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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 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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