I Celebrate National S'mores Day
So many s'mores so little time.
Hands down, these were my favorite treat as a kid.
What wasn't to like? There was an open flame involved, the result was sticky and gooey and it included chocolate. Met all my criteria at the time, lol.
So imagine my delight to discover that August 10th is celebrated by the National Confectioner's Association as "National S'Mores Day".
An excuse to eat my weight in this delicious combination?? Ooooo, maybe I should rephrase that.
An excuse to eat chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows with breakfast, lunch and dinner? I'm in!
And, I have some ideas about how to prepare and celebrate this greatest of national holidays.
History of S'Mores
The National Confectioner's Association Version
According to the National Confectioner's Association website, although roasting marshmallows may have been around for a while, it was the Girl Scouts that first published this recipe.
The National Confectioner's Association also believes the Girl Scouts were responsible for naming this delicious treat "S'mores", short for "gimme some more". This information is not surprising to discover considering the Girl Scout cookie history.
The Girl Scout Version
The Girl Scouts have a different version of the story and they call this gooey morsel "Some Mores". They agree, however, that they first published the recipe in 1927, but not in the handbook - that came later. Instead, they say it was published in "Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts" and the recipe was provided by Loretta Scott Crew.
I remember the recipe being in my Girl Scout Handbook during the mid to late 1960s.
The Basic Ingredients
- Box of graham crackers
- box of plain Hershey bars
- large marshmallows
- an open flame--pit fires are safest
- a long handled fork, skewer to put the marshmallow on for roasting
- a plate for assembling the treat
- and a reguilar sized dinner fork for handling and assembling the ingredients--optional but always a good idea to have available.
Make More S'Mores in One Shot
This looks like it take away all the possible drops in the dirt that can happen around a campfire.
It also looks like it takes away a lot of the fun of making this tasty treat.
However, if you have lots of people to feed, this is the ideal tool to make the building and heating process move faster. And for that reason alone, I chose to feature this product.
Make This Famous Treat Around the Campfire
- Break a whole graham cracker in half and place each square side-by-side on a plate.
- Open a Hershey bar and break it in half. Place one half on one of the graham crackers and save the other half for your next s'more.
- Roast one or two large marshmallows on a long skewer--just poke them on to the skewer and hold them over the open flame. Make sure you rotate them slowly so they get melty, and crusty all the way around and through. Some burned areas are fine, but pull them off the fire before they get drippy--knowing when this is about ready to happen is a skill you will just have to work at learning.
- Place a large roasted marshmallow on top of the chocolate bar and then place the remaining graham cracker on top, like a sandwich
- Now, take a good long look at it and then take a bite of your s'more.
Hot marshmallows can burn your mouth and tongue.
Allowing the marshmallow to cool a bit (not too long though!) might be wise.
What I Remember
I can remember packing the food for Girl Scout outings and family outings and making sure my portion of chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows was included.
I remember hunting for the perfect tree branch to roast the marshmallows with, then cleaning it off before using it.
I remember the excitement I felt when I realized the moment of roasting and assembling was near.
I remember eating them cold--no roasting--during many rainy camping trips.
The ULTIMATE S'Mores Kit
I have not bought one of these, but I absolutely drooled when I saw it!
It has everything you need to make 36 s'mores. That would be 18 Hershey bars (yes, we break the chocolate bars in half), 1- 10 ounce bag of marshmallows and 4 -9 packs of graham crackers.
Just dream about this for a moment. If you buy this you will have the possibility of s'mores being at your fingertips any time you want them...oh, the possibilities.
Try other chocolate flavors like a mint chocolate or a peanut butter chocolate.
What about substituting the Hershey's bar for a large Reese's Peanut Butter Cup?
What to Do If You Don't Have a Campfire
The backyard fire pit will work just as well as a campfire. However, most of us don't have either nor do we have access to an area where making a fire is possible.
No worries! You can make S'Mores using your oven and a baking sheet.
In fact, this is a great way to make a half dozen or so in one shot.
- Pre-heat the oven to about 325 to 350 degrees.
- Build your S'Mores right on the baking sheet--you can spray it with a cooking spray to prevent the marshmallow and chocolate from sticking to the baking sheet.
- Pop them in the oven and let them melt into a great treat. 10 - 15 minutes should do the trick but keep an eye on them. They could get too gooey and not be easy to handle.
Graham Cracker Alternatives
Use two large chocolate chip cookies instead.
Use two of your favorite cookies--sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, chocolate cookies.
Or, you could make your own graham crackers.