Happy National S’mores Day! That’s right! August 10 is a designated “official” day to indulge in one of America’s favorite treats. If you have never made s’mores before or you just haven’t had time this summer, gather up some chocolate bars, marshmallows and graham crackers and let us introduce you to what is often called, a “delightful, gooey, chocolate piece of heaven.”
The s’mores recipe has been around awhile. Some believe that early on, the recipe grew in popularity by being passed down from one camper to another. In fact, the name “s’more” is thought to have been started by someone shouting, “Gimme some more!” while sitting around a campfire.
The first recipe published for s’mores was in the 1920’s by the Girl Scouts (see original recipe below). The Girl Scouts are widely viewed as the creator of the s’more. However, it’s Alec Barnum, an entrepreneur, who actually gets the credit for being the inventor of this tasty snack.
Hot S’mores Are Coming
Traditionally, the most popular way to make s’mores has been over a campfire, but there are many other ways to roast marshmallows and melt chocolate. Nowadays, people use a fire pit to make s’mores, which is pretty convenient to have it right in your own backyard. If you can’t make a campfire or you don’t have a fire pit, no problem! You can make s’mores on a grill, or if you’re indoors, in the oven or the microwave.
Here are the top three ways that are most popular to make s’mores:
At a Campfire (the easiest way)
- Push the marshmallow on a long stick and turn constantly over an open fire. Take heated marshmallow and put between 2 graham crackers and a piece of chocolate.
At Home- In the Oven
- You can make s’mores by baking or broiling.
- *If you decide to bake your marshmallows, preheat oven to 400 degrees
- *If you choose to broil your marshmallows, set the oven to broil and let it heat up
- Take out your baking sheet and line it with foil. Break your graham cracker in half and place it on a baking sheet.
- Place a marshmallow on one of the graham crackers and place a piece of chocolate on the other half.
- *If you’re baking, heat your marshmallows for three to five minutes
- *If you’re broiling, it could take between a few seconds to a minute
- Take the baking sheet out of the oven, flip the marshmallow on the graham cracker over onto the piece of chocolate and gently press down.
At Home- in the Microwave
- Break graham cracker in half. Place on top of a paper towel. Place a piece of chocolate on the graham cracker and a marshmallow on top of the chocolate.
- Microwave for 10-12 seconds. Once the marshmallow begins to expand, it will be soft and gooey inside.
- Take it out of the microwave and smoosh between the two graham crackers
While making s’mores is a lot of fun, that isn’t the only benefit of making them. It’s the friendship and connection you feel with others as you all enjoy the same activity. Whether you’re making s’mores inside or outside, enjoy the time spent with friends or family and create some of your own special s’mores recipes.