S’mores. Once, a treat seldom consumed by me as a kid, except for family camping trips in the summer. Marshmallows, stuck with a tree branch and roasted over a “for real” campfire. How fitting that the earliest recorded history of a s’more was in the late 1920’s…and…with a girl scout origin.
Now, my kids consume a s’more as often as weekly… the evolution of a backyard event with neighbors and neighborhood friends. Marshmallows roasted over a backyard fire pit, stuck with a stainless steel prong fork, and about as close to true camping as my family will get (at least for now.)
Roasting marshmallows takes patience. I like my marshmallows evenly browned, warm and gooey on the inside and a little crispy on the outside. I think the key is to get the marshmallows as close as you can to the hot red/orange bits near the base of the fire, rotating the stick to ensure even browning.
My kids like to roast them as well, but don’t always want to wait for the perfect toast. They often stick them directly into the flame and pull out a flaming, charred black mess, but they don’t seem to mind.
Assemble the s’more by sandwiching a roasted marshmallow and piece of Hershey’s chocolate between two graham cracker squares. We’ve also added a few m&m’s to make them extra special. And, be sure to have lots of wet wipes around.
In the time I’ve started eating s’mores, they’ve come out with square shaped graham crackers and advertised as the s’more graham cracker. They’re nice, because they don’t have the perforated middle that tends to crack when assembling a smore anyways. They’ve also come out with giant marshmallows for roasting, but I’ve not yet bought them. I’ve heard they are so big that they never get warm in the center. And, most recently, I’ve seen advertisements for a flattened, square marshmallow. Perfectly sized and shaped for a s’more.
Happy roasting! And, Happy 4th of July!