S'more

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S'more
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A s'more is a marshmallow and piece of chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers.
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, 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 Marshmallows 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'more" 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 1/2 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'more hikes"[7] as does its related predecessor, the "Intramural and Recreational Sports for Men and Women" published in 1949,[8] as the s'more is a great before and after exercise snack. In the 1993 movie, The Sandlot, Hamilton 'Ham' Porter explains to Scotty 'Smalls' Smalls how to make a s'more out of grahams, mallows, and chocolates.[9][10]

Variations[edit]

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.

Preparation[edit]

S'mores are most typically cooked over a campfire by first roasting the marshmallow over the flame until it is golden brown. The 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.[11]

S'mores can also be made at home in the oven, in the microwave or by using a s'mores making kit. S'mores making kits such as Sterno's Family Fun S'mores Maker allow s'mores to be made anywhere over a portable flame.[12]

See also[edit]

References[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', page 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. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlddDZkkxCc
  10. ^ http://uproxx.com/life/sandlot-smores-scene/
  11. ^ "Smores Recipe - How To Make Smores". 
  12. ^ "Sterno 70228 Family Fun S'mores Maker, Red".