S'Mores? Calling Bull*hit.

A preposterious postre

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By David Hammond

The idea behind S'Mores, as I have understood it since my days in Boy Scouts, is that the fire-toasted marshmallow softens or perhaps even melts the chocolate between the Graham crackers to create a gooey mess of deliciousness only an adolescent could truly love. Problem is, this never works, and here's why:

You cannot possibly get a marshmallow hot enough to melt the chocolate.

Or do I misunderstand: is softening the chocolate not part of it? Of course it is. But because the chocolate usually doesn't even soften, what you get is a hard, waxy hunk of second-rate chocolate cushioned by a usually a more-or-less charred marshmallow between two grahams.

The whole idea of this preposterous postre is to make a campfire dessert by using the last of the glowing embers to deliver the final course. Unfortunately, s'mores make little sense to me…though I do like the idea of preparing dessert over an open fire. I know Hershey's chocolate is the default ingredient for this outdoor treat, but perhaps if the Grahams were spread with Nutella, or some other already soft chocolate, the result would be more satisfying. As it is, the three ingredients never quite seem to come together.

I know the S'more is a much beloved summer treat, but I suspect it's likely a "tradition" generated in the Hershey/Nabisco/Kraft marketing departments, and so, reluctantly I say, S'more, me to you, I'm calling bull*hit.

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David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 30th, 2013 2:34 PM

Do you think so, Joe (smile)? If you try the Nutella, I'd like to hear how it worked. It'd have to better than a waxy block of Hershey's.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: July 30th, 2013 1:48 PM

most likely a typo for no one. I like the idea with replacing the chocolate with nutella though. sounds good! Maybe this weekend I'll get fancy and make some apricot flavored marshmallows to go with my nutella smores.

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 30th, 2013 11:28 AM

Thanks, Joe. Terna, who's noyone?

joe from south oak park  

Posted: July 30th, 2013 11:13 AM

you have to be the first person that I've ever heard of that doesn't like smores without a food allergy to one of the ingredients.

terna from river forest  

Posted: July 30th, 2013 9:34 AM

noyone cares what u think about smores anyway p.s. bad article

Food Lover  

Posted: July 25th, 2013 11:24 AM

Could the Wednesday Journal please bring back Frank Chlumsky already? Instead of these cutesy, expletive-laden brain farts, he actually wrote about food, and you could tell he actually cared about food too.

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