Fun Facts about S'mores and Recipe Round-Up

Did you know today is National S'more Day? It is a day meant to get us out in our backyard making these fun treats!! Last year at our family reunion my cousin was in charge of s'more supplies for the family camp dinner night. She went crazy with all sorts of candy bars for the chocolate. My favorite was the Ghiradelli caramel squares. Hazel really liked the Reese's peanut butter cups. What variation is your favorite? Today I am sharing some fun facts about s'mores and their ingredients as well as a recipe round-up. 

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup S'more By Jonathunder [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], from Wikimedia Commons
  1. The first published recipe for “some mores” was in 1927 in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Loretta Scott Crew made them for Girl Scouts and was credited with the recipe, but no one knows who invented the s’more.
  2. By the 1960s “Some mores” was shortened to s’mores.
  3. Marshmallows came from France in the mid-1800s. Marsh mallow sap was whipped into a meringue-like froth with egg whites and sugar and poured into molds. This was time-consuming and labor intensive so only the wealthy got to enjoy the treats. By the late 1800s however gelatin replaced the marsh mallow sap.
  4. The average marshmallow is over half just plain air. Here is a science experiment to try to show kids this. 
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    Roasted Marshmallow By cyclonebill (Marshmallow) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

  6. By the 1890s marshmallow roasts were a popular activity.
  7. Graham crackers were invented by Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham in 1829 in Bound Brook, New Jersey. He believed the crackers would quell sexual desire.
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    Graham Crackers By Evan-Amos [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

  9. S’mores even has a Facebook page with over 74,000 likes. 
  10. Americans buy 90 million pounds of marshmallows a year. It is estimated that 50 percent of the marshmallows sold in the summer are used for s’mores.
  11. The largest s’more built weighed 267 pounds. It was made in 2014 with 140 pounds of marshmallows (or 300 bags), 90 pounds of chocolate and 90 pounds of graham crackers. It was made by campers at Deer Run Camping Resort in Gardners, PA.
  12. Using the classic Hershey’s recipe for a s’more which uses only one marshmallow, has 195 calories. Loretta Scott Crew's recipe used two marshmallows.
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    S'more Larry D. Moore [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

  14. Based on s’more related tweets in 2015, s’mores are most popular in Vermont. Virginia is in second place.
  15. The unofficial record for the most people making s’mores at once is 404 and was set at Colorado State University on April 18, 2015.
So go grab a bag of marshmallows, a box of graham crackers and some chocolate bars and fire up the grill or fire pit and enjoy your National S'more Day! 

S'more Round-Up

Here are some recipes, crafts and science experiments to try all having to do with ooey gooey s'mores!! In case you don't want to have a backyard fire tonight you can still have fun with these indoor ideas whether to eat or drink or go all out and try the science experiments! Enjoy!!

1) Brownie S'more Recipe from 3 Boys and a Dog

2) S'mores Rice Krispie Treats from Real Life at Home

3) Indoor S'mores on a Stick from 3 Boys and a Dog

4) Edible S'more Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands

5) Solar Oven S'mores from What We Do All Day

6) S'more Mocktails Recipe for Teens from 3 Boys and a Dog

7) S'mores Camping Kit from The Scrap Shoppe via Crafty Weekends Party

8) Our Campfire Craft from Hazel's first campfire