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Thursday, January 11, 2018

SMORES


SMORES
What the heck is it about Smores?  I’ve never had a Smore, probably because I never went camping.  I have yet to meet a person who does not like Smores.  The mere mention of Smores and people get excited.  They love them, everyone loves them.

And yet…

Can you buy Smores anywhere?  Not really.  There are fake Smores, Simulated Smores, Smore like desserts and kits to make your own Smores, but no one sells actual Smores.  I have never been to a restaurant that offers Smores for dessert.

There are about one million different cookies, brownies and biscuit products for sale at any given grocery store, but no Smores.  Here is a treat that just the mention has people excited and no entrepreneur has decided to manufacture the damn things and make a fortune.

Why, I have to ask, why?

Clearly because no one really likes to eat them.  If they were really good eating, someone would make, package and sell millions of them, but they don’t, because they are sloppy to eat and not all that good.

Smores represent camping, they represent the memory of sitting around a fire and melting chocolate and marshmallows and mashing them between graham crackers to make a sandwich called a Smore.

I’ve seen them slapped together around a backyard fire, and grown humans who remembered their camping fun, eagerly making a Smore.  I don’t recall anyone eating two.

Smores suck as a treat.  There are a zillion desserts that are better than any Smore will ever be. 

It is not the Smore that gets people excited, it is the memory of camping and campfires that gets them excited.  Smores are a camping tradition.  I get it.  They are fun.  I get it.

Candy corns and Peeps are disgusting, except around Halloween.  Jelly beans are disgusting, except at Easter.  Fruitcake is…bad example, fruitcake is delicious and should be served all year, not just around Christmas.

So, I’m sorry if I denigrated a great American camping tradition.  If you have the opportunity, slap those ingredients together and make yourself a Smore…enjoy the memory, enjoy the tradition. 

I think my real dislike of the Smore goes to hearing that friggin purple dinosaur singing about them when my kids were glued to TV Barney.

To most, Smores equate to camping and fun.  To me they represent a singing dancing annoying dinosaur planting an earworm in my head.

I hated Barney, I hate Smores…without ever eating one.

22 comments:

  1. I've never tried Smores and never been camping. I think I'm the lucky one.

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  2. I don't think we have smores in the UK. I could be wrong but it doesn't matter, so long as I have fruit cake I'm satisfied.

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  3. Smores ??? what on earth are they? never heard of them over here in uk.
    Briony
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  4. How odd, I don't recall Barney doing anything w/s'mores. I would think they would be hard to eat, hard graham cracker and gooey marshmallow, Um ... like moon pies.

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  5. Well, I've always hated camping, but I LOVE Smores! When craving one, I will make it in the microwave, but it's not the same without the crispy crust on the marshmallow.

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  6. I have never had a Smore even though I have camped ad nauseum with the hubs and the young one. We roasted marshmallows once or twice just to say we did it...also a highly over rated treat. I'm with you, pass the fruitcake.

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  7. I've not had any, but I don't want to either. Not my cup of tea so to speak. I'm not the camping kind of person unless it's on a boat. I'll do the boat, but not tent camping. Did that one time and that was one time too many.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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  8. I've never camped, nor do I have any intention of ever camping, but I like the toasted marshmallows. I don't like chocolate, so I've never had a real Smore, but I will toast marshmallows any time I have the chance to.

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  9. I'm with you Joe on everything including Barney, Smores are OK but I'd a whole lot rather eat fruitcake, how about we replace smores with fruitcake...I'd go for that.

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  10. Bunch of citified weenies. ;-) If I was still a kid and didn't mind gooey melted chocolate and marshmallow stuck to my face so much (and not concerned about calories so much) I would have smores often. They are great made in the microwave but still lack the "crispy crust on the marshmallow" as Bijoux mentioned. Still, you're right about the ambiance of outdoors, freedom, and FIRE adding to the enjoyment.

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  11. Well, now you know someone who hate s'mores. The very thought makes my stomach lurch. Sickeningly sweet. I have camped a lot. I prefer cheese and wine when sitting by the campfire.

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    1. Hmmm...cheese and wine, maybe camping's not so bad!

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  12. I believe I had smores as a kid but I hate camping. Last time I camped we heard gunshots in the night. And there are curious bears out there, too. My idea of camping is maybe a nice room in a Holiday Inn with a color tv!

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  13. I've had a smore. It was "meh" at best. So tell me....who do you keep passing the fruitcake back and forth with? Surely there can't be more than one. ;)

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    1. So you're an anti-fruitcakeite huh! Well the fruitcake stops here, it is my absolute favorite dessert!

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  14. My Nana taught me to make S'mores in the oven, and they are delightful. The problem with marketing them is twofold. They really do taste best when the marshmallow is roasted over a fire, and they are only good when they are fresh and hot. Selling a kit to make them at home would be silly, you can just buy the ingredients cheaper than a kit would be.

    Yes, i used to enjoy more than one (and still would if i wasn't determined to strictly limit sugar, my addiction). Yes, i like a good fruitcake, too. No, i never heard Barney sing about them

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    1. You asked for it, listen at your own peril:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRxqqzfsmk0

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  15. Jelly beans disgusting? Surely, you jest!!

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  16. "Jelly beans disgusting? Surely, you jest!!"

    No, I'm not kidding; and don't call me Surely/Shirley.

    Paul L. Quandt

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  17. I'm an outdoor gal. My dad raised me to be out in nature and the only way to truly enjoy nature is to hike and camp. Smores? I hate them. Way too sweet for me. We have a family weenie roast at our house in the fall and I include smores because more people like making them than eating them. My step daughter is the only one who loves them. She will chowdown on several. I only eat the hershey choc bar.

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  18. I've never had a S'more, because they're messy. I prefer my marshmallows plain. They make giant square marshmallows, you know, just for S'Mores. You can roast them over the fire, peel off the toasted layer, roast them some more (S'MORE!) and do it again. Several times.

    For those bemoaning the fact that marshmallows are not the same without a campfire...you can roast them over your stove burner, you know! All it takes is a long fork with a wooden handle. Or a regular fork with an oven mitt. Works for electric AND gas burners.

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  19. I've had S'mores and they are so sweet and sugary they hurt my teeth. And my teeth are used to a lot of sugar!

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