Milk chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers are all fairly mundane, if tasty, treats. But when they’re all melted together, something magical happens, and one of the all-time great culinary inventions emerges: s’mores. Here’s our list of 10 foods that we wish were s’mores-flavored.
The exact origins of s’mores, like stories that are told around the campfire, are rather mysterious. The word appears to be a contraction of the words “some more,” but in the earliest recipe, found in a 1927 edition of Tramping & Trailing with the Girl Scouts, it’s still referred to as a s’more. While nobody knows exactly when s’mores were invented, one thing is for certain: They’re a perfect food.
S’mores aren’t just a perfect food because they taste good; they’re also a fully immersive culinary experience. Sitting around a campfire with friends, loading a marshmallow onto the end of a perfect twig, holding it out over the fire and watching it brown until it’s just right (while making sure that it doesn’t completely melt and fall off), pulling it off between two graham crackers with a square of Hershey’s chocolate in the middle, and taking that first bite is a transcendent culinary experience. For many kids, it’s their first experience with cooking with fire, and adults who recreate the experience find that (as opposed to most kid-friendly activities) it doesn’t lose any of its luster as we get older.
That legendary s’more flavor, especially if you’ve got some of that smoky marshmallow char going on, is a whole lot more than just the sum of its parts. And while there’s no real way to replicate the experience of making s’mores (making them in the microwave comes close, but not really) without a campfire, that flavor is one that’s universally delicious. Today there’s s’mores ice cream, s’mores Pop-Tarts, s’mores Oreos, s’mores vodka, s’mores Krave cereal, s’mores Goldfish, s’mores frosting, and s’mores-flavored coffee, but there’s no reason to stop there. Here are 10 more s’mores-flavored foods that someone needs to invent, stat.