my own and it’s really easy)

Step 1: The easiest step: lay the parchment paper in the baking pan.

Step 2: Melt 4 ounces of chocolate. You can just put the chips in the microwave if you have a microwave-safe bowl, but I recommend you filling a saucepan with boiling water, and then placing the chocolate in a smaller bowl that you can set inside of the saucepan. Stir with the rubber spatula until the chocolate is melted. When it is, throw in a third of the dried and maraschino cherries or to your liking. You can also add cinnamon here if you want a little kick to the chocolate. If you’re having trouble getting a gooey state because the mix is too viscous, add some chocolate syrup.

Step 3: Scoop the chocolate and cherries with the spatula into the baking pan. Smooth the layer so that it is roughly even, and set in the refrigerator until chocolate is firm.

Step 4: Lay a graham cracker over the chocolate. Spread marshmallow fluff onto both sides of another graham cracker, and then set it on top of the already placed graham cracker. Lay the third cracker over the exposed marshmallow surface. (Note that the crackers should leave you with space around the edges so that you can fully cover the bar in the next step without having graham cracker or marshmallow exposed.)

Step 5: Repeat steps 2 and 3 and pour the chocolate over the graham crackers.

Step 6: If you made your own marshmallow paste, the bar needs to sit for at least 4 hours to dry up all that moisture. If you used store bought stuff, just wait until it is cool and enjoy!

You should have already completed Step 3 before making the marshmallow fluff.

Cherry Honey Marshmallow Fluff Recipe:

Lost In The Woods Marshmallow

    You will need:

  • Small saucepan
  • Large bowl
  • Candy thermometer
  • Mixer with beater attachment
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Parchment or wax paper
  • Cookie sheet
  • Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces of honey (You can use 8 ounces of light corn syrup, but I don’t like corn syrup and it’s hard to come by outside of the USA. Note: honey will make the marshmallows very sweet. A cherry blossom honey will also bring out nice tones to complement the rest of the bar.)
  • ½ cup of chilled water
  • ½ cup of room temperature water
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of cherry extract (if you can’t find this, the juice from maraschino cherries works well too)
  • 3, one-ounce packets of unflavored gelatin (agar-agar works too)
  • 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar
  • 16 ounces of granulated sugar (24 packets of Sweet-N-Low if you’re using a sugar substitute)
  • 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • Maraschino cherries, chopped

Step 1: Pour the chilled water into the bowl, and add the packets of gelatin. Make sure the gelatin is completely in the liquid, but don’t stir.

Step 2: In a small saucepan, combine the room temperature water with the honey, salt, and granulated sugar over a medium flame with the lid on for several minutes. Remove the lid and insert the candy thermometer. Remove from flame immediately when the temperature reaches 240 degrees F.

Step 3: Turn on the mixer to the lowest level and slowly beat in the heated mixture. When everything is poured in, turn the mixer up to high and beat until the consistency is white, fluffy, and thick. Add the vanilla and cherry extract and beat for one minute.

Step 4a: Immediately spread the fluff on the graham cracker. Proceed to the rest of Step 4 in the candy bar recipe, then come back to step 4b in this recipe.

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Step 4b: You will have lots of leftover marshmallow since this marshmallow recipe makes a whole sheet of marshmallows. Scoop it immediately with the spatula onto the cookie sheet already lined with parchment paper and dusted with confectioner’s sugar. Sprinkle confectioner’s sugar on top of the set marshmallows. Proceed to let the marshmallows dry for 4 hours minimum. Slice when ready to serve. These are perfect to make regular s’mores with the leftover graham crackers and chocolate pieces.

So maybe this isn’t your ideal candy bar. You might hate cherries. That’s fine. Candy is a contiguous spectrum of tastes and this one just happens to be one I dream about. If this doesn’t float your boat, go into the kitchen and make your own. Use cranberries instead of cherries, animal crackers instead of graham cracker, caramel instead of marshmallow. Make your bar your own. After all, no one invented the Twix by just sitting on the couch.



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2 Responses to “Candy Recipe: Lost In The Woods Bar”

  1. 1
    laurie says:

    Mmm… sounds awesome, if a little elaborate for my kitchen skills. (Lately my candy-making experiences have consisted of dipping vegetables in chocolate.)

  2. 2
    Dragon-chan says:

    That sound loving fantastic. I would buy it!

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