I don’t care how old you are, everyone, and I mean everyone, looks forward to making S’mores when camping. This simple, gooey, sweet, messy and delicious dessert is generally reserved to special nights around the campfire. Rarely have I made S’mores—short for “some more”—at home. Just like birthday cake and ice cream, we should be incorporating more S’mores into our daily lives.
No one is quite sure where S’mores came from—there are not S’mores PhD’s or experts to track down the history of S’mores. However, the first record of a S’mores recipe is credited to the 1927 book, “Tramping and Trailing With the Girl Scouts.” Traditionally, S’mores consist of two squares of graham cracker, a hunk of plain chocolate bar, and a roasted marshmallow. Using a stick, straightened wire clothes hanger or metal rack or fork made just for the occasion, you put a marshmallow, or two, at the end of the stick and hold the marshmallow over the fire until done to your liking. The perfect marshmallow is lightly toasted and crispy on the outside, just on the underside of burned and perfectly gooey on the inside. Once done, you remove the marshmallow from your stick and quickly put it in between the graham crackers with a hunk of chocolate. The heat from the marshmallow melts the chocolate for a gooey, yummy sticky sweet dessert sammich.
August 10 is National S’mores Day, and I have 31 reasons to celebrate! Experiment with the following alternative ways to make S’mores.
Start out by buying a variety of marshmallow flavors. I am particularly fond of the toasted coconut marshmallows.
Instead of, or in addition to, a Hershey’s plain chocolate bar use:
- Chocolate spread
- Peanut butter
- Dulce de Leche
- Lemon curd
- Caramel sauce
- Andes mints
- Individually wrapped flavored gourmet chocolates
- Reese’s peanut butter cups
- Nestle Crunch bar
- Hershey’s Kiss
- White or dark chocolate bars
In addition or as an alternative to marshmallows, put these fillers in your S’more
- Thinly sliced peaches, banana, pineapple or strawberries
- Pecan halves
- A small scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream
- Brie cheese
- Left-over Easter Peeps
Instead of plain graham crackers, try
- Flavored graham crackers such as cinnamon or chocolate
- Ritz crackers
- Ginger snaps
- Thin mints
- Peanut butter cookies
- Fudge stripe cookies
- Pound cake
Instead of traditional S’mores
- Dip the toasted marshmallows in Bailey’s Irish Cream for the adults-only version.
- Make S’mores dip in a cast iron skillet. Then, put out a smorgasbord of dipping crackers and cookies. Put one cup of your favorite type of chocolate chips in a cast iron skillet, and top them with eight large marshmallows. Place your cast iron skillet on the fire, and heat until the chocolate chips have melted. Dig in!
Happy S’mores Day! Happy camping and don’t forget to share your own S’mores recipes in the comment section.