After reading many US websites regarding camping, the term S'Mores comes up a lot.
You might be mistaken for thinking this is the staple diet for Americans (FYI: it’s not).
But for camping, it seems no American camping trip is complete without partaking in the ritual of having a S'More. So, I bravely decided to venture into an unknown cooking territory and try to replicate this traditional dessert here in Australia.
Wikipedia says they are a
“traditional night-time campfire treat” and made up of “roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker”.
The marshmallow and chocolate – no problems – a trip to my cupboard and we have them.
The graham cracker – what is that?
Photo credit: D.Niblack
The graham cracker is elusive here in Australia, though some stores that stock American food products, will also stock these. But it's not something you can grab from any supermarket here in Australia readily.
So substitutes are needed.
McVitie Digestives seem to be the closest. I have also heard that Arnotts “Marie” biscuits are worth a go.
So we decided to try to make an Australian S’More. Here was "the plan":
- Gather around a campfire
- Get a Marie or McVities biscuit and put a piece of chocolate on it.
- Cook a marshmallow over the campfire using a stick or whatever preferred method is.
- Place the browned marshmallow on the biscuit that has the chocolate on it
- Create a sandwich by putting the another biscuit on the marshmallow, let the marshmallow spread a bit eg.ooze
- Wait 30 seconds for the warm marshmallow to melt the chocolate
- Eat and enjoy!
Well, let me tell you that after our first experience with a S’More, it needs some refinement. We hit a couple of problems.....
- Choice of biscuit – Marie by Arnotts. It seemed a bit too thick and sweet. It was like sugar overload and not in a good way.
- Chocolate that goes on the biscuit – we used a Cadburys Twirl broken in half. When the marshmallow went onto this chocolate, it just did not melt. I waited 30 seconds but that chocolate stood firm long after 30 seconds.
- Marshmallow – to get it really gooey, I sort of set it on fire, so it was all blackened (not sure if I am meant to do that), but it didn’t seem to retain heat to melt chocolate.
Where did I go wrong? (apart from not using a microwave)
My kids enjoyed this new camping treat, but I was a bit disappointed.
I think it comes down to my biscuit choice.
Or maybe my chocolate choice.
Or then again, maybe my marshmallow cooking!!!
You can see Easter S'Mores here
We tried our own version at Easter.
You can see Easter S'Mores here
Searching for S'Mores information is impressive for a newbie to the world of S'Mores - there are sites dedicated to recipes; how to cook them; bizarre S'More alternatives; and even a Facebook page dedicated to S'Mores.
This site had a delicious sounding recipe for Peanut Butter S'Mores. Makes my mouth just water thinking about that combination.
Or maybe you want to make your own S'More in a virtual experience?
Yes, at the Hersheys site you will be able to pretend you are making a S'More and create your own ultimate S'More without ever leaving your computer........Unless your computer keyboard is a giant S'More (see below)
So, despite there being a lot of info out there for beginners, my S'More experience was not a huge hit. I am not planning on giving up anytime soon - all those Americans can't be wrong - but I think the key elements to make a good S'More needs a small re-think on my part.
Or maybe this gadget is an alternative to outdoor S'Mores - Indoor Roaster!!
And if all else fails, adults, you need to seriously consider this drink - S'Moretinis
(FYI: This post was originally published in 2012, and has been updated to maintain accuracy and be informative as possible).
"S’more" (CC BY 2.0) by smith_family