S’mores Spaghetti

S'mores SpaghettiI’ve mentioned a few times now how until the end of the year I’m part of the Verizon Wireless Savvy Gourmets program, and in turn I was given some money, a Motorola Droid Xyboard and and six months of free, unlimited data service.

As part of the program they occasionally email me and the other bloggers involved with ideas that they think would be interesting for us to write about. The most recent email they sent us suggested that we blog about our favorite summer food or drink and try to make it as creative as possible.

One thing I absolutely love doing on a nice summer night is sitting around a fire with a few friends and making s’mores. S’mores have already been done plenty of times though. In the past I’ve even written about a few of my own different s’mores variations like Peeps s’mores, deep fried s’mores, s’mores made with Oreo cookies instead of graham crackers (which I like to call s’moreos) and even a s’mores quesadilla. This new s’mores creation however is by far my most original.

Lately I’ve been reading a ton about molecular gastronomy, which is the study of the chemical and physical processes that occur in cooking. The phrase is also often used to describe a style of cooking in which chefs make use of things like equipment that might be more tailored to what you’d find in a science lab, along with food grade chemicals, to re-imagine how food is prepared and served.

One of these chemicals is agar powder, which is derived from algae and can be used to turn liquids into gels. It’s also what I used to make this dish. The brown “noodles” you see in the picture are really strings of Hershey’s chocolate. The white ones? Marshmallow. Topping off the s’mores spaghetti? Crushed up graham crackers.

I made the chocolate noodles by boiling 3/4 of a cup of water and then mixing in two grams of agar powder. I then melted one and a half cups of Hershey’s chocolate and mixed it in with the agar solution along with 1/3 of a cup of chocolate milk to keep it from getting too thick. For the marshmallow noodles I followed the exact same recipe, but swapped out the chocolate milk for regular milk.

The noodles are then created by using a plastic syringe to inject the two separate mixtures into plastic tubing, which is then placed in ice water to allow the spaghetti to set. After a few minutes I took the plastic tubes out of the water and used the syringe to inject air into them thus pushing the noodles out the other end.

The great thing about agar powder is that it’s completely tasteless, so when biting into the noodles all you taste is chocolate and marshmallow. The cooking process however was a complete pain until I finally got the ingredient measurements exactly right. I actually ended up adding in the milk because the first time I tried making this the chocolate and marshmallow mixtures weren’t thin enough and ended up clogging the plastic tubing. Once the spaghetti was finally done though it was easily one of the coolest, and best tasting, desserts I’ve ever eaten. I’m not just saying that because I’m the one that made it either!

When it came time to write this blog post I did that right from my Xyboard as well with the free WordPress app. Oh yeah, and did I mention that I did all of this while sitting in my back yard drinking a beer and surfing the internet on Verizon’s lightning fast 4G LTE network? Man, this blog post is starting to sound like the Verizon PR department wrote it for me…. Anyway, I’ve got a few more crazy recipe ideas similar to this one that I plan to test out over the next few weeks so if you think this s’mores spaghetti is nuts you haven’t seen anything yet!

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Midwest Savvy Gourmets program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

45 Comments on S’mores Spaghetti

  1. @tholzerman
    September 4, 2012 at 10:05 am (2 years ago)

    molecular gastronomy meets shock cuisine… YEAH

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  2. Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    September 4, 2012 at 10:46 am (2 years ago)

    Ok, that’s freaking cool.
    I’ve been hesitant to try molecular gastronomy, so it still blows my mind when someone can do it so well at home!

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    • Nick
      September 4, 2012 at 10:49 am (2 years ago)

      It was actually a ton easier than some of the crazy stuff people do, but it’s a nice start.

      The first time I tried it I ended up with melted chocolate and melted marshmallows that were way too thick and just clogged the plastic tubes and wouldn’t come out, but when I finally figured out just how thick the solution needed to be it was super easy.

      I also tried making three different things the night before and none of them worked, ha ha.

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  3. Mary
    September 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I love it!

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  4. Steve
    September 5, 2012 at 11:50 am (2 years ago)

    This is insane!

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  5. Cara
    September 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Buddy the Elf would love this!

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    • Nick
      September 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm (2 years ago)

      Ha ha ha. Someone on Facebook said the same thing!

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  6. Heather
    September 6, 2012 at 2:46 am (2 years ago)

    So how long before I can purchase this somewhere??? It looks amazing.

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    • Nick
      September 6, 2012 at 8:34 am (2 years ago)

      I have no idea, but if some restaurant wants to try serving it I’d be totally cool with that!

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  7. Sylvia
    September 6, 2012 at 3:14 am (2 years ago)

    Where can I get the s’mores spaghetti ? Or do I have to make it myself. Then where could I get the recipe?

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    • Nick
      September 6, 2012 at 8:32 am (2 years ago)

      Unfortunately no where yet since I just came up with the idea this past weekend, but the instructions to make it are right up in the blog post. Basically you just combine melted chocolate and melted marshmallow with a little bit of milk and some agar powder, boil it, suck the mixture up into a syringe, inject it into plastic tubing and then put it in cold water for a few minutes while the noodles set.

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  8. renovera badrum
    September 6, 2012 at 5:15 am (2 years ago)

    I love it. Hope to try it out very soon.. yumm

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  9. Scott
    September 6, 2012 at 8:37 am (2 years ago)

    I found out about your blog after seeing a story about the smores spaghetti at Huffington Post and just spent the last hour reading random posts of yours. I love it!

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    • Nick
      September 6, 2012 at 9:30 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Scott! I’m glad that you found it and even happier that you enjoy it!

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  10. Laura
    September 6, 2012 at 10:09 am (2 years ago)

    Gross

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    • Nick
      September 6, 2012 at 10:49 am (2 years ago)

      Hey, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

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  11. Beth
    September 6, 2012 at 11:16 am (2 years ago)

    YUMMMMMMMMMM

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  12. Janet
    September 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks great! Can you send me a bowl?

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    • Nick
      September 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm (2 years ago)

      I’d love to, but I’m not sure how well it would hold up while going through the mail, ha ha.

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  13. queso
    September 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Noice! I saw agar noodles on the l20 blog a couple years ago and I always wanted to try it, but I kinda thought it would be a lot harder, and I’ve always had trouble getting flavors to come out right when I use agar. Chocolate makes a lot of sense because it doesn’t degrade with heat like fruit juices or tomato water and such.

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    • Nick
      September 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm (2 years ago)

      Yeah, it took a few tries to get it right and I’m sure I could still make them taste even better, but it worked out pretty well in the end. I definitely plan on experimenting some more with agar powder.

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  14. Alana
    September 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm (2 years ago)

    I might have to propose to you….let us know where (and when) we can find this!

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    • Nick
      September 6, 2012 at 8:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Unfortunately there’s no where that you can find it yet (aside from my kitchen), but I’d be totally cool with a restaurant selling it if they wanted to.

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  15. @jzyn_
    September 7, 2012 at 9:07 am (2 years ago)

    unreal.

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  16. Ben
    September 7, 2012 at 9:19 am (2 years ago)

    I want this now!

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  17. Destiny
    September 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Aaaaaaaand this is why Americans are fat

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  18. Tom
    September 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Try making smores with a Reece’s peanut butter cup instead of Hershey’s chocolate. It takes it to a whole new level!

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  19. Nikki
    September 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Looks pretty good, but I’m not sure if anything can top regular smores.

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  20. Jon
    September 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks really good!

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  21. Matt
    September 11, 2012 at 10:14 am (2 years ago)

    I like smores and I like spaghetti, but combining them? I’m not so sure about that.

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  22. @TeaRelish
    September 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Ain’t science grand?

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  23. Natalia
    September 12, 2012 at 4:00 am (2 years ago)

    Mr Nick,you better get a patent asap. This looks like a bestseller to me :-) Perfect for couples on Val’s day,fussy kids and pretentious lady-shoppers

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  24. AJ
    September 12, 2012 at 10:09 am (2 years ago)

    Looks awesome! Craving it now, thanks!

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  25. @floorcake
    September 16, 2012 at 5:34 am (2 years ago)

    Everyone come over and we’ll make home made S’mores spaghetti

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  26. @mikepowers0
    November 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Is this real, because i could literally eat this all day.

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  27. Ken Arnold
    November 26, 2012 at 11:28 am (2 years ago)

    What sizes are the tubing and syringe?

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    • Nick
      November 26, 2012 at 11:30 am (2 years ago)

      I don’t think there’s a size listed on the tubing, but the inside diameter is about the size of regular spaghetti noodles, so just whatever size that is I guess. I got the tubing from Lowe’s.

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  28. Jess
    June 1, 2013 at 9:03 am (1 year ago)

    Hey, looking to try to make these soon. Could you please clarify the marshmallow ones? Is it meant to be marshmallows instead of chocolate? If so how much marshmallows? Same amount of chocolate?

    Thanks :)

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    • Nick
      June 1, 2013 at 10:35 am (1 year ago)

      Oh yep sorry, The white ones are melted marshmallows mixed with regular milk. I used about one and a half cups of mini marshmallows.

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