This post is sponsored by our partners at Honey Maid as part of the #ThisisWholesome campaign. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.
My favorite memories of The Fourth of July are those of when we first moved to Florida from London. My brother was just a baby and I was a toddler in a new place that was now to be called home. Food of course like for most people took up most of the day. Whether it was a picnic, barbecue or potluck, the day was never complete without a weekend feast. As evening neared my parents would pack us up in the car and take us to Disney where I would sit on top of my dad’s shoulders and watch the fireworks go off. It was a time we looked forward to with excitement and wonder.
As we got older our traditions grew to include our favorite South Asian grilling foods with the patriotic holiday. We always had to have my dad’s famous tandoori chicken and to cool us down my mom would make us ice cold Rooh-Afza. As the years passed I think July 4th started to become more and more important for my family, especially my parents, as it was the promise of building a better life for their kids that made them leave their home in London.
A few years later my parents were sworn in as US citizens during the week of July 4th. It was an emotional day as all their sacrifices and struggles felt fruitful. They had laid a foundation down for their children to prosper in the “land of opportunity.”
Celebrating July 4th hasn’t changed much since I met my husband. The weekend includes get-togethers with friends, cookouts and time with family. The only thing that has changed is now I have a New York City view vs. Disney.
Two years ago we celebrated my daughter’s first 4th of July. It was a special day for us because she’s the first child on my side of the family to be born in the USA. That’s a big deal for her parents and grandparents who were all born abroad.
With the 4th of July right around the corner, I wanted to share a South Asian twist on an all American classic: s’mores.
Ladoos are a classic South Asian dessert. They are made during festivals, prayer ceremonies and special occasions and because July 4th is a time to have parties, and welcome guests and families, they are the perfect dessert for the occasion. Ladoos are made out of variety ingredients, some which include chickpea flour, nuts, sugar, fruits, milk powder etc. and are shaped like truffles.
We at Masalamommas were very excited to get a chance to try out a special July 4th box of goodies from Honey Maid to create this delicious recipe!
For the s’mores ladoo, I took crushed Honey Maid graham crackers and mixed them with toasted marshmallows, cream cheese and cardamom powder.
Once the ladoos were formed I dipped them in Hershey’s milk chocolate and topped them with crushed pistachios. These are the perfect little treats that can be made ahead of time prior to your July Fourth bash.
S’mores Ladoos (makes 10-12)
1 package Honey Maid Graham Crackers
12 toasted marshmallows
2 oz. softened cream cheese
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
12 oz. Hershey’s chocolate
1 teaspoon butter
2 tablespoons crushed pistachio
- Blend the graham crackers in a food processor until fine crumbs are formed.
- Combine the crumbs, marshmallows, cream cheese and cardamom powder and blend until mixed.
- Form the crumb mixture into 1 inch balls and place on wax paper.
- Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes. Once chilled, melt the chocolate and butter for 30-45 seconds in the microwave, stopping every 15 minutes to mix (each microwave is different, you want to make sure the chocolate does not burn).
- Dip the graham cracker ladoos into the chocolate and place back on wax paper.
- Sprinkle with the crushed pistachios and let sit until chocolate has hardened.
Happy July 4th!
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