It seems that fans of The Great British Bake Off are once again furious with the Baking Show for ruining another classic: S’mores.
This week on Great British Bake Off, The seven remaining contestants took part in three spooky challenges for Halloween week. For the Technical Challenge, Judge Paul Hollywood commissioned the bakers to create s’mores — a popular treat at campgrounds across the US and Canada — from scratch. However, things didn’t seem to be going as planned.
For the challenge, the bakers had to bake eight s’mores, each filled with gooey marshmallow and dark chocolate ganache. Instead of graham crackers, bakers should bake digestive biscuits. While the Scottish semi-sweet biscuits have been used as a substitute for graham crackers, the biscuits are not quite the same.
When the challenge began, it quickly became apparent that British bakers were struggling to create the quintessentially American treat, which is typically roasted over a campfire rather than in a kitchen (or tent). Some bakers forgot to add gelatin to their syrup, which could make their marshmallows too soft. Others went a little too hard with the blowtorch to make their s’mores appear golden brown.
In the end, Abdul’s S’mores took last place while Maxy finished sixth as neither of them could get the marshmallow texture just right. Meanwhile, Syabira took first place for their identical s’mores and consistent chocolate ganache.
While creating s’mores from scratch proved a challenge for some, viewers criticized it Great British Bake-Off for “ruining” a beloved American treat.
“Let the Great British Baking Show ruin s’mores too,” one person tweeted.
Some viewers explained that the art of making s’mores isn’t baking your own marshmallows in an oven, it’s roasting them over a campfire. In fact, maybe the best thing about a s’more is when it’s as sticky and burnt as possible.
“As an American, the British attempt to turn s’mores into a technical baking challenge is the funniest thing ever,” one fan wrote. “It’s super technical but should never be done in a kitchen. Slow roast on a branch over the campfire until crisp and golden on the outside, gooey on the inside.”
“How do you make s’mores a bake-off challenge that defeats the whole purpose of the home-roasted marshmallow and the heat of melting that Hershey bar,” said another.
“GBBO is back with an episode where they have to make s’mores and almost nobody knows what that is,” wrote a third user. “They’re all freaking out because they’re burning their marshmallows, and I guarantee every American who sees it will be screaming, ‘IT SHOULD BE BURNED?!?!?'”
Pointing out that using a digestive biscuit instead of a graham cracker for a s’more, one user ruins the entire treat, writing: “Great British Bake Off continues its horrors by trying to make s’mores with digestive biscuits instead of graham.” to prepare crackers. Some strange chocolate paste. They just hate American food.”
But the criticism didn’t end there. Some people even called out co-judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith for plucking the s’more up with a fork instead of grasping it with their hands. “For the past three weeks, #GBBO has had me watching a woman peel an avocado like a potato and Paul and Prue eat S’mores with a goddamn spoon,” said one viewer.
The Great British Bake Off was in hot water earlier this month when the reality series branded its latest episode, “Mexican Week,” in which contestants tried to cook up Mexican-inspired dishes. However, viewers criticized the episode for its “offensive” portrayal of Mexican cuisine and culture — stereotypical placement of sombreros and maracas, mispronunciation of Spanish words, and its “tacky” jokes.
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/great-british-baking-show-halloween-week-smores-b2208188.html Fans criticize The Great British Bake Off for ‘ruining’ S’mores.