Get sweet on National S’mores Day
August 06, 2019
Want to savor summer in a sweet way? Then make plans to observe National S’mores Day on August 10. The perfect way to celebrate would be with s’mores, of course, and glamping in your own backyard.
Glamping, by the way, is defined as glamorous camping and it’s all about transporting yourself into a setting of fabulous outdoor fun. And, honestly, with a bit of imagination, it really isn’t that hard to do.
Here are some tips:
Add a little luxe to that ordinary tent with a drop-cloth canopy that is supported with a couple of wooden poles or a frame that you make of PVC pipe. Then drape our Courtly Check Wallpaper Pennant Banner across it.
Build a campfire at dusk and be sure to follow these tips from Smokey Bear to keep you safe. You can build a traditional campfire or use a fire pit, like our one-of-a-kind Zanzibar Fire Pit.
Comfy & cozy
To keep moisture from wicking into the covering that you put on the ground, first cover your seating spot with a tarp or plastic tablecloth, topped with a blanket. Then add cushions like our Boheme Floor Cushions, which are ideal for on-the-go comfort.
S’mores with more
Finally, about those s’mores and National S’mores Day. Did you know that this tasty treat goes back nearly a century and was popularized by the Girl Scouts in the 1920s? Traditionally, they’re made by putting a toasted marshmallow between two graham crackers and a chocolate bar. Legend has it that they got their name when someone asked for another one (some more).
There are many variations to this recipe. You can layer fruit (sliced bananas or strawberries) on top of the chocolate bar before you add the toasted marshmallow. You can also make Grilled Banana Boats or Campfire Cones. Both recipes add miniature marshmallows and chocolate chips to either a whole banana sliced vertically or to an ice cream cone. Then you wrap the banana or the cone in foil and cook it on the campfire or grill. And if your campfire gets rained out, you can make s’mores indoors and broil the marshmallows in the oven to get them golden brown.
To celebrate National S’mores Day, grownups might like to try a cocktail that incorporates toasted marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate. Here’s a recipe for a S’mores Martini. Cheers to summer and s’mores!
- 1 ounce chocolate liqueur
- 2 ounces vanilla vodka
- 1 ounce crème de cacao
- 2 ounces cream or half-and-half
- Chocolate syrup
- 2 whole graham crackers, crushed
- 2 regular marshmallows, toasted
- Dip the rim of a martini glass into chocolate syrup, then into the crushed graham crackers.
- Pour liquid ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until mixed well.
- To dress up the glass, swirl chocolate syrup inside. Refrigerate the syrup first, so it clings to the glass better.
- Pour mix from shaker into glass. Garnish with toasted marshmallows.