It’s National S’Mores Day! Whether you enjoy the classic campfire-side preparation or get creative with a tasty recipe variation, there’s a gooey-sweet snack inspiration for every foodie to enjoy. Today, we’ll look closer at s’mores and their strange-but-true product spin-offs.
What’s the history of the s’more?
Since the Girl Scouts popularized S’mores long ago (the first published recipe is in their 1927 handbook), it has been a happy tradition around the campfire: a stick, two toasted marshmallows, a square of chocolate and two graham crackers get you a delicious chocolate marshmallow sandwich. The heat of the toasted marshmallow melts the chocolate a bit, and the melted quality is oh so much tastier than the ingredients in their natural state. The name of the sweet sandwich snack comes from its addictive quality: you have no choice but to ask for “some more.”
When you need some more s’mores in your life…
Can’t get enough s’mores in your snack schedule? You’re not alone! The popularity of the chocolate-marshmallow-graham cracker flavor combination has spawned all sorts of inventive s’more-flavored delights. See this list of items like Klondike bars, English muffins, and ice cream confections, as well as this list of treats like s’more Pop-Tarts and Oreos. If you’re looking for a more grown-up way to enjoy the s’mores experience, Three Olives even created a s’mores flavored vodka for your classy camping-trip cocktail hour!
And, of course, for something a little weird…
This Foodie Friday’s “something weird” is really more charming and endearing than weird: The s’more scene from The Sandlot. The favorite 1993 movie just celebrated its 25th anniversary, and it’ll have folks nostalgic for the summer fun of pick-up baseball, swimming pool days, and treehouse s’mores with a side of scary stories. Check out this story about the recent cast reunion, and the s’more explanation video below that features the often-quoted line, “You’re killing me, Smalls!”