Who started National Smores Day? No one knows for sure, except that it's smack in the middle of the summer vacation and camping season and so....why not?
This year, National Smores Day is observed on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 -- with a reason to start out the week with smores around the campfire, over the backyard grill, or even in the microwave!
Could there be any better way to celebrate summer? Take a crunchy graham cracker, stuff it with sweet chocolate and chewy melted marshmallow -- and smores become a simple work of culinary genius that has been delighting kids of all ages for over 80 years.
Usually credited to Girl Scout Loretta Scott Crew, her award-winning recipe entitled "Some Mores" first earned a place of honor in the 1927 Girl Scout handbook. Later known as s'mores -- and shortened further to "smores" -- the recipe endures as a sweet way to end the day outdoors.
How to make smores
Usually listed as one of the top favorite campfire recipes smores are best prepared as the camp fire flames lower and the embers begin to glow:
1 large marshmallow
1 graham cracker
1 chocolate candy bar
Place marshmallow on a stick. Heat the marshmallow over hot embers until it begins to melt. Break the graham cracker in half. Place the hot marshmallow and a piece of chocolate on one half of the graham cracker. Top with the second piece of graham cracker to form a sandwich. Let the marshmallow cool a bit before serving.
NOTE: For a quick treat, smores can also be made by popping them in the microwave for 15 seconds. They aren't as good as campfire smores, but they're great as a rainy day activity for kids and takes much less time and effort than warming them over a fire.
Smores fun facts
S'Mores Cereal? No thanks.
• Of the 90 million pounds of marshmallows American buy every year, 50 percent of those are toasted over the fire during the summer. And that's a lot of marshmallows.
• It wouldn't be smores without graham crackers, and it was Reverend Sylvester Graham, (a minister who
believed strongly in avoiding processed wheat), who invented the sweet whole wheat cracker named for him in 1829.
• Smores has inspired major American food manufacturers to make S'mores Grahams children's cereal as well as the Hershey's S'mores candy bar -- both of which were short-lived. (Really. Who wants to buy smores when making them is half the fun?)