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August 10 is National S’mores Day, so there’s no better time than right now to celebrate this cherished (and delicious) camping tradition. No one knows for sure who invented s’mores, but they at least date back to 1927 when a recipe for “some mores” was published in a Girl Scout handbook. The name is easy to understand, because once someone tries one of these tasty treats, they’ll soon be asking for s’more!
Classic s’mores are made by sandwiching a toasted marshmallow and pieces of chocolate between two graham cracker squares. But over the years, clever campers have come up with plenty of creative variations. Here are a few for you to try.
Make Sweet Substitutions
Instead of regular graham crackers, try substituting chocolate-flavored, chocolate-covered or cinnamon graham crackers. Or skip the graham crackers altogether and replace them with sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, ginger snaps or fudge-striped cookies.
When it comes to the chocolate bars, there’s certainly nothing wrong with regular milk chocolate, but you can put a new twist on your s’mores by using mint-flavored chocolates, peppermint patties, snack-sized coconut-filled chocolate bars or peanut butter cups instead. (A word of caution, though—you may have to hide these sweet ingredients from your fellow campers until it’s s’mores time!)
Add In Some Extra Fun
Now comes the really fun part. Why not see how creative you and your family can get with add-ins? How about some crispy bacon left over from breakfast? Or maybe some caramel candies or rainbow sprinkles. How about spreading some peanut butter on your graham crackers? You can even add some healthier ingredients like sliced bananas, apples or strawberries. Your choices are only limited by your imagination!
Take Your S’mores on the Go
Here’s an idea the kids will love—walking s’mores! Take a snack-sized bag of teddy bear-shaped graham crackers and add in a couple of freshly toasted marshmallows and pieces of chocolate candy. Quickly blend together the ingredients with a fork and your portable s’mores will be ready to go!
Happy National S’mores Day from all of us at GoCampingAmerica.com. When you’re ready for s’more great camping, use our convenient Find a Park feature to find your next sweet destination!