The History of S’mores

By | June 29, 2018

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The making of the ultimate s'more with marshmallows, chocolate and graham cookies over a wood burning fire pit. (Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

As soon as warm weather hits, people gather around the bonfire for a relaxing evening with friends. The star of the bonfire is, of course, s’mores. Although s’mores may seem like a simple and humble treat, they actually have a long and interesting history. It may have started with a group of outdoorsy girls, but the ingredients date back hundreds of years. In fact, each of s’mores three ingredients each are reputed to have medicinal properties so we could consider our bonfire s’more to be a wholesome cocktail of goodness. 

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The Girl Scouts of America

The first time the recipe for s’mores appeared in print was in 1927 in a guidebook published the Girl Scouts of America called Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. This guidebook gave tips for spending time in the wilderness and included some recipes for food that can be prepared in the woods and cooked over an open campfire. Many years later, troop leader Loretta Scoot Crew was given the credit for the s’mores recipe, which called for 16 graham crackers, 16 marshmallows, and 8 bars of chocolate. According to the book, when you toast marshmallows until they are gooey and melty and place them between graham crackers and add a chocolate bar, you get a tasty treat that is so good you will want ‘some more.’