We know who invented the sandwich. We know who invented the waffle cone. Two restaurants will argue, likely forever, about who invented the buffalo wing, and same thing with the French Dip. But the s’more, we will probably never know.
We can accurately state that the Girl Scouts first published the recipe for Some Mores in 1927, in a book called Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts (a copy of which sold on eBay for $250 in 2011). The recipe was credited to a woman named Loretta Scott Crew. The name “Some Mores” can be found in publications up until 1971, but at some point was shortened to its contracted form, s’mores.
Crew may be credited in the first publication of the recipe, but she may or may not have been the first to create it – some sources attribute the recipe to the Campfire Girls, and one site claims the name Loretta Scott Crew is a Wikipedia hoax.
An interesting thing to note: Mallomars and Moon Pies, both confections including the three S’more ingredients – graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate – were invented at least a decade before the Girl Scouts published the Some Mores recipe. Mallomars were first sold publicly in 1913, and Moon Pies, their southern counterpart, were created in 1917. The lack of documentation on all three means we’ll never know if s’mores were inspired by, or inspired, Mallomars and Moon Pies.
The largest s’more ever made weighed 1,600 pounds and used 20,000 marshmallows and 7,000 chocolate bars. That was in 2003, and the Guinness World Record category for largest s’more was retired shortly after. A larger s’more was made in 2007 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Virginia State Parks, measuring 1,936 square feet, using 55,000 graham crackers, 40,000 marshmallows and 8,000 Hershey’s chocolate bars, but was not recognized by Guinness.
National S’mores Day is August 10th. And you don’t need to know who invented the s’more to know that’s going to be a very good day.
Photo by Steve Casimiro