Let's take a look at a traditional American treat: the s'more! One of the truly classic American desserts, s'mores are the perfect snack for camping trips, summer camp, or at a gathering around a bonfire in a friend's backyard. The s'more is a dessert of the outdoors, often associated with camping because you typically use a campfire to make them.
While the origin of this popular American dessert is unknown, the first recorded version of the s'mores recipe can be found in the the Girl Scouts of America handbook, published in 1927. This recipe has been largely considered as the official introduction of the s'more into popular culture.
This sweet snack gets its name from a clever word combo: the words "some" and "more," are combined to form the contraction "s'more." And it certainly lives up to its name: you will always want some more of the delicious treat. S'mores are very popular in the U.S. and have even been transformed into other desserts, like s'mores cupcakes and s'mores-flavored ice cream. In fact, Americans love them so much, there's even a National S'mores Day each year on August 10!
So, you want to make a s'more?
You will need:
- Graham crackers
- Chocolate bars
- A bag (or two) of marshmallows
- A long stick (Roasting skewers, which you can find at most grocery stores, work very well)
Open the marshmallows, break the chocolate into square pieces, and get out the graham crackers. Place the marshmallow on the end of the stick and hold it over the campfire. Some people like them lightly toasted and golden-browned, but they are also good when they get burnt and crispy. If you do burn the outside and don't care for the charred marshmallow, you can remove the outer burnt edge once slightly cooled and put the rest of the marshmallow back over the fire for a lighter roasting.
Once your marshmallow has been properly roasted, sandwich it between two graham crackers – and don't forget the chocolate! The best kind of s'more will melt all together for you to enjoy.
Don't have access to a campfire? Not to worry; you can try this recipe for microwavable s'mores.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ani is a fan of exploring new places through photography and the local cuisine. After earning her BFA in photography from NYU and gaining communications experience at International Planned Parenthood Federation, she joined InterExchange in 2012, and worked as the Marketing Producer until 2016.