National S’mores Day!

By Diane Ruyack

What is oooey, gooey and is made usually out of doors?  What delicious white beverage goes with this decadent treat?  We all want some more s’mores and milk around the fire. August 10 is always National S’More Day! This holiday is for honoring and enjoying the fun, delicious and messy fireside snack called s’mores. A s’more is a traditional campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada consisting of a roasted marshmallow and a slab of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker.

They were first mentioned in the Girl Scout Handbook in 1927.

S’more folklore suggests that s’mores got its name right by the campfire. After eating one, young kids chanted “gimme some more!” Probably it came out s’more because that is all that he could get out due to the stickiness of the concoction.  Building a s’more is easy.  Just toast a marshmallow and put it between a sandwich of 2 graham crackers and chocolate bar.  Yum!  These can be made very carefully in the microwave by placing a graham cracker on a disposable plate, piece of flat chocolate bar and top with marshmallow.  Microwave until marshmallow has doubled in size, carefully remove and add the top graham cracker and enjoy.

One new variant of the s’more is the “Belgian S’more” which is made by inserting red licorice on top of the marshmallow (either before or right after heating). The result is the same s’more but with a chewy center. Peanut butter can be spread on one of the graham crackers to add some protein to this snack.

To make s’more ice cream, allow vanilla ice cream to soften, then add miniature marshmallows, chocolate chunks or milk chocolate morsels and crushed graham crackers or mini graham crackers.

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