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The Sweet Story of S'mores: Traditional had been a Campfire Classic

S’mores is a nostalgic chocolate treat that evokes warmth and generally messy satisfaction. This gooey, chocolatey, marshmallow-filled delight has become synonymous with outdoor gatherings and cozy evenings by the fire. But how did this beloved dessert come to be?

The origins of s'mores can be traced back to the early 20th century in the United States. The first known recipe for "Some Mores" appeared in a 1927 publication called "Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts." The treat was credited to the Girl Scouts who, as avid outdoor enthusiasts, sought a simple and delicious snack to enjoy during their camping trips.

The name "s'mores" is a contraction of the phrase "some more," which perfectly captures the sentiment of wanting another serving of this delightful treat. It's easy to see why it caught on so quickly among campers—after all, who can resist the allure of melted marshmallows and chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers?

The basic recipe for s'mores remains delightfully simple: take two graham crackers and sandwich a piece of chocolate and a roasted marshmallow between them. The heat from the toasted marshmallow melts the chocolate, creating a decadent and satisfying treat with contrasting textures and flavors.

Part of the charm of s'mores lies in its versatility. While the classic combination of graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows is timeless, creative variations have emerged over the years. Some enthusiasts swap out the traditional milk chocolate for dark chocolate or add extras like peanut butter, caramel, or even bacon to customize their s'mores experience.

Beyond its deliciousness, s'mores have also become a symbol of camaraderie and togetherness. The act of making s'mores encourages bonding—whether it's sharing tips on marshmallow roasting techniques or passing around a bag of marshmallows. It's a ritual that transcends generations, bringing people closer through a shared love of simple pleasures and outdoor adventure.

In recent years, s'mores have even inspired innovative reinterpretations in desserts like cakes, cookies, and milkshakes, proving that their appeal extends far beyond the campfire.

As we continue to embrace the joy of outdoor gatherings and the simple pleasures of life, s'mores remain a beloved tradition that reminds us of the sweetness of childhood and the magic of the getting together.

Stay tuned this month to see some alternatives to the classic campfire s’mores. Watch us indulging in this timeless treat and savoring the history and tradition that make s'mores more than just a dessert as we continue our adventures with cacao!

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