National S'mores Day

Who doesn’t love S’mores? National S’mores Day is the perfect excuse to sit around a campfire and indulge in one of the summer’s traditional treats!

The recipe for this iconic campfire treat first came to light in a 1927 publication, “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts,” originally titled “Some Mores.” The ingredients, graham crackers, chocolate, and toasted marshmallow remained the same through the years, but the name eventually evolved into “S’mores.”

National S'mores DayFor some reason, the combination of flavors and textures just works and makes appearances in everything from sandwich cookies, ice cream shops, craft donuts, and even dessert martinis and shots.

There are few joys greater than selecting the perfect stick, not too thin or thick, skewering a pillowy marshmallow, and roasting it over the open flame. And there’s no wrong way to do it: from light golden brown to charred with a melty center, any warm marshmallow will do the trick in assembling this classic dessert.

Traditional methods call for graham crackers, broken in half. Place a square of milk chocolate on one, sandwich both crackers around the toasted marshmallow, and slide it off the stick into a perfect combination of flavors. The chocolate will melt a little from the heat of the marshmallow and you can sink your teeth into the glory that is a s’more.

National S'mores DayS’mores have come a long way in recent years. While nothing can take the place of a classic, there are plenty of other combinations of ingredients that are just as delicious and fun!

Instead of graham crackers, consider using an ice cream cone, filled with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows, wrapped in foil and warmed in the campfire. It’s still a handheld but just a tiny bit less messy to cook.

You can trade out the plain milk chocolate for any kind of candy you prefer. Peanut butter cups are a favorite around here: melty peanut butter and chocolate is simply divine.

Have younger kids who you want to keep away from fire or need an easy-to-make snack? Marshmallow fluff and Nutella or chocolate spread are a great substitute. This no-cook version is fabulous for picnics, beach days, and classroom settings.

What are your favorite s’more ingredients? Do you prefer your marshmallows lightly toasted or burned to a crisp?

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Jennifer was born and raised in New Jersey, moving to the Sunshine State to attend Miami (Go Canes!). After graduation, she began a decade-long career in Sports & Event Management in South Florida, but moved to St. Augustine to become a SAHM when she and her husband, Keith, were expecting their son. She and Keith are enjoying the crazy and rewarding adventure of parenthood with their middle-school-aged son, a grumble of pugs and a hedgehog. Jennifer holds leadership roles with both the PTA and BSA and believes in the power of community involvement and volunteerism. The family can be found traveling (both locally and worldwide), trying new restaurants, and toeing the start line of road races, near and far. Jennifer owns the blog Runs With Pugs and is a freelance writer and social media consultant.