Campfire Confidential: Is it delicious, a delight or a Disaster?
. But the s’more has a history, one we may never really know. Today is not about the history of s’mores(or some more as once called) but the celebration of National S’mores Day. And you don’t need to know who invented the s’more to know that’s going to be a very good day.
There is accurate accounting to state that the Girl Scouts first published the recipe for Some Mores in 1927, in a book called . The recipe was credited to a woman named Loretta Scott Crew. The name “Some Mores” can be found in publications up until 1971, but at some point was shortened to its contracted form, s’mores.
Crew may be credited in the first publication of the recipe, but she may or may not have been the first to create it – many sources attribute the recipe to the Campfire Girls. And there’s also an argument that the gooey treat has its origins in the Victorian Era when popular picks for desserts were “sandwich cookies” and sponge cakes.
It’s a matter of assembling the s’more once you’ve mastered the marshmallow. The original 1827 recipe (for 8) calls for eight sticks, 16 graham crackers, 8 bars of plain chocolate (each broken in half), and 16 marshmallows.
“Toast two marshmallows over the coals to a crisp gooey state and then put them inside a graham cracker and chocolate bar sandwich. The heat of the marshmallow between the halves of chocolate bar will melt the chocolate a bit.”
A notable item of interest: Mallomars and Moon Pies, are confections that include the three S’more ingredients – graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate – were created at least a decade before the Girl Scouts published the Some Mores recipe. Mallomars were first sold publicly in 1913, and Moon Pies, their southern counterpart, were created in 1917. The lack of documentation on all three means we’ll never know if s’mores were inspired by, or inspired, Mallomars and Moon Pies.
Fast fact: The largest s’more ever made was crafted in 2003 and weighed 1,600 pounds and used 20,000 marshmallows and 7,000 chocolate bars. A larger s’more was made in 2007 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Virginia State Parks, measuring 1,936 square feet, using 55,000 graham crackers, 40,000 marshmallows,and 8,000 Hershey’s chocolate bars, but was not recognized by Guinness.
Though no one quite agrees on where s’mores came from, it’s clear to see that the things could only have been invented by a kid. Nobody over ten-years old would ever think of squishing together a chocolate bar, a toasted marshmallow, and a pair of graham crackers, and calling it food. Perhaps. Our bet is still on a bunch of Girl Scouts who perfected it.