S’mores have captured the hearts and taste buds of many over the decades, evoking a sense of indulgence, gooeyness, and nostalgia. Imagine the crackling campfire, dancing flames, and the aroma of toasted marshmallows. Sandwiched between graham crackers, a delectable square of chocolate completes this heavenly treat.
The origins of s’mores can be traced back to the early 20th century. The treat was initially referred to as “Some Mores” in the 1927 publication “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.” Over time, this toasty snack gained popularity as a favorite for campfire gatherings and outdoor adventures.
The Girl Scouts played a significant role in popularizing s’mores by including the treat in their official handbook during the 1930s. Since then, they have become a beloved choice for people across different cultures.
Crafting the perfect s’more requires attention to its core components. Let’s take a closer look at each ingredient:
- Graham Crackers: These mildly sweet, whole-wheat crackers, named after Sylvester Graham, provide a sturdy base. Their slightly coarse texture adds a delightful crunch that beautifully contrasts with the softness of the marshmallow.
- Marshmallows: These fluffy confections, typically made by whipping sugar, gelatin, and flavorings, turn into golden, gooey delights when toasted over an open fire.
- Chocolate: Placed between the toasted marshmallow and graham crackers, chocolate adds a creamy, velvety layer of decadence. While milk chocolate is the classic choice, variations can include dark or white chocolate, or even flavored options, to introduce unique twists.
Alternative s’mores ingredients
This treat has inspired creative versions that offer delightful departures from the traditional recipe. Here are various alternatives that can be used for each of the main ingredients.
graham cracker alternatives
- coconut macaroons
- Biscoff cookies
- oatmeal cookies
- shortbread cookies
- marshmallow fluff
- nougat candies
- fresh fruits/fruit spreads/jams
- soft cheeses (e.g. cream cheese, brie, etc.)
Although not technically an ingredient, campfires are certainly a traditional part of making s’mores. Since making a campfire isn’t always convenient or even possible, here are some other heat sources you can use to make this lip-smacking snack:
- table top fire
Just remember to always have responsible adult supervision. 🙂
There are many variations for this snack including
Discover intriguing and entertaining facts about s’mores:
- August 10th is celebrated as National S’mores Day in the U.S., providing an occasion to enjoy this classic treat with friends and family around a crackling fire.
- The largest s’more ever created weighed a staggering 1,600 pounds and was crafted in 2019 at Deer Creek State Park in Ohio.
- S’mores have inspired various culinary interpretations, appearing in ice creams, cakes, cocktails, and more.
How to make s’mores
Chances are, you have a good idea of how to make s’mores. But just in case you need a refresher, or grew up in a culture that deprived you of this traditional American snack, here’s a simple recipe to follow.
- Graham crackers
- Chocolate bars (milk chocolate is traditional, but you can use your preferred type of chocolate)
- Prepare a campfire, fire pit, or preheat your oven's broiler.
- Break the graham crackers in half to form individual squares.
- Break the chocolate bars into squares so they fit onto the graham crackers.
- Take a marshmallow and carefully skewer it with a long roasting stick or skewer.
- Hold the marshmallow over the fire, rotating it slowly, until it turns golden brown and becomes soft and gooey on the inside. Be careful not to burn it.
- Once the marshmallow is toasted to your liking, remove it from the fire and place it on one of the graham cracker squares.
- Immediately place a piece of chocolate on top of the hot marshmallow.
- Take another graham cracker square and press it down onto the chocolate, creating a sandwich with the toasted marshmallow in the center.
- Gently press the sandwich together to allow the melted chocolate to spread.
- Allow to cool slightly and enjoy!
If you don't have access to a fire or prefer an indoor method, you can assemble the s'more using pre-toasted marshmallows and heat the assembled s'mores in the microwave for 10-20 seconds or until the chocolate begins to melt.
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While traditionally enjoyed in outdoor settings, creative home cooks have found ways to replicate the flavors of s’mores in various recipes. These adaptations allow people to enjoy the flavors of this classic treat year-round, regardless of their access to a campfire or outdoor setting.
Ultimately, the allure of this roasted snack lies in the delightful contrast of textures and flavors: the crispness of the graham cracker, the gooeyness of the marshmallow, and the creaminess of the melted chocolate. It’s a timeless treat that continues to bring smiles to the faces of those who savor its deliciousness.
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Kristina Reynolds is the Founder & CEO of Glutto and an alumna of the University of California, San Diego. She writes articles & posts for Glutto Digest with insights from fellow industry experts. Furthermore, she is the author of The Fittest Food Lovers: How EVERY BODY Can be Incredibly Fit and Still Enjoy Food, a collaborative philanthropic book with proceeds going to charities that fight world hunger.