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We Found the First-Ever S’mores Recipe in a 1927 Girl Scout Handbook

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A Girl Scout troop leader popularized the iconic campfire treat, which used to be known as ‘some mores’

You don’t know the origin story of s’mores? You’re killing me, Smalls! We stumbled upon the first known written recipe for s’mores, which was originated by the Girl Scouts and published in a 1927 Girl Scout handbook.

Although the exact inventor of the popular chocolate/graham cracker/marshmallow treat combination is unknown, the sweet was certainly popularized by Loretta Scott Crew, a Girl Scout leader who wrote the recipe for “some mores.” (Their name wasn’t shortened to “s’mores” until the 1970s.)

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The exact recipe calls for 16 graham crackers, 8 bars of plain chocolate, and 16 marshmallows. However, the guide does warn the girls to restrict their sweets intake, saying, “though it tastes like ‘some more,’ one is really enough,” reminding us that this recipe is 88 years old.

If you’re looking to spice up this summertime classic, check out our s’mores-inspired recipes that you can make without a campfire, and search our site for other amazing ways to serve s’mores (like using Peeps marshmallows for extra color!).