Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Falling in love with s'mores (and how s'mores can turn you into Gollum)

Now, I know what you all are thinking after reading the title: you are thinking "what?". Half of you, the American half, will probably wonder why I should fall in love with s'mores at 37 years of age. The other non-American half will be saying "what the hell is a s'more?".

Simply put, s'mores are one of the best things that America ever invented. There is no other way to put it. It sits below the hamburger in the scale of things simply because I don't have such a sweet tooth, but man, are these things good! And I don't understand why they haven't been exported to the Old Continent.

According to wikipedia, s'mores are a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham crackers.
Careful - this thing can turn you into Gollum shouting my precious...
Basically what you do is you put a marshmallow on a stick (do you remember the US obsession with food on a stick?), you stick it in a camping fire, or - failing that - on a barbeque. When it starts to melt, you put it in between two crackers with chocolate, and you have bought yourself a ticket to paradise.

If your mouth is not salivating by now, you have no heart.

Indoor s'mores. Pretty ingenious 

I had never tried s'mores. Hell, I had only tried marshmallows on a couple of occasions while traveling to the US (you do find marshmallows in the UK and in Belgium, but not in Italy). I wasn't a fan: too sweet for me. Although I still remember that marshmallow milkshake in a San Diego diner many years ago...

But s'mores? OMG, give me more! They are addictive. I had them the other night, indoor, in a place that serves you all the things you need to roast your s'mores while sitting on a sofa. I only had two...and I could barely contain myself from turning into Gollum from the Lord of the rings, jumping on the table, swooshing away the friends I was with while shouting "we needs it...we wants it...must have my precious".


The Tuscan Foodie after tasting s'mores for the first time

My wife tells me that you can put a reese peanut butter cup instead of the normal chocolate. And somebody told me that there exists a version with nutella.

I am drooling even as I type these words...too bad summer is over.

9 comments:

mud said...

I tried s0mores this year (in italy!) with original marshmallows and oro saiwa cookies and I didn't like them so much.

good but meh, what people love about them?

Tuscan foodie in America said...

mud, welcome and thank you for your comments!

Mmm, oro saiwa cookies are not like graham crackers: the graham are thicker, more resistant and have a different texture and taste!

You have to try them with the real thing...

I guess it is one of those things that remind Americans of when they were little and used to camp during the summer. It must be also an emotional thing.

Speculoosaddict said...

I like the original recipe but they would taste even better with speculoos instead of graham crackers. But then EVERYTHING tastes better with speculoos... [I'm not biased at all]

Tuscan foodie in America said...

I tend to disagree on this one: I am afraid that the speculoos being much sweeter could turn the s'more into something way too sweet.

But I am happy to try, in the name of science.

Tarryn Tomlinson said...

I don't have much of a sweet tooth and I am getting toothache just thinking about it! Ma ti fido, sono sicuro che รจ buooono!!

Tuscan foodie in America said...

Hello Tarryn, welcome and thank you for your comment. Believe me: they are GOOD.

via said...

I’ll chime in as an American: s’mores are absolutely delicious. Now you’ve got to try them the way they were intended, around a campfire, the marshmellow roasting on a stick, blackened and crisp on the outside and all gooey inside, sitting on top of a broken chunk of a Hershey’s chocolate bar, sandwiched between two graham crackers.

Tuscan foodie in America said...

Hi via, welcome! I am adding your blog to my blogroll, because I am always up to discover new things in Chicago!

And yes, next year I will have to make sure I get the real deal with s'mores

MandiCrocker said...

At the bottom of this long-winded blog is a recipe for s'mores deliciousness!!! :)

http://mandicrocker.blogspot.com/2011/01/rip-christmas-hello-valentines-day.html

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