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National S’mores Day and the history of s’mores

peep s’more, smallAugust 10th (today!) is National S’mores Day. I’m still not entirely sure who comes up with these days, but I will say that this is one I am more than happy to celebrate. With crispy graham crackers, gooey marshmallows and melty chocolate, what is there not to love about a s’more?

S’mores originated around the turn of the 20th century, right arond the time that commercial marshmallows were becoming widespread. People were looking for things to do with them (aside from eating them straight out the package) and, at some point, someone came up with the s’more.

The treat is not attributed to any one person. It is generally assumed that the s’more was invented by campers or vacationers, then passed from person to person by word of mouth (and perhaps sharing the actual treats) at campsites. The traditional way of making a s’more is to toast a marshmallow over a camp fire, then sandwich it between two graham crackers with a piece of chocolate. The first official recipe for s’mores was published in the 1927 Girl Scout Handbook, which launched the treat into pop culture history.

If you don’t have a campfire handy, you can make s’mores by (a) microwaving the marshmallow-chocolate-graham combination or (b) broiling a graham-chocolate-marshmallow stack and topping it with another graham before eating. I’ve also known people with gas stoves to toast their marshmallows over those flames.

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  • Lydia
    August 10, 2007

    We had a big cookout planned to celebrate National S’mores Day tonight — but it’s raining like crazy here in Rhode Island. No campfire, no s’mores (I don’t believe in “indoor s’mores”….) this year. Will celebrate next August 10.

  • Laura Rebecca
    August 10, 2007

    Thanks for the link — and letting us know about National S’mores Day! We’ll have to celebrate tonight.

  • Christina
    August 10, 2007

    I know what my snack will be this afternoon!

  • ann
    August 11, 2007

    Hey I was looking for apple cobblers and came across your site. Or at least the other one. http://www.xanga.com/lilredandmrhood
    is where you will find another cobbler maker who almost met Martha Stewart.!!!(0: That would be me!!!

  • Kaylynn
    April 29, 2010

    OMG I didn’t know that there was a National S’Mores Day!!

  • skiler
    December 3, 2012

    I think we should be off of school on August 10th!

  • Patricia Lynd
    September 24, 2016

    I was introduced to smores in the late 1930s
    at Camp Fire Girls camp in the hills of California.
    They were and are the best ever. We were still
    enjoying them through summer of 2015.
    The structure was different then. We used one
    graham cracker square, one Hershey square, one
    roasted campfire (the best)marshmallow, another Hershey square and then a graham
    cracker square. A balanced beauty and sim
    ply delicious. It was then and it is now.

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