Happy 4th of July to all the Americans out there! When I proposed the challenge for America Day, I didn’t really have any idea what to make. My mind wandered around the possibilities, but most things ultimately originated from somewhere else. about 10 foods only America could have invented and that is when I knew I wanted to make S’mores.
For those of you who have never been a Girl Scout, gone camping, or browsed the Pop Tart section of your supermarket, a S’more consists of roasted marshmallow and pieces of chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers. I can honestly say, I haven’t had a S’more in 10 – 15 years, but my husband and I are going to take our daughters camping and I couldn’t imagine not making S’mores and telling ghost stories around a campfire under the stars. These are childhood rights of passage that are intrinsically American.
Because the ancient egyptians beat us to it, American’s can not take credit for the invention of the marshmallow, but we can pat ourselves on the back for creating the process that give commercial marshmallows that signature cylindrical shape and mass market appeal. I mean who but the American’s can devise one of the most beloved villains out of a sweet sticky confection. You know who I am talking about… Ghostbuster’s Stay Pufted Marshmallow Man
We can however stick a feather in our cap for the Graham Cracker, a bible-biscut creation by Reverend Sylvester Graham, to help eliminate sexual desires by eating bland food. While they have no real purpose today, except for making S’Mores and pie crust, they are American nonetheless.
The recipe for S’Mores is easy and straight forward, which is why I took the time to make my ingredients rather than use the packaged variety.
Roast the marshmallows till they are caramelized and soft.