The first recorded mention of S’mores comes from a Girl Scout manuscript entitled “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.” Since it’s popularization as the classic camping treat the s’more has been introduced in many variations ranging from candy bars to toaster pastries. It even has garnered it’s own holiday: National S’mores day is celebrated each August 10’th in the U.S.A. There are many recipes for s’mores but the classic campfire version is considered by many to be the best.
The classic s’more consists of three ingredients: graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate. Graham crackers were invented in 1829 by a minister named Sylvester Graham. They were supposed to be a part of his special diet to repress what he viewed as negative urges. Nobody knows if his diet was successful or not, but ever since their invention in the 19’th century, graham crackers have been a favorite treat.
Marshmallows have their roots in ancient Egypt where a sweet treat was made from the roots of the mallow plant. It was supposed to have medicinal purposes including soothing a sore throat. In it’s modern form, the marshmallow has been around since at least the late 1800’s.
Chocolate is a food from the New World that has been derived from the beans of the cocoa plant for over three thousand years. Originally it was used in ancient Mesoamerican religious ceremonies. Today we enjoy it as an everyday treat.
To make the classic version of a s’more you’ll need a campfire. While you can make a s’more in a microwave or on a stove-top, there is just something about a blazing fire pushing back the dark of night while you’re in the outdoors. The wood smoke also adds a certain flavor that you just can’t get with the other methods.
Using a piece of non-coated wire or a sharpened stick, warm your marshmallow over the open flames. Some folks like to blacken their marshmallows and others like them browned to a golden color. How long you allow your marshmallow to cook is a personal preference. However, you will want to make sure that it is at least slightly gooey inside and plenty warm.
You'll want your marshmallow to be warm because the next step is to place it onto ½ of a graham cracker. Next place a piece of chocolate on top of your marshmallow and top it all off with another ½ of a graham cracker. Now press down firmly, squishing everything together into a “sandwich”. If you’ve heated your marshmallow enough it should start spilling warm goo over your chocolate (and everything else!) causing it to melt. Voila! You have succeeding in creating the perfect s’more! Sit back and enjoy. Just be sure to have some napkins on hand because you are bound to get messy!
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