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Love S’mores? Then you’ll really love creative ideas brought to you by The Girl Scouts of the 1940s and our Facebook Friends. But First – A Bit of History!
S’mores are everywhere. There’s S’mores ice cream, S’mores ice cream toppings, and (God help me) S’mores cereal which should be labeled as a dessert but is not. Go to upscale restaurants and you find upscale S’mores, delivered to your table with a little jet stove for roasting. Got it? I don’t, not exactly, but they still taste good.
Regardless of its evolution, S’mores were the product of food traditions that started in the early 20th century. Two of the most influential were Combination Candy Bars and Sandwich cookies.
Tradition 1: Combination candy bars. Flat candy bars were invented by the British in the mid-1800s and adopted by Americans. Combination candy bars are different. They’re stuffed with nuts, raisins, nougats, marshmallows, and other toothsome sweets. More than delicious treats (which they were!) candy bars, including the Peanut Chew, were in the first rations during World War I; used as an “energy bar” and “inexpensive meal in a bar” in the Great Depression; and a vital source of nutrients and sugar in World War II.
Goo Goo Clusters: An Early Combination Candy Bar Tradition
Tradition 2: Soft sandwich cookies. From Victorians in England to Americans north and south, soft and squishy sandwich cookies were the rage in the first part of the 20th century and remain so today. Composed of a cookie shell and a soft cream or marshmallow center, iterations included Moon Pies, Whoopie Pies, Mallomars, Marshmallow Sandwiches (aka Fluffernutters), and, of course, S’mores. A second generation followed in the mid-1900s, with such classics as Scooter Pies.
Put Them Together and You Get… THE Girl Scouts Did the Girl Scouts REALLY invent S’mores? Yes. The Girl Scouts invented a campfire-esque cookie called “Some Mores” which appeared in the Girl Scouts of America’s 1927 book Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. The early version and the one we enjoy today (at cookouts – not in cereal) are the same.
The 1940 Girl Scout Handbook has a similar recipe for “Some Mores” that offers interesting alternatives, as well. Here are a few of them, with additional alternatives thrown in.
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