Today is August 10th, and that means it’s National S’mores Day, likely the most popular campfire treat of all time! Millions of people of all ages love this gooey, marshmallowy, chocolatey, toasted treat.
For those who have somehow not experienced the deliciousness of S’mores, it consists of a roasted marshmallow with a layer of chocolate bar sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker. However, it’s not just the ingredients that makes S’mores so awesome. There’s something naturally adventurous about spearing a marshmallow with a crooked stick and holding it over an open fire – and of course watching that puffy, sugary delight transform from pristine white, to crispy and golden, and then – either by choice or unintentionally, on fire – caramelized into charcoal black nuggets – then sandwiched amidst the layers of graham cracker and chocolate!
The origin of this tasty snack is credited to the entrepreneur Alec Barnum. However, the first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the 1927 publication of Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Even though the Girl Scouts were not the first ones to make s’mores, Girl Scout groups describe them in their reports as early as 1925. Earlier recipes used the name “Some Mores.” It is unclear when the word “S’mores” became the more common name.
S’mores Gelato Shake from D-Luxe Burger at Disney Springs
12 ounces vanilla gelato
1/2 ounce dark chocolate sauce
1 ounce toasted marshmallow syrup
1 tsp crushed graham crackers
Whipped cream, to garnish
Mini marshmallows, to garnish
Graham cracker, to garnish
Dark chocolate sauce, to garnish
Blend vanilla gelato, dark chocolate sauce, toasted marshmallow syrup, and crushed graham crackers until smooth. Serve in tall glass. Garnish with whipped cream, mini marshmallows, graham cracker, and a drizzle of dark chocolate sauce.
Today, many variations on the original s’mores find their way around a campfire.
Try spreading peanut butter on the graham crackers before adding the other ingredients. Or substitute peanut butter cups in place of the chocolate bar.
Another variation on the theme… substitute graham crackers with fudge-dipped cookies. Or, go totally rogue and add banana slices to the recipe and be proud that you live outside the box.
Of course, if you think s’mores are too messy for you but you love the flavor, add the s’more ingredients to delicious desserts. cakes, pies, dips, trifles also offer a terrific way to enjoy the taste of a s’more.
How many different ways can you make a s’more? Let us know on this post… and enjoy #NationalSmoresDay!