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How Many Ways Can You Make S'mores?

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Linda explores food facts, folklore, and fabulous recipes, one ingredient at a time.

Everyone loves campfire s'mores!

Everyone loves campfire s'mores!

What Are S’Mores (and How Did They Get That Silly Name)?

I’ve combed the internet, looking at all of the usual (and unusual) sources for food history and am sad to report that I cannot find a verifiable story on who created s’mores or how they got their name. So we are left to our own devices.

Let’s analyze the few facts.

  • “S’mores” is obviously a mash-up of two words. Even those without jet-propulsion analytical abilities (i.e., rocket scientists) can probably deduce that s’mores is a combination of the words “some” and “more.” Who would do that? Either a child or an adult with a delightful sense of childlike humor and a love of life.
  • They’re made over a campfire (although the spin-offs can be created at home). Who knows more about camping than the Campfire Girls? Well, I have former Girl Scout friends who vehemently disagree. And as proof, they offer a recipe for “some mores” that appeared in a 1927 issue of Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.

Is This the Proof?

Excerpt from the Girl Scout Manual of 1927

Excerpt from the Girl Scout Manual of 1927

What Are Some Creative Ways of Making S'mores?

Of course, there needs to be a study base (cookie-like thing), chocolate, and the marshmallow (or something equally sticky and gooey). Are we in agreement?

Most people go with the basic graham cracker, Hershey bar, and torched marshmallow. Let's put on our thinking caps and come up with some other fun possibilities. Mix them up any way you wish.

BaseChocolateGooey stuffOther Goodies

Graham cracker

Milk chocolate

Peanut butter

Sliced strawberries

Chocolate graham

Dark chocolate

Caramel sauce

Pineapple ring

Oreo

White chocolate

Whipped cream cheese

Sliced banana

Rice Krispie treat

Reeses peanut butter cup

Nutella

Crisp-cooked bacon

Peanut butter cookie

Peppermint pattie

Peeps

Pretzel

Oven-baked S'mores

Oven-baked S'mores

Oven-Baked S'mores

Put away your roasting sticks and break out the cookie sheets. It's possible to make s'mores without a campfire. Even if it's freezing, raining, blowing, or snowing outside, s'mores in the oven to the rescue.

S'mores-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

S'mores-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

S'mores-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

According to the Huffington Post, the definitive list of America's favorite cookies places the chocolate chip at the top of the cookie jar. Is there a way to improve on that beloved Toll House? What if you stuffed it with grahams, milk chocolate, and gooey marshmallows?

Ooey Gooey S'mores Brownies

Ooey Gooey S'mores Brownies

Ooey Gooey S'mores Brownies

What is the best way to explain these cookies? Once upon a time a chocolate fudge brownie and a s'more met. They fell in love and got married and had a baby. S'mores brownies were born. Brownie batter is spread atop a graham cracker crumb crust. After they are baked, thee warm brownies are topped with marshmallows (large or small, it's your choice) and then slipped under the broiler for a moment or two to toast just like at a campfire.

S'mores Dip

S'mores Dip

S'mores Dip

Lynette, the creator of this recipe, calls her s'mores dip an "easy baked appetizer."

No. Once I eat this, I'm not diving into dinner. For me, this would be the finale to a light (but amazingly tasty) barbecue meal, or maybe just a decadent nosh with drinks around the firepit. What do you think?

S'mores Hand Pies

S'mores Hand Pies

S'mores Hand Pies

I love pie. If given a choice between birthday cake or birthday pie (yes, there is such a thing), I'll always choose pie. So these sweet little puffs of buttery, flakey goodness would be my favorite way of enjoying a s'more.

When I made these s'mores hand pies, I sprinkled some graham cracker crumbs inside each one before sealing the edges.

S'mores Cheesecake

S'mores Cheesecake

S'mores Cheesecake

Oh, be still my beating heart! Now we're talking my language. This s'mores cheesecake is dense and fudgy. Lindsay starts with a graham cracker crust, prebaked in the oven for 10 minutes. Before pouring in the cheesecake batter, she layers mini marshmallows and then chocolate fudge ice cream topping on the crust. That's the key to the ooey-gooey yum factor and what makes this dessert so special.

The Ultimate S'mores Layer Cake

The Ultimate S'mores Layer Cake

The Ultimate S'mores Layer Cake

The grand finale for this article is the Ultimate S'mores Layer cake. Sisters Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat create this stunning four-layer masterpiece with two chocolate fudge brownie layers alternated with two chocolate chip graham layers and toasted marshmallow frosting between each layer. This recipe feeds 12-14, so there's enough to share.

© 2020 Linda Lum

Comments

Linda Lum (author) from Washington State, USA on June 07, 2020:

Thanks Denise. Sorry for the "poundage" but glad I could help you remember happy times.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on June 07, 2020:

Oh no. I think I gained 10 pounds just scrolling through these recipes. I used to love s'mores. My dad would take us camping every summer and mom would pull out the graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows. It was quite the treat. Since there is nothing like the smoky flavor you get roasting over the fire, we never tried it at home. It's just not the same.

Blessings,

Denise

Linda Lum (author) from Washington State, USA on May 28, 2020:

I'm voting for the handpies, but for a special occasion I'd take the time to make the cheesecake. I'm glad your daughter is home with you. I haven't seen my younger daughter since mid-February.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 28, 2020:

Those recipes! My daughter is going to do cartwheels! I’m not sure what she want me to make her first but I am sure I’ll be making a few.

Linda Lum (author) from Washington State, USA on May 27, 2020:

Shauna, I'm not a huge fan of marshmallow, but I love graham crackers and peanut butter. Oh mercy a graham with a Reeses peanut butter cup and some crisp crumbled bacon should probably be illegal!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 27, 2020:

Linda, I don't know if I've ever told you this, but I've never had a s'more. I know, un-American, right? I love graham crackers and graham cracker crusts. I love marshmallow fluff (can you say Fluffernutter?) and I appreciate a good brownie, but I'm not a chocolate candy bar person.

Some of your s'more mashups sound interesting. Even the s'more stuffed chocolate chip cookies.

I can just see your readers scrambling to the kitchen to satisfy the sweet tooth you just kicked into gear! LOL

Linda Lum (author) from Washington State, USA on May 27, 2020:

Genna, I gained weight just sifting through the recipes. I hope you enjoy them.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 27, 2020:

S'mores cheesecake? I'm there! I thank you for these scrumptious ideas, Linda. My waistline is not as thankful. :-)

Linda Lum (author) from Washington State, USA on May 25, 2020:

John, I suspect that the s'more is an American thing. My experience is that watching your weight doesn't work. You need to actually do something about it LOL.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 25, 2020:

Well, I have never heard of s'mores, but these all just look too decadent for me even to contemplate though I love chocolate and marshmallow. I need to watch my weight...hmm no I've been doing that awhile and it's worrying me...I need to watch it go down!

Linda Lum (author) from Washington State, USA on May 25, 2020:

Bill, yes they're a guilty pleasure but now, with my help, you can make them at home; no campfire.

Linda Lum (author) from Washington State, USA on May 25, 2020:

Eric, now you have no excuse. With my shared recipes you can make it them anywhere.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 25, 2020:

I don't remember the last time I had a Smore...seriously, it's been a long time, which is weird because I love the ingredients. I think it might be because it's so much work to make them, and they are so messy you need to take a bath afterwards. lol

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 25, 2020:

Lovely. Believe me I have hid this from Gabriel. Last time I had them it was raining way to hard so we used the hiking burner. I can still taste the gas ;-)

Linda Lum (author) from Washington State, USA on May 25, 2020:

Pamela, I feel that way about most of the food blogs I review. Why decide? Just simply try them all, OK?

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 25, 2020:

I would never have dreamed there were so many ways to make s'mores. I am quite sure I gained weight reading your article, Linda. I will have to decided just how many recipes I want to try out.