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National S’mores Day 2015, Taco Tuesday, Indian Independence Day: Weekday Planner

National S’mores Day 2015, Taco Tuesday, Indian Independence Day: Weekday Planner

 

National S'mores Day

National S’mores Day

 

Top Picks for National S’mores Day

 

Summer’s quintessential dessert gets its due diligence on August 10, which just so happens to be National S’mores Day. In honor of the gooey occasion, we’ve rounded up some top picks for s’more supremacy around Chicago:

Likely the coolest, most awe-inducing interpretation of the almighty s’more can be found at Atwood, where chef Brian Millman cooks up his s’mores baked Alaska, served with housemade marshmallow and graham cracker ice cream. It’s a thorough reinvention of the fireside classic, appropriately torched to achieve the same kind of toasty marshmallow effect we all remember from camping. The dessert starts with a chocolate cake, topped with a scoop of that ice cream and surrounded by marshmallow fluff. It’s all bruleed before it gets accented with chocolate sauce, graham cracker crumbs, and flaked salt.

The only way to improve upon the comfort food aspect of a s’more is by transforming it into a pie. Baker Miller is doing just that this season, with their summertime s’mores pie. Served in a graham cracker crust (duh), the chocolate-based pie gets a heaping crown of smoked marshmallow, which gets nicely toasted to achieve a golden brown…………… CONTINUE:

S’more appears to be a contraction of the phrase “some more”. The first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the publication Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts of 1927.[3] Although the exact origin is unclear, reports on the group from as early as 1925 describe them.[4] Merriam-Webster marks 1974 as the first use of S’more,[1] though recipes for “Some Mores” are in various Girl Scout publications until at least 1973. However, a 1956 recipe uses the exact name (S’Mores), and lists the ingredients as “a sandwich of two graham crackers, toasted marshmallow and 1/2 chocolate bar”.[5] In 1968 Clarice Nelms provided the following recipe: Place a square of milk chocolate on a graham cracker. Toast a marshmallow and put on top of the chocolate, then a second graham cracker on top of the toasted marshmallow and squeeze and you will want “s’more”.[6] Still earlier references exist, such as the camp recipes section in the 1963 “Outing Activities and Winter Sports Guide” stating “By now, readers who watch their weight are probably rising in protest since none of these recipes could conceivably be called low calorie. But after all, camping trips are supposed to be fun. Why not relax, enjoy yourself, and have s’more?”[7] and the 1958 publication “Intramural and recreational sports for high school and college” makes reference to Marshmallow toasts and S’more hikes[8] as does its related predecessor, the “Intramural and Recreational Sports for Men and Women” published in 1949.[9]