Do you remember the first time you made s’mores? Did you burn the marshmallow? Did you even care? The magic of the warm marshmallow melting the chocolate inside the graham cracker sandwich is a kid’s foodie dream!
The first official recipe for s’mores came out in the 1927 Girl Scout guidebook “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts”.
While the book was meant to give advice on how to be a good Girl Scout, its lasting legacy was the “Some More.” Originally intending to feed 16 hungry scouts, the recipe, which was later credited to a troop leader named Loretta Scott Crew, calls for 16 graham crackers, eight bars of plain chocolate and 16 marshmallows. Next, it says to toast the marshmallows to a “crispy, gooey state.” Then, put the marshmallow on top of a chocolate bar and in between two graham crackers and, viola, you got a “Some More.”
It’s unclear when the name was shortened to simply “s’more,” but various Girl Scout publications kept referring to the treat as “Some More” until 1971.
If nothing else, it all makes for a good campfire story.
For me and my family, Smores are just too good to be a summertime-only treat. So I took marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers and put them in a make-anytime dessert. Consider doubling it—everyone will want s’more!!
Here’s a throwback video from my days at QVC making my recipe for “S’mores Delight.”
- 1 box chocolate cake mix
- 1 cup milk
- 1 (5-oz) cook & serve chocolate pudding (not instant!)
- 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into tablespoon sized pats
- 6 whole graham crackers, broken in half
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 40 large marshmallows
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 13″ x 9″ baking dish.
- Combine the milk and pudding mix in a large bowl and then pour it into the baking dish. Place the graham crackers on top of the pudding mixture with space in-between each one and then add the mini chocolate chips. Dump the cake mix into a separate bowl to break up any clumps. Then, spread it over the chocolate chips. Drop the pats of butter on top.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Mix slightly so there aren’t large areas of dry ingredients. Then, add marshmallows and bake for another 8–10 minutes. If you want to “toast” the marshmallows a bit more, place the dish under the broiler for about a minute. Keep your eye on it, though, because it can burn quickly!
S’more Recipe Ideas
The melty marshmallow, chocolate, graham cracker combination of smores has inspired a lot of delicious variations you might want to try. Here are some delicious options I’ve found. Click the blue highlighted link to get to these recipes.
Here are s’mores with a different candy bar twist from website, Hip2Save.
Or how about 15 more gourmet ways to make a s’more? Check out these ideas from Shared Appetite.
I love the idea of a frozen s’more! Thanks to Delish, you can make this recipe and escape from the August heat! These sound soooo good!
And don’t forget, you don’t need a campfire to make s’mores at home! If you want to be able to make these any time of year, check out this indoor s’mores maker.
Wow! Who knew there were so many ways to enjoy this tried and true dessert! Please let me know which one is your favorite!
Or, if S’mores aren’t for you, why not try my Grasshopper Cake? Light, refreshing minty. chocolatey goodness.
Enjoy these last, lazy, hazy days of summer!
From my summer kitchen to yours,