It should come as no surprise that those responsible for the most iconic cookies are also responsible for the most iconic camping snack: s’mores or “Some Mores” as they were originally called in a 1927 publication titled Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Nestled amongst hiking tips and the recommendation to ditch the Girl Scout skirt uniform in favor of bloomers upon reaching the countryside is the recipe gem that would change campfires forever. The original recipe calls for 16 graham crackers, 8 bars of chocolate (broken in two), and 16 marshmallows, and advises “Though it tastes like ‘some more’ one is really enough.”
While Girl Scouts had the brilliant idea to add chocolate and graham crackers to the mix, marshmallows have been around much longer. In the middle ages, the “marsh mallow” plant was used to sooth sore throats. In the mid-1800s, the French added egg whites and sugar, transforming the marsh mallow into a delectable treat. Eventually, the mallow plant was replaced by more readily available gelatin, making modern-day marshmallows more widely available. Girl Scouts everywhere take advantage of this fact and have been making s’mores ever since!
So, whether you celebrate this National S’mores Day (August 10) by making a good old-fashioned s’more or you put a twist on it with one of the recipes below, you can thank your Girl Scout sisters of 92 years ago for this delicious creation.
Girl Scout Cookie S’mores
Break out those frozen Girl Scout Cookies and sandwich a toasted marshmallow in between to create a Caramel deLites® s’more—or even a Girl Scout S’mores® S’more!
Break apart an Oreo cookie and smash a toasted marshmallow alongside the cream filling.
Rice Krispies Treat S’more
Slice a Rice Krispies treat into thin, graham cracker–sized pieces. Add chocolate and a toasted marshmallow for an extra gooey s’more.
Ritz Cracker S’more
Replace Graham crackers with Ritz crackers for a salty-sweet combination.
Spread Nutella on your graham crackers and add a toasted marshmallow.
Peanut Butter Cup S’more
Replace the chocolate with a peanut butter cup.
Raspberry Jam S’more
Spread raspberry jam on the graham crackers, then add dark chocolate and a marshmallow.
Stick a marshmallow on a skewer, roll in melted chocolate, then roll in crushed graham crackers. The perfect solution for indoor s’mores!
Have marshmallows to spare?
Try this marshmallow science experiment adapted from Science of Cooking:
Supplies: 3 marshmallows, 3 plates, microwave, notebook, pencil
- Microwave the first marshmallow for 10 seconds, observe the shape, texture, and smell of the marshmallow. What happens when it heats up? What changes when you take it out of the microwave?
- Microwave the second marshmallow for 30 seconds. Record your observations.
- Microwave the third marshmallow for one minute. Record your observations.
- Line all three marshmallows up next to each other. Record similarities and differences (including taste).
- Why do you think the marshmallows look different now? What makes them soft versus crunchy? What makes marshmallows turn from white to brown?
- See the “What’s Going On” Section of this article to find out the science behind marshmallows!
McKayla Murphy – McKayla is a program resources specialist at Girl Scouts River Valleys. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a minor in dance. McKayla is passionate about racial equity, critical media studies, and art education. She enjoys dancing, trying new food, and seeking adventure (including winter camping and travel). Staples in McKayla’s life include dark chocolate, her hammock, and plenty of reading material.