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An open-faced s'more made with graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate
Main ingredients Graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows
Cookbook: S'more  Media: S'more

A s'more is a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a fire-roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker.[1] National S'mores Day is celebrated annually on August 10.[2] The Guinness World Record for number of people making s'mores at one time was 423, set April 21, 2016, in Huntington Beach, California.[3]

Etymology and origins[edit]

S'more is a contraction of the phrase "some more". One early published recipe for a s'more is found in a book of recipes published by the Campfire Smores company in the 1920s [4] where it was called a "Graham Cracker Sandwich". The text indicates that the treat was already popular with both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. In 1927, a recipe for "Some More" was published in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.[5]

The contracted term "s'mores" appears in conjunction with the recipe in a 1938 publication aimed at summer camps.[4] A 1956 recipe uses the name "S'Mores", and lists the ingredients as "a sandwich of two graham crackers, toasted marshmallow and ​12 chocolate bar". A 1957 Betty Crocker cookbook contains a similar recipe under the name of "s'mores".[6]

The 1958 publication Intramural and Recreational Sports for High School and College makes reference to "marshmallow toasts" and "s'mores hikes"[7] as does its related predecessor, the "Intramural and Recreational Sports for Men and Women" published in 1949.[8]


S'mores are traditionally cooked using a campfire, though they can also be made at home in an oven, in a microwave or with a s'mores-making kit. A marshmallow, usually held by a metal or wooden skewer, is heated over the fire until it is golden brown. The warm marshmallow is then added on top of half of a graham cracker and a piece of chocolate. The second half of the cracker is then added on top.[9]


Various confections containing graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow are often sold as some derivative of a s'mores, but they are not necessarily heated or served in the same shape as the traditional s'mores. The Hershey's S'mores bar is one example. Pop-Tarts also feature a s'mores variety. S'mores can be eaten during Passover if made with Kosher for Passover marshmallows, chocolate and matzo.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "S'more - Definition". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  2. ^ "August, 2013 Holidays, Bizarre, Unique, Special Days". Holiday Insights. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  3. ^ Connelly, Laylan (April 28, 2016). "One Sweet Victory". Huntington Beach Wave. p. 1. 
  4. ^ a b Gibson, William Henry (1938). Recreational Programs for Summer Camps. Greenberg. p. 17. 
  5. ^ Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts. 1927. p. 71. 
  6. ^ Crocker, Betty (1957). Betty Crocker's Cook Book for Boys and Girls. New York: Golden Press. p. 72. 
  7. ^ Norma Leavitt, Hartley D. Price, Intramural and recreational sports for high school and college, p. 151, Ronald Press Co., 1958
  8. ^ Norma Leavitt, Hartley D. Price, Intramural and Recreational Sports for Men and Women, p. 150, A.S. Barnes, 1949.
  9. ^ "Smores Recipe - How To Make Smores". 
  10. ^ "Passover S'Mores Recipe". SeriousEats.com. Retrieved 29 June 2018.