S'Mores: Worth Eating, Extreme or Not!

When's the last time you had a couple of nice, hot, gooey s'mores? Well, partner, that's too long.

Today, let's turn the Extreme Chocolate spotlight on s'mores. You know: those flavorful confections constructed of graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate that you roast to oh-so-delicious, gooey goodness over campfires. Mmmmm!

Admittedly, s'mores aren't terribly extreme, as long as you leave out the sriracha sauce and firecrackers (don't ask). But they're extremely tasty... and they're so much a fixture of the American chocolate experience that I wanted to pay homage to them here.

The Adventure of Scouting

S'mores first appeared in a Girl Scout publication in 1927. Certainly, they're a traditional Girl Scout treat (kind of like Thin Mints and Samoas), and no one has laid an earlier claim to the snack.

A young lady named Loretta Scott Crew apparently created them to satisfy the hunger of a group of fellow scouts. This appears to be Loretta's one claim to fame... but hey, you could do much worse!

Gimme S'more!

You know, the study of etymology may have difficulty with some terms, tracing them back thousands of years to ancestral tongues before satisfactorily explaining them (or not). But "s'more" isn't really one of those words.

Our descendants 10,000 years hence may wonder at the word, but to us English speakers, "s'more" is obviously a contraction of "some more." And to make it even more obvious, that's what some Girl Scout publications called the confection right up until the early 1970s, when the proper name was formalized.

Variations on the Theme

If you've ever sat around the campfire telling stories on a dark night, you've probably made your own s'mores. They're a venerable tradition, common to campsites throughout the U.S. and Canada -- and probably any wilds in the world that Americans or Canadians have penetrated.

Not being stupid, some sweets manufacturers have attempted to capitalize on the s'mores phenomenon, with varying levels of success. You may have noticed the Hershey's S'mores bar, which is good but lacks that certain something (i.e., open flame) that you get with real live s'mores.

S'mores Pop-Tarts aren't bad, since they are, after all, hot -- assuming you plug them into the toaster. But alas, a toaster is not an open flame. Hopefully.

Making Your Own

Making s'mores is simple. All you have to do is roast a marshmallow over an open fire, making sure the stick you use isn't poison oak. Then, when it's all gooey and about to burst into flame, slap the hot marshmallow down on a big ol' graham cracker.

Put a square of chocolate on top of that (broken off a candy bar, of course) and finish the sandwich with a second graham cracker. Now: let the 'shmallow cool down a bit, melting yon chocolate, and then feast on your tasty, warm s'mores!