August 10th is National S’more Day!

Hey, Duluth, happy National S’mores Day! (As if we needed a reason to enjoy melty marshmallowy goodness.) What better way to celebrate this holiday than with some unique recipes and a little history of this sweet summer treat?

The gooey marshmallow, the melty chocolate, the crunch of the graham cracker. Whether you call it a Graham Cracker Sandwich, a S’more, or a Smore, the fact is no campfire would be complete without them. Where did they come from? Well, nobody quite knows who first invented the s’more. It first appears in several cookbooks as a “Graham Cracker Sandwich” in the early 1920s, adopting the name “Some More” in the 1927 book Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. The name evolved into the current-day s’more in a 1938 recipe publication marketed to summer camps. The camp-side creation has been popular ever since.

The classic recipe usually includes a toasted marshmallow and a piece of a Hershey bar sandwiched between graham crackers. To celebrate this year’s National S’mores Day, came up with 6 variations on the classic. Try one or all of them and remember: no summer is really complete without S’mores.



Campfire Alternatives

No campfire? No problem! Enterprising s’mores enthusiasts have engineered a couple easy ways of creating s’mores without need for flint and steel.

The easiest home method is using the microwave. To make s’mores in the microwave, place the marshmallow and graham cracker half of the s’more on a plate and heat on high for 10-12 seconds. Once heated, remove from microwave, apply chocolate and other graham cracker, and enjoy! 

If microwaves aren’t your pace, another popular method is to bake s’mores. Preheat your oven to 400° F (205° C). Arrange as many graham cracker halves as you wish (probably as many as will fit) onto a cookie sheet. Place a square of chocolate on half of the graham crackers and a marshmallow on the other half. Bake for 3-5 minutes, or until your marshmallows are your desired shade of brown. Once baked, assemble and serve!

Now that you’re armed with a world-class array of artisanal s’mores, you’re ready to celebrate National S’mores Day in style. Remember, you’re in Duluth, so why not visit one of the many beautiful outdoor parks in the area, whip up a batch, and share some of that graham-cracker-goodness with a neighbor?