August 10th National S’mores Day
Got some chocolate candy? Grahams crackers? Marshmallows? If you do, you’ve got the makings for S’mores. S’mores were created sometime in the 1920’s supposedly by the Campfire Girls. It amazes me how long it took people to figure out the uses for chocolate. The chocolate chip cookie, s’mores… wow, what were they waiting for? They say you can even make them in a microwave in 12 seconds but why? Get your act together and make a campfire and make them the right way, like the Campfire Girls of old! Sometimes you just can’t beat the old ways of doing things!
How to celebrate – Go camping so you can make some S’mores! Become a Girl Scout to properly celebrate today. Make your own S’mores by adding whatever you feel might improve something already pretty darn good!
Of course one of America’s, and Canada’s, favorite treats has to include chocolate, toasted marshmallows, and graham crackers. While credit is given to Alec Barnum, it appears to have been created before he became involved in 1927. Records go back to an article in a Girl Scout book called “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts” in 1925. In “Tramping…” they called it “Some Mores” which was way too long and hard to say so it was edited to “S’mores”
Today we have cup cakes that taste like s’mores, pop tarts that taste like s’mores, and even coffee that tastes like s’mores.
But there is nothing like cooking s’mores over a roaring campfire. Toasting that marshmallow until it is just crispy enough to melt the chocolate bar, when both placed on the graham cracker. Whether you are in the wilds of the national forest or your own backyard, they are just as good as good can get. Oh, and while we are at it, even though this is known as a Girl Scout treat, apparently the Boy Scouts were enjoying it at exactly the same time. But since girls are sweeter than boys, we’ll give it to them.
You can try a few different creative combinations. Peanut butter replacing the marshmallow is getting very popular. Some are known to cheat with the chocolate as well by coating the graham cracker with fudge before applying the marshmallow or peanut butter.
Oh, and for Easter… try a s’mores with a Peeps instead of just a plain old common everyday marshmallow. National S’more Day is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.
How to celebrate – Build a fire in your backyard tonight and cook some s’mores for yourself (it will go better if it’s not raining). Experiment with some of your own creations. Go hunt and see how many items you can find that are s’more flavored or smelling, such as lipgloss, candles, coffee, etc.
In the early 1800’s Reverend Sylvester Graham decided his Presbyterian congregation needed a healthy snack so he invented the Graham Cracker.
His treat was made from whole wheat and could be served with practically anything or enjoyed by themselves. Things have changed a bit since Reverend Graham’s time. Today these crackers are generally made from bleached white flour and served in either honey, chocolate, or cinnamon flavors.
We even cut them into fun shapes so we can have more fun eating them.
Sometimes we get really artistic in an effort to make a treat have more meaning, such as this graham cracker airplane.
When the girl scouts got hold of the graham cracker, they added chocolate and marshmallow, and created S’mores.
Even more creative is what you can do with them at Christmas! Like making “graham cracker” houses and villages.
And of course they make a wonderful pie crust!
All this from such a simple invention, and a healthy too if you eat them as originally intended.
How to celebrate: Build a fire and make some S’mores. Fix you kids a light summer treat of graham crackers with fruit. Enjoy a few graham crackers instead of cookies, they are better for you.