Dessert Comes First

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For Marshmallow Lovers Only

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“Ohhh… god…just…”

“I’m gonna…ooh…oh, yeah…”

These are just some of the utterances I’ve heard from grown men and women as they eat the S’mores Fondue (P430) at Old Swiss Inn. It’s not a new item but if you haven’t been by in a long time, you’d be surprised to see how creative they’ve gotten with their fondues, and not just the sweet ones, either.

The S’mores Fondue is a smart riff of the classic campfire treat: roasted marshmallows sandwiched between graham crackers and dipped in a pot of molten Toblerone. I would never have paid attention to it because I’m not crazy about marshmallows but my Bin – who is over the moon for marshmallow anything – wants to deviate from our usual chocolate fondue. This is after a most satisfying late dinner of steak (for him) and baked pork knuckle (for me).

Anyway, our initial encounter with this most unusual fondue was quite dismal – stale crackers and grabbed-from-the-bag, unroasted (horrors!) marshmallows. To make a long story short, I tell K, the restaurant owner (who is a friend of mine) about our experience and some weeks later, she arranges a S’mores Fondue taste test for a select group of marshmallow lovers. I’m the odd woman out obviously, but hey, it’s chocolate.

The marshmallows are heated in two ways.

The marshmallows in the cover photo (above) are broiled in a salamander, a type of broiler found in professional kitchens. Its high heat comes from overhead heating elements that brown foods quickly. The intense, enveloping heat has imbued the marshmallows’ tops with an even, golden glow. It’s a color reflected on their bottoms too, since the marshmallows are flipped over halfway through broiling.

Torched marshmallows.

In this photo, the marshmallows sport cheery, charred edges – “… the BEST part of roasted marshmallows!” declares G, someone smitten by S’mores. The photo above shows marshmallows that are “heated” using a kitchen torch. The flame is high and uneven, thus the uneven browning and charred edges, or “Crusty on the outside and all kinds of good ‘gooey-ness’ on the inside!” Exclaims O, who is new to S’mores but loves marshmallows.

Our tandem of testers agree that while the salamander-broiled marshmallows are more “photogenic,” they don’t trump their kitchen-torched counterparts. As these avid marshmallow fans have made clear to me, a marshmallow can do no wrong.

Now that the marshmallow issue has been decided, all that’s left is assembly. A pair of them are scrunched in between two graham crackers and some force is exerted. Immediately and unexpectedly, a rather resolute pop! oof! is heard and we all giggle at the unexpected audio effects. There’s also a visual delight aspect since the marshmallows poof out the sides like a blowfish.

Then it’s time to do the dip, and as with all the chocolate fondues at Old Swiss Inn, this one’s made from melted Toblerone. In goes a S’more into a swirling, midnight mass of undiluted cocoa rapture. A quick swoop and swipe yields a dripping mess that I – curiously enough – want to smear my face with. “Oh, oh, don’t forget the sprinkles now!” Yells O, sprinkling some on his S’more.

All armed with our respective drippy sandwiches, we simultaneously bite in.

“Ohhh… god…just…” O groans.

“I’m gonna…ooh…oh, yeah…” G agrees.

“This is the BEST!” Proclaims my Bin, marshmallow king of them all.

“Yep, this isn’t half bad,” says K, licking her fingers.

“And I think that I’m starting to like marshmallows,” I state, surprising myself. Following the initial crunch of cracker is a pillowy gush of marshmallow fluff, fiercely soft from the flame it’s come from. Then quickly, a sweet sweep of chocolate sidestepped by a sprinkling of sprinkles.

Surrounded by unabashed lovers of the marshmallow, I discover that the shortest distance between disliking a marshmallow and learning to like it is a big pot of hot liquid chocolate and a pair of graham crackers.

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S’mores Fondue at The Old Swiss Inn
P430.00
G/F Olympia Bldg, Makati Ave. cor Sto Tomas St., Makati
818 8251 / 812 8751.
Open 24 hours, Mondays to Sundays.
Watch a video on how to eat S’Mores Fondue. (Thanks to Old Swiss Inn).

G/F Garden Plaza and Suites, 1030 Belen St., Paco, Manila
521 3002 / 522 4835.

Other Old Swiss Inn posts:

Oinker At The Old Swiss Inn
The Old Swiss Inn’s Baked Pork Knuckle

16 Responses to “For Marshmallow Lovers Only”

  • This looks sooo good, Lori. Haven’t been to Old Swiss Inn yet, but I think now I found a reason to go there.

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  • I had this just two days ago. Coincidence!

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  • Now that you mention it, something that you can do as an alternative to “Fluffernutter” (Fluff marshmallow spread and peanut butter) is “Flufferchocler” (I made that up) which is Fluff and Nutella. Smear both on white bread and then toast for a bit (to get that ooey-gooey effect) and let the moans and groans ensue! :)

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    Lori Reply:

    Moans and groans indeed! I never thought to mix marshmallow fluff and Nutella together. I fancy they’d go well with graham crackers.
    –lori

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  • On your recommendation, i dragged 2 of my friends tonight to Old Swiss Inn and did we love the s’mores fondue! Tomorrow i’ll try dragging my husband. Gotta come back for more but also gotta share the calories! Haha!

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    Lori Reply:

    Glad you enjoyed it, Sands!

    –lori

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  • When I was a kid, I remember there was a commercial regarding EQ and they used marshmallow as a prop. The person (a teacher, I think) gave directions to the kid to NOT eat the marshmallow. If the kid eats it, then she has low EQ. Since then I scoff at marshmallows. I always think, if you eat it then you have low EQ. Up until now, that thought is wired into my brain. I guess I’m missing out. :( But how I loooooove Nutella! :p

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    Lori Reply:

    I must say, that was quite the bizarre commercial.

    –lori

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    itskayemiranda Reply:

    Yeah. It was. I think they’re promoting a milk formula. If your child drinks this, then she’ll behave and will not have low EQ. Hahaha… Will try the smores soon! :) Promise.

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  • hi lori. i really want to try this, but if i order this from old swiss in, will i be able to have this same experience (i.e. marshmallows which are crusty on the outside gooey on the inside)? must admit i am bit burned by good reviews, but then when experienced by an ordinary diner, it doesn’t seem quite the same sometimes

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    katrina Reply:

    Hi Leah,

    I’m the owner of Old Swiss Inn, and I don’t blame you for being burned by good reviews.

    Consistency is the challenge of all restaurants, and I rely on customers and friends (like Lori) to give me honest opinons. If you do decide to try it, I’d love to hear your feedback, and will gladly exchange it for something else if it doesn’t meet your expectations.

    If you want, please look at our S’Mores Fondue video at our website (oldswissinn.com) so you know what to expect :).

    Looking forward to hearing from you! (email oldswissinn@yahoo.com)

    kat

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    Lori Reply:

    Do try it, Leah, and if – for example – the marshmallows are not to your liking, then ask for it to be re-done. Part of a good restaurant experience is to take an active role in making it just so.
    – lori

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    leigh Reply:

    I can’t believe it took a year but i was finally able to try this last saturday and though it’s slightly different from the pics above (I think now they use bigger marshmallows which lie on their side though I wouldn’t have thought they torched them) but I really enjoyed the smores and will keep telling friends to try them too :-)

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  • Thanks Lori! Superbly written as usual….I just love how you describe food! Makes my mouth water :)

    Been making my staff practice the S’Mores Fondue (we end up giving it away to diners, to promote it as well) and comments have been very positive. I even made an amateur video (directed by Maning, heh heh :) ) and posted it in our website just so that diners (and staff) know what its supposed to look like, and how to eat it.

    Thanks again for your feedback, and helping us tweak it.

    So, when are you up for a cheese fondue? :)

    kat

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    Lori Reply:

    Kat!
    You’re back from your trip? The S’mores Fondue made such an impression on Bin that we made some with Boo the next day. Incredible stuff. Glad there’s a “tutorial” on the Old Swiss Inn website. As for that cheese fondue, just holler and I’ll come running!
    – lori

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    katrina Reply:

    Nice to know Boo enjoyed as well! Will arrange lunch with M and O….I just love their company. And this is perfect fondue weather! :)

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