One of the new Tazo tea lattes at Starbucks is…
I can’t remember where I was at the time, but a few years ago I went to a coffee shop that offered a s’mores latte. This drink was inspired by classic campfire s’mores, with their layers of crisp graham crackers, toasted marshmallows and melting chocolate. Unfortunately, the coffee shop in question used a s’mores flavored syrup and it didn’t quite live up to my expectations in the flavor department. I still thought it was a good idea, however, and decided to play around with the concept at home. Adding the chocolate to hot coffee and milk was easy, and marshmallows on top added plenty of marshmallowy sweetness. I used milk chocolate, as that is the quintessential s’mores chocolate (although you can use dark if you prefer).
The graham cracker element was slightly trickier, as the crackers lost their crunch – and just about all of their appeal – when they got wet in the mug. I solved the problem by simply crushing the grahams and sprinkling them on top of the marshmallows, where you can still get a taste of them in every sip, but where they are protected from the coffee and milk by a layer of sugar.
2-oz espresso or strong coffee
8-oz hot or steamed milk
1.5-oz milk chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup mini marshmallows
2 tsp graham cracker crumbs
graham cracker, for garnish
Pour espresso into a large mug. Add chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted and smooth. Top with hot steamed milk, but reserve foam. Add mini marshmallows to the drink (toast with a kitchen torch if you have one!) and sprinkle generously with graham cracker crumbs. Garnish with a single graham cracker.