Time for Some More…S’Mores, That Is!

School is officially out and the long dog days of summer are upon us, which means one thing: It’s time to pack up the car with your tent, sleeping bags and all of the other essential gear and take the family camping for the weekend! There’s nothing better than getting out of town and heading to your favorite camping spot for a little R&R and some quality time with Mother Nature — and your family too, of course!

One of my favorite things to do while camping is to sit around the campfire with family and friends. There’s something mesmerizing about watching the flickering light from the flames dance off the darkness of the trees towering above you. However, no campfire would be complete without making S’Mores! Kids and adults alike are guilty of loving the traditional warm, sweet, gooey, delicious treat. But, where exactly did S’Mores come from?

The origins of the S’More are shrouded in a little bit of mystery. Many theories exist about its creation, but no one is exactly sure who did it first. References to S’Mores-like treats emerge in the 1920s and it is believed that both Boy and Girl Scouts enjoyed the treat. However, the first written record of a recipe for S’Mores appears in a 1927 edition of Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts, where they were referred to as “Some Mores,” because the scouts kept asking for “some more”, and a woman named Loretta Scott Crew is given credit for the recipe. However, regardless of who gets the credit for creating the S’More, kids and adults today still love making them.

Traditionally, a S’More is made by roasting a marshmallow over the fire until it is golden brown and gooey. It is then sandwiched between two graham crackers and a piece of chocolate and squeezed together so that the heat melts the chocolate (without breaking the S’More apart, of course). You can also make S’Mores at home in the oven, in the microwave, or even with a S’Mores making kit. I researched it, and yes, S’Mores making kits actually exist.

Following are three must-make recipes. From the Classic S’More, to a S’More with a twist, and even a S’More inspired beverage, these recipes are perfect for celebrating summer.

Classic S’Mores

Serves 8

* 8 Sheets Honey Graham Crackers (such as Honey Maid Grahams)

* 1 Chocolate Bar (such as Hershey’s Chocolate)

* 8 Marshmallows (such as Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows)

Instructions (If you’re not doing this over your campfire):

Heat a grill to medium-low heat. Halve each graham cracker sheet into 2 squares. Place a graham cracker square on a piece of foil and top with a piece of chocolate. Place on the edge of grill and leave until chocolate is softened, about 30 seconds. Skewer a marshmallow on a long fork and hold about 2 inches above grill. Turn occasionally until marshmallow puffs and turns golden brown, about 1-2 minutes. Place the marshmallow on the graham cracker square with the chocolate using the plain graham cracker to guide it off the skewer. Give it a little squeeze, and enjoy.

 

S’Mores Nouveau

Serves 4

* 4 Plain Cake Doughnuts, halved horizontally

* 1 Chocolate Bar, broken into bite-sized pieces (such as Endangered Species Chocolate)

* 2 Cups Marshmallows (such as Dandie’s Marshmallows)

Instructions:

Preheat broiler. Place doughnut halves, cut-side up, on a baking sheet. Top half with a piece of chocolate. Top the other half with marshmallows. Broil until chocolate and marshmallows are melted, 2-3 minutes; checking periodically so nothing burns. Remove from oven and let stand 1 minute. Then, sandwich the chocolate and marshmallow halves together and enjoy.

 

S’Mores Milkshake

Serves 2

Ingredients

* 5 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream

* 3 Tbsp. Milk

* 1 Tbsp. Yogurt

* 6 Marshmallows

* Graham Cracker Crumbs, for Garnish

* Shaved Chocolate, for Garnish

Instructions:

Place the marshmallows on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place on lowest rack of oven, and broil marshmallows until nice and brown on top, between 30-60 seconds. Remove pan from oven and gently turn the marshmallows over, and broil until they are golden brown. (Keeping an eye on them so they don’t burn).

Combine the ice cream, milk, and yogurt in a blender; blend well. Add the marshmallows and blend until they are whipped up evenly.

Pour the shake into two glasses and top with graham cracker crumbs and shaved chocolate.

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