|Main ingredients||Graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows|
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A s'more is a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States, consisting of a fire-roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker. National S'mores Day is celebrated annually on August 10. The Guinness World Record for number of people making s'mores at one time was 423, set April 21, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California.
Etymology and origins
S'more is a contraction of the phrase "some more". One early published recipe for a s'more is found in a book of recipes published by the Campfire Marshmallows company in the 1920s where it was called a "Graham Cracker Sandwich." The text indicates that the treat was already popular with both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. In 1927, a recipe for "Some More" was published in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. The contracted term "s'more" appears in conjunction with the recipe in a 1938 publication aimed at summer camps. A 1956 recipe uses the name "S'Mores," and lists the ingredients as "a sandwich of two graham crackers, toasted marshmallow and 1/2 chocolate bar". A 1957 Betty Crocker cookbook contains a similar recipe under the name of "s'mores." The 1958 publication "Intramural and Recreational Sports for High School and College" makes reference to "marshmallow toasts" and "s'more hikes" as does its related predecessor, the "Intramural and Recreational Sports for Men and Women" published in 1949, as the s'more is a great before and after exercise snack. In the 1993 movie, The Sandlot, Hamilton 'Ham' Porter explains to Scotty 'Smalls' Smalls how to make a s'more out of grahams, mallows, and chocolates.
Various confections containing graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow are often sold as some derivative of a s'more, but they are not necessarily heated or served in the same shape as the traditional s'more. The Hershey's S'mores bar is one example. Pop-Tarts also feature a s'mores variety.
Hershey's S'mores inside
S'mores cronut from the Donut Pub
S'mores are most typically cooked over a campfire by first roasting the marshmallow over the flame until it is golden brown. The marshmallow is then added on top of half of a graham cracker and a piece of chocolate. The second half of the cracker is then added on top.
S'mores can also be made at home in the oven, in the microwave or by using a s'mores making kit. S'mores making kits such as Sterno's Family Fun S'mores Maker allow s'mores to be made anywhere over a portable flame.
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