Early Light: Want more? Have S’more!

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Caution: You are about to enter S’more heaven.

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Today is Sunday, August 10, 2008. It is the 223rd day of the year with only 143 days remaining. Today we celebrate National S’Mores Day in observance of that quintessential campfire snack that now comes doctored up by chefs across the globe and served up on crystal plates with hefty prices.

The origin of S’mores dates back to the 1920’s. It’s believed the recipe was first discovered by Girl Scouts. S’more folklore suggests that S’mores got their name right by the campfire. After eating one, young kids chanted “gimme some more!”

While much is written about National S’mores Day, our research has been unable to verify that this is an officially recognized national day (which requires an act of Congress). Don’t let that stop you from celebrating this day with a few S’mores. In my opinion, Congress could gain some much needed credibility by enacting legislation to make this an official day. (Has anyone seen Congress lately?)

These treats bring back memories of my adolescence when I first began to notice the differences in males and females. It all came down to this:

HOW GIRLS MAKE S’MORES —
(1) Place Hershey bars on graham crackers. (2) Toast marshmallows. (3) Place toasted marshmallows on Hershey bars to melt chocolate.

HOW BOYS MAKE S’MORES —

(1) Eat Hershey bars. (2) Eat marshmallows. (3) Throw graham crackers at other boys.

You can make S’mores right in the microwave. Just sandwich two honey graham crackers with a half Hershey Bar and one marshmallow. Pop them into the microwave on high for 15 to 20 seconds.

S'mores - BSP Assignment #206007

Or try this S’more sandwich bar

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups (8-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY’S Mini Milk Chocolate Bars OR 5 HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Bars (1.55 oz. each)
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 350 degree F. Grease 8-inch square baking pan.
2. Beat butter and sugar until well blended in large bowl. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Press half of dough in prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes.
3. Sprinkle mini chocolate bars over baked layer or arrange unwrapped chocolate bars over baked layer, breaking as needed to fit. Sprinkle with marshmallows; scatter bits of remaining dough over marshmallows, forming top layer. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or just until lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. 16 bars.

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