It's summer, and while southern California is still locked in infamous "June Gloom" weather, it's time to start thinking about all the outdoor get-togethers to do this summer.
After the cobs of corn drizzled with sweetned butter and a layer of salt, after the 7-napkin ribs with accompying shirt stain, after acquiring your neighbor's secret for making the *best* potato salad this side of the rockies...it's time for dessert!
Around the grill, or any sort of of open flame, the best traditional dessert has to be "S'mores" - a personal and unique treat that has so many options!
"Options? What options?", you ask?
Of course, there's the classic: Honey Maid Graham Crackers+Hershey Bar+Toasted Marshmallow. Why mess with a tradition?
Silly question! Traditions are meant to be broken, right? So I challenge you this summer - and through this post - to become creative in your S'mores creations!
Here are some thoughts to get your mind going (and your mouth watering!):
Peanut Butter Smore: Graham Cracker + Ghirardelli Peanut Butter Bar +Marshmallow
White Chocolate Peeps Smores: Graham Cracker+ White Chocolate Bar +Peeps (leftover from Easter...don't tell anyone!)
Island Smore: Graham Cracker + Marshmallow + Miniature Mounds Bars
The possibilities go on.... Change up the Graham Cracker (Cinnamon, Chocolate, Ritz Crackers?) Change up the Gooeyness (Marshmallow, Marshmallow Fluff, Vanilla Frosting?) Add a new chocolate, or dip it in a sauce (Oooh - caramel sounds good!)
I love s'mores. I always think of the sandlot reference too when the classic, "you're killing me smalls" line makes its appearance. And actually I have tried to make s'mores in a microwave, because fires are not always readily accessible and it did not turn out so bad..just something to keep in mind if you are in dire need of one!
A s'more is a traditional campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker. The name "s'more" means "some more", as in: "give me some more!".
S'more appears to be a contraction of the phrase, "some more". The informal nature of this term reflects the environment in which s'mores are traditionally served and its meaning hints at the desires of campers who are not satisfied by just one s'more. Some have jokingly surmised that the name originated from people who were so busy eating the tasty treat that they did not have time to speak in complete sentences, or alternately, that their enunciation was compromised by the fact that their mouth was still full of the previously mentioned s'more.
Another theory is that the dessert is so sticky, particularly due to the combination of melted chocolate and marshmallow, that it is especially difficult to talk or swallow, and this remains the case for some time even after the entire dessert is eaten. Therefore, if someone who has finished swallowing their last piece of the dessert is asked if they'd like another, "s'more please" would be all they could manage to relay.
While the origin of this popular campfire dessert is unclear, the first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the Girl Scout Handbook of 1927. The recipe is credited to ...