I’m planning to occasionally post about certain regional/country-specific foods, and what better way to start than writing about “s’mores”! And, with today August 10th being National S’mores Day in the US, this is all the more reason to write about s’mores today.
Those who have grown up in the US will undoubtedly be familiar with s’mores, usually having had their first s’more sometime in childhood around a campfire. And it is so tasty, that you’ll always be asking for some more, which is exactly where the name comes from! (“s’more” being a shortened form of “some more”)
For those not familiar with s’mores, here is some background. It is said to have originated in the 1920s as a snack to make around campfires. No one is 100% sure who first had the idea, but it is usually associated with one of three initial sources: the Campfire Girls, the Girl Scouts, or Alec Barnum (writer who mentioned s’mores in one of his books).
The recipe is quite simple. You only need three ingredients: chocolate (preferably Hershey’s), marshmallows, and graham crackers (if not available, then possible substitutes are Chips Ahoy cookies or digestive biscuits). Here are the steps:
- Take one ‘square’ of a graham cracker (i.e., breaking it in half along the ‘perforation’)
- Place a piece (or pieces if needed) of chocolate on the graham cracker
- Roast a marshmallow in the campfire (or over any flame) until it starts turning brown (it’s even OK if it starts to burn)
- Now these next two steps are the most important and need to be done together fairly quickly. First place the roasted marshmallow on the chocolate…
- …and then immediately take another graham cracker and place it on top of the marshmallow, and squeeze the entire s’more gently. The purpose is to have the heat from the marshmallow melt the chocolate slightly.
- Take a bite – and enjoy!
The word “s’more” has become so well accepted, that it now even appears in the dictionary! (see http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/s’more).
While s’mores are still primarily eaten in the US, I’m guessing that there are people outside the US who also occasionally snack on a s’more. Thus, I’d suggest that the name of this day be changed to “International S’mores Day” or “World S’mores Day”…
In summary, if you have never had a s’more before, then today is the perfect day to try your first s’more. And, if you have had s’mores before, then today is definitely a great day to make and enjoy (and share) some s’mores.
I’ll close with some pictures of s’mores – enjoy your s’mores today!