Modern graham crackers

Graham Crackers

Although we try to limit sweets when our grandchildren are visiting to one sweet treat a day – a lollipop from the butcher or banker, a sweet roll or cookie at the farmer’s market, ice cream after dinner, honey in their yoghurt – the grandchildren know the cupboard where we keep treats.

So, perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised when my grandson pulled out a box of graham crackers and a bag of miniature marshmallows. “Can we make S’mores?”

That campfire treat.

That childhood memory.

That easy, melt-in-your-mouth delight.

How do you make S’mores and why are they called that funny name?

S’more stands for  “some more.”

No one knows where the dish comes from, but a recipe was first published in a Girl Scout publication in 1927.

My grandson had found a recipe on the back of the graham cracker box that did not require roasting marshmallows over an open fire. They suggested pouring melted butter and brown sugar over graham crackers first, and baking them in an oven for a few minutes.

But, that is way too much sugar, and not necessary.

What we ended up doing was far simpler.

  1. Cover graham cracker with miniature marshmallows and chocolate chips
  2. Put in microwave, carefully, so the marshmallows and chips don’t roll off.
  3. Microwave until the chocolate starts to melt, 1-2 minutes.
  4. Take out carefully. The melting chocolate could burn if touched.
  5. Wait one minute for the chocolate to cool.


Doesn’t that remind you of your childhood?

What foods do you remember from childhood?

How did you spend your summers? Did you go to camp? Were you a counselor? Were you in the Cub or Boy Scouts? Girl Scouts, BlueBirds or Campfire Girls? What did you do there? What did you learn?

Do you still remember songs sung around the campfire?

Did you chase fireflies? Did you catch them? Did you put them in a jar?

How do your grandchildren spend their summers?

Have they slept outdoors in a tent yet?

Do you have a tent you could set up with them?

To summer nights under the stars with your grandchildren.

If you want to keep following this blog, you can click here or on the orange RSS feed symbol at the bottom of this post.

If you want us to send you articles about parenting and upcoming blog post subjects, please sign up for our newsletter in the upper right corner of this page.

Carol Covin, “Granny-Guru”

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers”