S'mores-inspired treats

Shelley Mann, Columbus Alive

Was it just me, or did the entire city smell like a campfire last weekend? Even though Labor Day is usually the last hurrah for cookout season, it ushers in a few great bonfire months perfect for roasting marshmallows and making s'mores.

Oh, s'mores. That magical combination of graham crackers, chocolate bars, roasted marshmallows and nostalgia is something I crave more often than any other sweet treat.

Several restaurants around town serve s'mores-inspired desserts. Let's see who comes closest to the campfire classic.

Due Amici

Name: S'more Napoleon, $8

Ingredients: Graham cracker blondie, chocolate, bruleed housemade marshmallow

Similarity to actual s'mores: Looks and feels more like a brownie, but flavorwise it's a close match. A thick, buttery blondie covered in a layer of chocolate ganache serves as the base.

The marshmallow on this one was my favorite among the s'mores desserts. It's a fantastic made-in-house specimen toasted until golden brown and blistery - just how your marshmallow looks the second before it falls off the skewer and into the flames.

Latitude 41

Name: Valrhona Chocolate "Smore," $8

Ingredients: Ganache cake, marshmallow fluff, graham cracker, dark chocolate gelato

Similarity to actual s'mores: This one's a gorgeous, deconstructed, artisanal take on the humble s'more. It starts with a delicious homemade graham cracker base and gets adequate toasted marshmallow flavor thanks to a layer of bruleed marshmallow fluff.

The biggest difference is in the chocolate - and it's a definite improvement on the original. Hiding underneath the roasted marshmallow is a hockey puck of dense chocolate ganache, and a small scoop of Jeni's dark chocolate completes the plate.

Chocolate Cafe

Name: Campfire S'mores, $3

Ingredients: Graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate syrup and whipped cream

Similarity to actual s'mores: In some ways, these are the closest to the real thing. Two actual graham crackers sandwich actual marshmallows (in fun pastel colors), and then they're drizzled in chocolate sauce and topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

Only thing missing is the crucial roasted marshmallow flavor. These marshmallows are slightly warmed, but nowhere near toasted. Regardless, it's a fun and indulgent treat that will satisfy s'mores cravings.

Photo by Jodi Miller

Shelley Mann is the editor of Crave, Columbus' new dining magazine. Keep up with her at ColumbusCrave.com.

Chocolate Cafe

1855 Northwest Blvd., Grandview



Due Amici

67 E. Gay St., Downtown



Latitude 41

50 N. Third St., Downtown