Monday, August 10, 2015

It's National S'mores Day: Think Outside the Graham Cracker Box!

Few sweet treats are as beloved as the campfire staple, the s'more. And no one knows s'mores like Girl Scouts! Not only have these gooey, chocolately creations been enjoyed at Girl Scout camps for generations, but the first known s'mores recipe can be found in an official Girl Scouts publication from 1927.

The original recipe as printed in "Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts." The treat was referred to as "Some Mores" in Girl Scout publications until around 1971, when it was changed to "S'more."

The classic chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker combo will always be first in our hearts. But sometimes it's fun to think outside the graham cracker box! So, in honor of National S'mores Day, August 10, we asked our staff to share their most creative s'mores recipes. Here are some of the delicious creations they came up with, including some made with delicious Girl Scout Cookies!

Trefoil Strawberry Shortcake

This recipe combines the s'more with another favorite summertime taste--strawberry shortcake--and makes it even more amazing by using everyone's favorite shortbread cookie! Just top your roasted marshmallow with either fresh strawberries or strawberry jam and use Trefoils instead of graham crackers. Can't have a s'more without chocolate? Feel free to add a piece of chocolate bar or a smear of chocolate hazelnut spread like Nutella. 

-Submitted by Courtney Soder, Volunteer Support Specialist

Samoas S'mores

Pretty much any Girl Scout Cookie would make an awesome S'more, but the chocolate, caramel and coconut combination of the Samoa pairs perfectly with toasted marshmallow. 

A roasted marshmallow and two Samoas are all that's needed to make a delicious s'more, but here's a recipe for an Super Ultimate S'more that sounds completely out of this world: Start with a graham cracker, add a layer of  Nutella, top with a Samoa,  a roasted marshmallow, a row of Hershey's chocolate (3 squares), and another layer of nutella on the top graham cracker. WOW! - Submitted by Kate Davis, Girl Experience Specialist

Swapped S'mores
Swap out the chocolate for a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup!

Several GSWPA staffers suggested keeping the s'more mostly traditional but swapping out or adding ingredients to add some extra pizazz! 

  • "A Reese's cup instead of Hershey's or a slice of pineapple and some coconut with the toasted marshmallow give a fun twist!" -Franne Carnahan, Director of Recruitment and Retention
  • "I love s'mores with Ghirardelli sea salt and caramel dark chocolate squares. We've also used roasted marshmallow peeps before. Not my favorite, but the girls loved them!" -Lisa Shade, Public Relations Manager
  • Raspberry filled Ghirardelli chocolate with strawberry flavored marshmallows. Yum yum! -Jennifer Domowicz, Recruitment Specialist
  • "I have two favorites: A S'moreo which is an Oreo cookie instead of the graham crackers. I also love a classic s'more with a peppermint patty instead of the Hershey bar." -Jennifer Sizemore, Director of Recruitment and Retention
  • If you're living a gluten-free life, the new Girl Scout Toffee-tastic cookies make a great substitute for graham crackers. We taste-tested them with our gluten-free family this weekend! -Nancy Irwin, Director of Communications
  • Top a graham cracker with a chocolate bar or Nutella, sliced banana, sliced strawberries or strawberry jam, and a roasted marshmallow for a Banana Split S'more. Or, use peanut butter instead of (or in addition to) the chocolate plus the banana for a Funky Monkey S'more! -Jen Duda, Digital Media Manager  

Banana Split S'more

But wait--There's more! Here are some ideas for s'mores-inpsired desserts that you don't need a campfire to make: 
  • S'more wrap: To a flour tortilla, add crushed Tag-alongs and mini marshmallows and wrap in foil. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or place in the campfire until melted. -Nancy Crossen, Recruitment Specialist
  • "My mother just made a S'more cake and it was amazing. She used ginger ale, a devil's food cake mix and marshmallows. The icing was whip cream frosting and chocolate pudding with crushed graham crackers on top." - Amber Carson, Girl Experience Specialist
  • "Smore pudding pie: Graham cracker crust, one box of chocolate pudding. Put in 1/2 the pudding and let it start to set while you mix some cool whip in with the remaining half. Cover the top half with the remaining pudding/cool whip mixture. Chill for 4 hours or until completely set. Cover the top with mini marshmallows and then broil until the marshmallows become browned right before serving. Add chocolate shavings on top if you're feeling fancy!" -Kate Davis, Girl Experience Specialist