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It's Foodie Friday! And I Want S'Mores!




Friday, September 17, 2010
It might be a silly/weird thing to think about, but I was wondering this morning (as I obssessively thought about camp) if everyone in the world knows what s'mores are and/or has been lucky enough to eat this tasty (and messy) traditional campfire dessert.  So you know I had to research it, right? ...and it appears that s'mores (think "some more") - made up of a hot fire-toasted marshmallow and chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers - are popular in both the United States and Canada. 
The first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the Girl Scout publication/handbook "Tramping and Trailing with the Girls Scouts" of 1927 although no one really knows who actually created this yummy campfire tradition.  (Whispering:  My vote goes to the Girls Scouts although KitchenDaily.com says that "the s'more apparently evolved more organically from Victorian sandwich cookies, in which jam or cream was slathered between split halves of a tea biscuit. When marshmallows became widely available in the early 1900s -- thanks to the innovative 'starch mogul' method of mass production -- cooks seized upon the flavor as a new filling. Marshmallows were a pantry fixture by 1910, when employees at Earl Mitchell's Chattanooga Bakery reportedly starting dipping graham crackers in marshmallow and coating them in chocolate, thereby originating the inside-out s'more better known as a Moonpie."  See image below left.)
And so one bit of research led to another and it appears that there is actually a National S'Mores Day on August 10 (giggling) and a National Toasted Marsh-mallows Day on August 30.  Well, somebody light my fire!  Who knew?!?!?  Have you ever had s'mores?


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