Linda explores food facts, folklore, and fabulous recipes one ingredient at a time.
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?
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.
|Base||Chocolate||Gooey stuff||Other Goodies|
Whipped cream cheese
Rice Krispie treat
Reeses peanut butter cup
Peanut butter cookie
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.
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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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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