Bonfire Night: S'mores
Updated: Mar 3, 2019
No other dessert quite represents summer quite like s’mores.
From rustic scenes of campfires and cozy winter nights in front of the fireplace, s'mores are the stuff childhood memories are made of.
When it comes to camping, nothing is more classic and no camp out is more complete without roasting marshmallows over an open fire while surrounded by family and friends to make that tasty treat familiar to all: s'mores! Though nobody quite agrees on where s’mores came from (or who gave them their silly name), it’s clear to us that the things could only have been invented by a kid. Nobody over ten years-old would ever think of squishing together a chocolate bar, a toasted marshmallow, and a pair of graham crackers, and calling it food.
Popularized by the Girl Scouts in the late 1920s, the simple classic camping snack hasn't lost public interest and, in fact, is constantly tinkered with, as evident by all the campfire -- and chef-driven restaurant -- variations out there. Graham crackers, melted chocolate and sticky toasted marshmallows, all in one little sandwich—if that doesn’t get you licking your chops, what does? S’mores are the one of the most popular North American desserts and virtually the quintessential campfire treat.
Isn’t it strange how the combination of these three basic ingredients instantly transforms into something altogether magical when united in ooey-gooey harmony?
The sweet, warm, gooey, toothsome treat always leaves kids wanting more. In fact, that's probably how they got their name. S'more is thought to be a contraction of the phrase, “some more," as in “I want some more s'mores!
If you're craving the real thing but don't have time or space to build a campfire, a little creativity will help you get your s'mores on right in your kitchen. Children should be sure a parent or other caring adult supervises, for safety's sake. Using a gas or electric stovetop (or even a candle if the power has gone out), you can put your marshmallow on a stick, skewer, cooking fork or grasp it with salad tongs and hold it no less than 6 inches over the heated cooking element or low flame. Then, smear the melted goodness onto a cracker and chocolate bar, and you've got an indoor s'more!
Today, the s'more has become so popular that it’s inspired a range of spin-offs. You can eat a s'mores-flavored Pop Tart for breakfast, munch on a s'mores candy bar for dessert, or if you're feeling really adventurous unwind after a long day at work and sip on a s'mores martini.