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The Art & Science of Smores

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF SMORES The Perfect Group Camping Treat S'MORE HISTORY Believed to be a contraction of the phrase, "some more," s'mores are indeed an irresistible treat. Packable and perfect for large groups, this ubiquitous group camping dessert sandwich is credited to Loretta S'MORE 3-STEP TECHNIQUE: Scott Crew, in the 1927 publication of Tramping and Trailing with the Giri Scouts. Thanks to their perforations, the 1) shape of modern graham crackers make them the ideal plate on which to Graham crackers were originally developed as a health food in 1829 by Rev. Sylvester Graham. lay the chocolate. We can thank Coenraad Johannes van Houten for his OO 19th century discovery of the "Dutch process," which Joseph Fry then used in 1847 Square or rectangular, the shape of the chocolate pieces are just the right fit atop the graham cracker. to create firm sweet bars of chocolate. A cylindrical extrusion process invented by Alex Doumak in 1948 gives marshmallows their s'mores-friendly shape. After being roasted over an open fire to a golden brown or charcoal black, the hot marshmallow melts the chocolate and secures the sandwich. S'MORE SCIENCE: MARSHMALLOW ROASTING SCALE THE ETERNAL QUESTION: GLOWING EMBERS OR FLAME? AFLAME BLACKENED Allowing your campfire to mellow to a mound of glowing embers will heat the marshmallow throughout for a hot creamy texture, sealed with a light brown crust. WELL DONE MEDIUM A young dancing flame will quickly sear the marshmallow coating, keeping the interior cool and firm. MEDIUM RARE RARE Both styles allow for the "Russian matryoshka dolr" technique of re-cooking the marshmallow after pulling off the coating after each roast. 02 03 ROASTING TIME IN MINUTES S'MORE VARIETY: • Use colored or flavored marshmallows • Use peanut butter cups in place of the chocolate • Use flavored graham crackers, such as cinnamon • Apply a layer of peanut butter to the graham cracker • Use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate • Add a layer of fresh-picked blueberries or raspberries S'MORE SURVIVAL CHECKLIST: O Graham crackers O Chocolate O Marshmallows O Rolla Roaster, old tent pole or sharpened stick O Kindling and firewood O REI Stormproof Matches Get more great group camping tips and expert advice at REI.com/family-camping

The Art & Science of Smores

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A group of REI sweet tooths has put together what is perhaps the definitive infographic on s'mores.

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