This Giant Toasted S’mores Pie is built on a graham cracker crust, a slab of chocolate ganache, rich chocolate pudding and meringue topping.
(This post was sponsored by Flipp for their ‘Flipp Year of Savings’ campaign, and I’ve been financially compensated for my involvement. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I only work with brands I trust and love!)
I’m not going to lie: I have an addiction.
Could you tell? After all, this is a budget-friendly dessert blog. Today’s Giant Toasted S’mores Pie may look like a million bucks, but it’s actually quite affordable to make at home. (I promise!)
If you know me, you know that I love coupons and price matching. I have very happy memories of my 11-year-old self clipping coupons not because anybody asked me to, but because I wanted to. Saving has always been a passion of mine.
That’s why I was so excited when Flipp reached out to me. For those not in the loop, Flipp is a free shopping app that collects all your local weekly circulars (grocery and others) so you can easily plan your shopping, find the best deals and save more money each week. You simply search for an item and you’ll see where it appears in almost every grocery circular in your area, what the price is and what store it’s from. Simply click on it to ‘circle’ the item, and show the cashier when you’re paying for your groceries.
I’ve been using their app for almost a year when they got in touch, ever since—and I swear this is a true story—a kindly but perhaps lonesome elderly gentleman came up to me at 7 a.m. in my local grocery store and spent 10 minutes explaining what Flipp was and how his wife had downloaded it onto his smartphone.
It was adorable, and also very helpful. After that, I downloaded the app and have used it almost every week when I plan out my grocery hauls.
Something I’ve been playing around with for the past few months has been Flipp’s newly updated Shopping List features.
Do you ever write down an ingredient or two on your fridge shopping list and end up forgetting it when you go to the store? With Flipp’s Photo List feature, you can take a photo of your hand-written list with your smartphone and it automatically uploads it to the app, populating your e-shopping list with your items. (Check out the photos below for my Giant Toasted S’mores Pie to see it in action!)
Store Mode is another great feature that sorts your list items by grocery store aisle at your local store. (Really!) While not every store has been inputted into the app yet, in my area there are lots of choices, including a major grocery store a five minute drive from my house.
Finally, their last new feature is Sync, which for anyone who has roommates, a significant other, or family members shopping for your pantry too, is a god-send. I hate to reinforce stereotypes here, but Alex knows that I am the self-proclaimed Queen of the Supermarket. I know where every item in the store is located and what constitutes a good or bad price.
Alex, on the other hand, is not a fan of grocery shopping and his #1 goal is getting out of there as quickly as possible. By syncing my grocery list with his Flipp account, he can see what I’ve gotten at the store and what he needs to pick up. No more forgotten lists or missed Facebook messages with “GET MILK!!!!” This is my top pick of the new features, by far.
You might be wondering, how much can I save? I always do a ‘budget breakdown’ section at the bottom of all Crumb Kitchen posts, but I’ll be doing something slightly different today in addition to that. To make today’s Giant Toasted S’mores Pie, I inputted all of the ingredients necessary into Flipp and went to the grocery store to buy what I didn’t have. This is how much I saved from the items I needed:
- Dark chocolate chips: $1.50 per package
- Granulated sugar: $0.50 per bag
- Eggs: $0.12 per dozen
- Butter: $1.00 per pound
- Jello-O pudding mix: $0.51 per package
- Almond milk: $1.00 per carton
Total: $4.63 saved! For only a few items, that’s significant savings. When I do my weekly grocery shop for my two person household, which often includes blog recipe ingredients as well, I can often save anywhere from $10 to $25 just using Flipp.
Now, onto today’s dessert! This is a show-stopper of a treat, one where you can blow the minds of your guests by quite literally blow torching the dessert. This Giant Toasted S’mores Pie is summer in a pie, with the added sophistication of tasty layers like chocolate ganache and meringue.
While this isn’t a 15-minutes-and-you’re-done type of dessert, it’s so worth it. You can get a taste of buttery graham cracker crust, rich chocolate ganache, creamy chocolate pudding and sweet and toasty meringue in one bite. Where else can you get that?
If you don’t own a creme brûlée torch, I’m told you can carefully broil meringue in your oven on high heat, though I haven’t tried this myself for this Giant Toasted S’mores Pie. If you’re a fan of baking and cooking, I’d urge you to get a creme brûlée torch from your local kitchen supply store or craft store. Being able to burn things in a positive, constructive way is FUN.
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Total Cost = $5.79 (Budget breakdown below recipe)
- 6 tbsp. salted butter, melted (measure before melting)
- 1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 4.2 oz. (about ¾ cup) dark chocolate, chopped
- 3 oz. heavy whipping cream
- 1 pkg. dry Jell-O chocolate pudding mix
- 1.5 cups cold milk*
- 4 cold egg whites
- Pinch of salt
- ½ tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray; set aside.
- In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt butter. Stir to break up any chunks of unmelted butter. Pour in graham cracker crumbs and mix until it resembles wet sand.
- Press crumbs into pie crust with the back of a spoon, pressing the crumbs halfway up the sides of the pie plate. Bake in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes.
- Let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes, then transfer to the fridge with a kitchen towel underneath for 15 minutes.
- Just before crust is to be taken out of the fridge, prepare the ganache. Heat cream in a small microwave-safe bowl on high for 40 seconds to 1 minute, or until cream starts to bubble. Add in chopped dark chocolate and whisk together, slowly at first, then vigorously to ensure all chocolate chunks are melted.
- Pour ganache into the bottom of the cooled crust, using a spoon to spread evenly. Place in refrigerator and start working on the pudding layer.
- In a medium bowl, whisk Jell-O pudding mix with cold milk until very smooth and no lumps remain, about 1-2 minutes. Remove pie plate from fridge and pour pudding on top of the ganache layer, spreading evenly.
- Cover lightly with plastic wrap, ensuring it doesn't touch the pudding, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 1.5 hours.
- After pudding layer has chilled, prepare the meringue topping. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add egg whites, salt, cream of tartar and vanilla extract and mix on low until mixture starts to turn cloudy.
- Add small increments of sugar to the mixture while the mixer is running, and slowly increase the speed. Once all of the sugar has been added, ensure the mixer is on the highest speed and let combine until the "stiff peak" stage has been reached. You'll know by the glossy texture of the meringue and when you stop the mixer and hold up the whisk attachment—the meringue should keep it's shape completely and not droop down at all.
- Remove pie plate from the fridge and immediately scoop meringue onto the top of the pie evenly. Using an offset spatula or a spoon, gently swirl the top of the meringue into peaks.
- To torch the top, use a creme brûlée torch and carefully cook the top of the meringue. (I haven't used the oven method, but I hear you can carefully broil the top on high heat to get a similar effect.)
- Serve immediately or within 2 hours.
Meringue topping adapted from The Kitchn. Crumb Kitchen original recipe.
6 tbsp. salted butter = $0.37
1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs = $1.20
4.2 oz. dark chocolate = $1.00
3 oz. heavy whipping cream = $0.35
1 pkg. dry Jell-O chocolate pudding mix = $0.99
1.5 cups cold milk = $0.96
4 egg whites = $0.60
Pinch of salt = $0.01
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar = $0.04
1 tsp. vanilla extract = $0.07
1/2 cup granulated sugar = $0.20
Why it’s Cheap
By using ‘pre-made’ items like graham cracker crumbs and pudding mix, which are often on sale, you can save a few pennies and a lot of extra time.
Make it More Budget-Friendly
If you only have unsalted butter on hand, use that and add in a pinch of salt to the crust mixture. For the dark chocolate, any type works—chips, chunks, or chopped chocolate bars. Any type of milk can be used, including non-dairy types, as long as it’s the original or sweetened varieties. Finally, visit your local bulk food store to buy a small amount of cream of tartar if you don’t want to buy an entire container at the grocery store.
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