Graham crackers, melted chocolate and sticky toasted marshmallows, all in one little sandwich—if that doesn’t get you licking your chops, what does? S’mores are the one of the most popular North American desserts and practically the quintessential campfire treat. Never tried them? Then S’mores Day is the day for you! And even if you have tried them, there is no reason to pass up the opportunity to enjoy them again!
The History of S’mores Day
S’more is the contraction of the phrase “some more”, which is not strange considering how tasty they are. The first S’more recipe can be found in a book of recipes published by the Campfire Marshmallows company in the early 1920s, which also tells us that the treat had already been popular with both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for some time. In 1968 the following recipe was provided: place a square of milk chocolate on a graham cracker, toast a marshmallow and put on top of the chocolate, then a second graham cracker on top of the toasted marshmallow and squeeze and you will want “s’more”. In answer to accusations that s’mores are extremely high in sugar and fat and are not particularly healthy for children or adults, the Outing Activities and Winter Sports Guide stated simply: “Camping trips are supposed to be fun. Why not relax, enjoy yourself, and have s’more?”
S’mores Day was created several years ago to celebrate this gooey delight, and is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.
How to Celebrate S’mores Day
What could be a better way to celebrate S’mores Day than enjoying this sweet treat? As always, it’s better to make your own, and S’mores are incredibly simple to make. Of course it would be best to make them around a campfire in the woods while telling ghost stories like the treat’s creators did almost 100 years ago, so if you’re planning a camping trip in the near future, maybe leave making s’mores for then. If you’re not going to be camping anytime soon, however, there’s no reason you shouldn’t make some s’mores in the comfort of your own home. You could even roast the marshmallows over the flames of your gas stove or a candle, if all else fails and you want fire-roasted marshmallows!
32 miniature graham crackers or 8 regular size graham crackers, broken in 1/2
2 milk chocolate bars, the kind that can be broken into squares
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lay 1/2 of the graham crackers on a cookie sheet. Top with chocolate pieces to cover. Use kitchen scissors to snip the marshmallows in 1/2 horizontally if using miniature crackers and place 1/2 a marshmallow on top of each graham cracker. If using regular size crackers use a whole marshmallow. Bake until the marshmallows are puffed and golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the remaining graham crackers, pressing down slightly to make a sandwich. Serve immediately, while still warm.
If you’re making your s’mores by a real campfire, you can roast the marshmallows of the flames first and then put them on the crackers, add a piece of chocolate and top with another cracker. It’s important to use chocolate that melts well from the heat of the marshmallow, so a milk chocolate is likely to be the best choice thanks to its high cocoa butter content.
So enjoy and have s’more!