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Girl Scouts Stroll Down a Memory Lane Full of Melted Chocolate and Roasted Marshmallows
Roasted marshmallows melting Hershey Chocolate squares sandwiched between graham crackers is the recipe for Girl Scouts’ favorite treat known as S’mores. This Girl Scout treat and tradition dates back to the early 1920s. Although there is no one named in history that created the gooey goodness, the 1927 Girl Scout Handbook was the first documentation of the recipe and it has been a campfire companion for decades. On August 10, Girl Scouts everywhere celebrate National S’mores Day.
Thora Qaddumi, special sections editor for the Houston Business Journal, shares her S’mores memories of growing up in Oregon. She went to Camp Cleawox every summer. The camp was located on a peninsula in a lake and was accessible by boat. It was a two-mile hike across the sand dunes to the Pacific Ocean. Qaddumi recalls her Girl Scout S’mores memories dating back to the 1950s.
“Even in summer, it was almost always cold and rainy -- sweatshirt weather,” said Qaddumi. “There's nothing like struggling to get a flame going with wet wood and soggy moss, seeing it turn into a roaring fire and then waiting for it to die down enough to have glowing embers, ready for making S'mores.” She would find a long twig and sharpen the end, and then locate a spot for her "sit-upon" which was a stack of newspapers covered in plastic.
“Then I would concentrate on toasting my marshmallow to the perfect degree of softness - mushy inside, golden brown on the outside,” she recalled. “If you avoided having it catch on fire and turn into charcoal or melt into a glob and fall into the fire, you could insert it between two graham crackers with four squares of a Hershey Chocolate Bar, squeeze the crackers together and pull out the stick.”
Qaddumi remembers the hot marshmallow melting the chocolate just enough to make it soft without losing its form. “After the S'mores came singing, with the warm, glowing fire taking the edge off of the chill. It's a memory I treasure,” she said.
Today’s Girl Scouts are making tomorrow’s memories. Troop # 28010 enjoys making S’mores together. “I love to make S'mores at camp by the outdoor fire,” said Brownie Karrington H., age 8. “I can’t wait for the chocolate to melt with the marshmallow because it's so creamy.”
The name of this chocolate and marshmallow treat was derived from the response of the girls asking for “some more.” Today S’mores are enjoyed at Girl Scout campfires around the world as Daisies, Brownies and Girl Scouts everywhere celebrate National S’mores Day.
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