TOMORROW, AUGUST 10 2019, IS NATIONAL S'MORES DAY!!! WHAT CONJURES UP MEMORIES OF VACATION CAMPING more than the idea of making and eating s’mores? Maybe roasting hot dogs over an open fire or grill?
The simple traditional recipe is provided with instructions (at the very end of a long post with many images) from ourpotluckfamily.com.
If help is needed perfecting a campfire s’mores-making technique, check out this 2015 editorial from SheKnows.com.
Not on vacation? Depending on how and where you plan to spend Saturday, whether or not on vacation, there are recipes to accommodate non-traditional situations in a piece on CountryLiving.com, “35 S’mores Dessert recipes for the Sweetest Summer Ever.”
I especially would like to try the S’mores Cookie Cups (#3), S’mores Rice Krispies Treats (#10), S'mores Brownie Cupcakes (#8), S'mores Nachos (#12), S'mores Squares (#25), and S'mores Bars (#34). If walking, running, hiking, swimming, biking, or other fun early morning exercise is on the schedule Saturday, the S’more Stuffed French Toast (#25) could be a perfect post-effort breakfast splurge!
To impress family or friends with offhand knowledge of the history of this campfire staple, check out a 2015 story in nationalgeographic.com. It says the s’more has a “long yet vague history” that “dates back at least to 1927 when a recipe for the more formally designated ‘some mores’ appeared in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.”
The article goes way back, delving into the invention of marshmallows from a swamp plant root that produced a sticky white sap. According to a quoted reference the candied root was cut into chunks that served as early cough drops in the Middle Ages. After learning more It seems the French can be thanked for the beginnings of the modern marshmallow.
Gather all the modern ingredients today, and enjoy a s’more or s’more-dessert-variation…vacation is the perfect opportunity.
RUN & MOVE & VACATION HAPPY!
NOTE: To make a great campfire s’more, the chocolate must melt. Sometimes the heat of a toasted marshmallow is not sufficient to melt the chocolate pieces. Because of this, we now wrap our graham cracker + chocolate piece + marshmallow 'sandwiches' in aluminum foil and put it on the grill or in the oven to heat briefly to obtain the best outcome.
It has mostly seemed to be a matter of temperature, but over the past few years, I think it has become a matter of ingredients. The Hershey’s brand milk chocolate bar we traditionally used appeared to be thinner, yet getting more brittle and ‘un-meltable’, causing us to switch to Hershey’s brand ‘Kisses’ in our s’mores.
Even they seem not to melt as easily. The mouth-feel and taste of the bars'/kisses suggests the amount of paraffin wax may have increased. Some internet gossips/bloggers on the topic agree, and one person’s attempt to obtain information from the company was not helpful. Ingredient listing by Hershey does not include paraffin, but there is no doubt it is used in making in their bars and candies.
I have tried using Reese’s Peanut Butter cups (also made by Hershey) but this is not a classic combination. Please add your insight and suggestions in this topic to help us make a better original campfire s’more.
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