Saturday, August 10, 2013

S’mores, campout confections


A S’more (Photo: Wikipedia)

National S'mores Day is celebrated yearly on August 10 in the United States, according to Wikipedia. We didn’t know about National S'mores Day when the Skupien clan gathered in Smoky Mountain National Park at the end of July. But we certainly celebrated the S’mores tradition.

After evening meals the ingredients for s’mores appeared and prompted action around the fire pit among kids and adults. I think every family came supplied, and s’mores were on the dessert menu no matter whose campsite was our dinner venue.
Granddaughter Molly Kate works on her marshmallow-roasting skills.

Wikipedia describes the treat, “A smore (sometimes spelled s’more) is a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada and consists of a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker.”

That description fails to include the delicious reality: a marshmallow roasted to a golden brown on the outside and liquefied on the inside then layered with a slab of chocolate between two graham crackers.

Then there is the entertainment value, competition for the best roasting job and the fascination and delight that youngsters experience as they create "Cajun" marshmallows that flame, are blown out,  blackened beyond an adult's taste tolerance. 

The enthusiastic s'mores fans among our young campers behaved as if the charred marshmallows were the essential ingredient that made their s'mores a true delicacy.

Happy National S'mores Day!

6 comments:

Sandra said...

you know i would love the entertainment part of this, fire to play in...woo hooo

Ginny said...

You are making me hungry! Thanks for the Molly Kate photo, you know she is my favorite!!! I know there should be no favorites among children, but I can't help it, she is just adorable!

photowannabe said...

Love s'mores and your family tradition.

they always make me nostalgic for my kids' growing up years.

Arkansas Patti said...

That looks like the best fun ever for kids. Well adults too.

Mage said...

I always went to camp, but I have no memory of having a s'more. I've been cheated.

edshunnybunny said...

Our little "grands" enjoyed s'mores on Friday evening, and we didn't even know the next day was 'National S'mores Day'!