National S'mores Day
annually on August 10th
Likely the most famous campfire snack, s'mores are celebrated today with National S'mores Day. Made of graham crackers, toasted marshmallows, and chocolate bars, what may be considered to be the first official s'mores recipe appeared in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts in 1927, and is credited to Loretta Scott Crew. Titled "Some More," the recipe says to toast marshmallows "to a crispy gooey state and then put them inside a graham cracker and chocolate bar sandwich." It goes on to say "the heat of the marshmallow between the halves of chocolate bar will melt the chocolate a bit."
Although this is considered to be the earliest recipe, it is believed that the treat predates it, and there are other similar recipes in print from the same decade, such as one called "Campfire Graham Cracker Sandwich" that appeared in A Book of 150 Recipes Prepared with Campfire Marshmallows. By the late 1930s, the name "Some More" had been contracted to "s'more" and was appearing in cookbooks, and that's how it has remained. It is unknown exactly when National S'mores Day got its start or who started it. During some celebrations, companies have participated by giving out deals. Stuffed Puffs, Insomnia Cookies, and even the Girl Scouts—whose book the first s'mores recipe appeared in—have done so. Morrisville, North Carolina has also participated, by changing its name to S'Morrisville for the day and holding an event.
How to Observe National S'mores Day
Celebrate by eating s'mores! The best way to make them is with a campfire, but if that's not an option, you could use a toaster oven, a microwave, or another cooking device. If you are feeling creative, you could make a variation of the treat. You could also check for any companies participating in the day, or stop in Morrissville, North Carolina—or should we say, S'Morrisville—for their yearly celebration of the day.