S'more

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S'more
Smores-Microwave.jpg
A s'more with a marshmallow that has been microwaved
Main ingredients Graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows
Cookbook: S'more  Media: S'more

A s'more (sometimes spelled smore) is a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a 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]

Etymology and origins[edit]

S'more appears to be a contraction of the phrase "some more". The first published recipe for a S'more is found in a book of recipes published by the Campfire Marshmallows company in the early 1920s [3] 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-Mores" was published in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.[4] Although the exact origin of the treat is unclear, reports about scouts from as early as 1925 describe them.[5] Merriam-Webster marks 1974 as the first use of S'more,[1] though recipes for "Some Mores" are in various Girl Scout publications until at least 1973. However, a 1956 recipe uses the exact name (S'Mores), and lists the ingredients as "a sandwich of two graham crackers, toasted marshmallow and 1/2 chocolate bar".[6] In 1968 Clarice Nelms provided the following recipe: 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".[7] Still earlier references exist, such as the camp recipes section in the 1963 "Outing Activities and Winter Sports Guide" stating "By now, readers who watch their weight are probably rising in protest since none of these recipes could conceivably be called low calorie. But after all, camping trips are supposed to be fun. Why not relax, enjoy yourself, and have s'more?"[8] and the 1958 publication "Intramural and recreational sports for high school and college" makes reference to Marshmallow toasts and S'more hikes[9] as does its related predecessor, the "Intramural and Recreational Sports for Men and Women" published in 1949.[10]

Variations[edit]

Hershey's S'mores inside
S'mores Pop-Tarts

Various confections containing graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow are often sold as some derivative of a s'more, but they are not necessarily heated or served in the same shape as the traditional s'more. The Hershey's S'mores bar is one example. Pop-Tarts also feature a s'mores variety.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "S'more - Definition". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  2. ^ "August, 2013 Holidays, Bizarre, Unique, Special Days". Holiday Insights. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  3. ^ Williams, Gladys (1920–1929). A Book of 150 Recipes Prepared with Campfire Marshmallows. Cambridge, Mass.: The Campfire Company. p. 21. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Schillinger, Liesl (20 July 2006). "Why I Hate S'mores". Slate.com. 
  5. ^ (9 September 1925). Patrol Leaders Have Outing, Norwalk Hour
  6. ^ Helen Eisenberg and Larry Eisenberg, The Omnibus of Fun, Association Press, 1956, page 116
  7. ^ Clarice Nelms, Developing Leadership in Recreation, page 97,Pacific Coast Publishers, 1968
  8. ^ American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Division for Girls and Women's Sports, 'Outing Activities and Winter Sports Guide', page 43, Sports library for girls and women, Division for Girls and Women's Sports, American Association for Health, 1963
  9. ^ Norma Leavitt, Hartley D. Price, 'Intramural and recreational sports for high school and college', page 151, Ronald Press Co., 1958
  10. ^ Norma Leavitt, Hartley D. Price, "Intramural and Recreational Sports for Men and Women", p 150, A. S. Barnes, 1949