On August 10, people sitting around campfires everywhere will celebrate National S’mores Day. Personally, I don’t need a special day to enjoy my favorite campfire snack, but I’ll gladly use the excuse to grab a stick and roast a marshmallow in celebration. And you should too!
In case you don’t know, a s’more (from “some more”) is a roasted marshmallow squished between two graham crackers with a layer of chocolate. How roasted the marshmallow and how much chocolate is a matter of personal preference and much campfire debate. But no camping trip or backyard bonfire is complete without these tasty treats.
Dating back almost a century, the first published record of a s’more recipe is in a 1927 Girl Scout book, Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. It’s likely s’mores had been popular with both Boy and Girl Scouts for years by then, and it wasn’t long before s’mores became a traditional outdoor snack for kids and adults alike.
Today there are as many variations and additions to the original basic recipe as there are foods you can think of. I’ve seen bacon, fruit, caramel, cheese, peanut butter, jelly, spices, and mint patties added to s’mores in various combinations. You can also take the basic graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows and combine them into just about any dessert — pie, ice cream, bark, fudge, martinis — the possibilities are endless!
Variations on a S’more
There are still quite a few weeks of summer left, which means plenty of time to try one of these unique recipes:
The Elvis – it’s rumored The King liked his s’mores with banana, bacon, and peanut butter in addition to the chocolate and toasted marshmallow
Spicy – make a traditional s’more and add cayenne or other spicy pepper. Even better with dark chocolate.
Salted Caramel – substitute a Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel square for the plain ol’ chocolate bar
Reese’s S’more – substitute a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup for the chocolate
Cheese – add a slice of sharp white cheddar or a wedge of soft brie for sophisticated flavor
Other Ways to Eat S’Mores
Campfires and s’mores go hand-in-hand, but there are endless ways to enjoy one of summer’s favorite treats. Get the s’more flavor you crave with these alternate options:
S’mores on a Stick
All s’mores are made on a stick really, but this one is good when you don’t have a fire to do the roasting. They’re also less messy and can be enjoyed in one bite. Dip as much or as little of the marshmallows in melted chocolate as you like and roll in crushed graham crackers. Perfect bite-sized s’smores!
Sweet and salty? Yes please! Make a about 8 cups of salted popcorn. Combine the popcorn with 4 cups of Golden Grahams cereal and spread it out on a baking tray or two. Melt 1 cup of chocolate chips with a quarter cup of butter in a saucepan until smooth. Drizzle it over the popcorn and grahams. Sprinkle about half a bag of mini marshmallows over everything and mix well. The marshmallows will get a little melty from the chocolate. If you would like them to melt completely, you can add them to the saucepan with the chocolate and butter. Store in an airtight container when the chocolate has cooled.
A great way to enjoy a s’more year-round! Two parts Irish cream, one part marshmallow vodka, one part chocolate liqueur, and one part heavy cream, half and half, or just plain milk. Get extra fancy by garnishing your glass with melted chocolate and crushed graham crackers. Cheers!
What will be on your s’more this National S’mores Day? Let us know in the comments!