One of the best parts about summer is having bonfires. After the sun has set, everyone sits around the burning logs to tell ghost stories or catch up on all the summer’s events. But the best part of bonfires, by far, is the s’mores. Those gooey, sticky treats only require three ingredients — graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. They are a quick and easy snack or dessert that always leave you wanting some more.
It is believed that s’mores have been around for a very long time, but according to Hershey’s, they weren’t officially documented until the Girl Scouts published the recipe in 1927. Since then, the recipe has been passed down from Girl Scouts and campers, and has become one of the most popular summertime desserts.
This year, August brings us two reasons to celebrate and enjoy this marshmallow dessert: Aug. 10 is National S’mores Day, and Aug. 30 is National Toasting Marshmallows Day. The best way to celebrate is getting together with some friends, making a bonfire and roasting your marshmallows until they are perfectly golden—or perfectly burned if you like them that way. Then you can add the graham crackers and chocolate and try to eat your treat without getting marshmallow all over your face. Good luck!
Adding these extra ingredients is a way to make each s’more unique. Junior nursing student Kelly Kambeitz explained her favorite way to make a s’more.
“So I have a graham cracker, three pieces of chocolate, and then I catch the marshmallow on fire twice. If it’s a good day, I’ll put a Reese’s peanut butter cup on it,” she said.
Madison McLean, a student at Michigan State University studying kinesiology, prefers the original to anything fancy. “I like just the classic s’more, I’ll be honest,” she said. Sometimes the original is the best and there’s no reason to mess with perfection.
If you’re looking for a fun, new way to try a s’more, check out these creative ideas.
Candied Bacon S’more
Add some candied bacon to your s’more to give it a sweet and salty taste. To make the candied bacon, coat the strips of bacon in brown sugar and bake them on a foil wrapped baking sheet for 15 to 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
Salted Caramel S’more
Instead of using chocolate for your s’more, use caramel and then sprinkle it with just a little bit of sea salt.
Add any kind of fruit to your s’more. Cut up your fruit of choice into thin pieces and lay them on your s’more on top of the chocolate.
Rice Krispie Treat S’more
Use Rice Krispie treats instead of graham crackers for your s’more. You can buy some at the store or make your own. Try doing an open-faced s’more for this one to avoid having your marshmallow ooze everywhere when you try to eat it.
Any Kind of Candy S’more
You could use any kind of candy bar in place of the chocolate in your s’more. Cut the candy bar in half so it isn’t too thick and place it between the graham cracker and marshmallow just like you would with a regular chocolate bar.
In the Kitchen S’more
If you can’t get outside to have a bonfire, but you’re craving the gooey deliciousness of a s’more, here’s a simple recipe to make s’mores right in your kitchen. You need the regular ingredients — marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate. Set graham cracker halves and chocolate on a baking sheet and place a marshmallow on top of each. Don’t put a graham cracker on top just yet. Bake them in the oven at 400 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes, until the marshmallows are golden brown and the chocolate has melted. Remove the s’mores from the oven and put the other graham cracker half on top. And voila! You’ve got a s’more! But be careful—they’re messy!
Whether you want to put as much chocolate in your s’more as possible or be a little healthier by adding fruit, your s’more will be delicious. With the summer winding down, make sure to finish it off the right way by celebrating the season of s’mores. So grab some friends, light a bonfire — or preheat the oven — and get toasting.
Rachael Farwell is a junior studying professional writing with a specialization in editing and publishing. She hopes to one day work as an editor in New York City while living in a shoebox apartment. In her free time, she loves reading, writing, and cuddling with her fat cat.
Tags: September 2016