National holidays that celebrate food might be arbitrary — but they’re also delicious, so most people are willing to let that slide.
As August 10 is National S’mores Day, dessert-lovers across the country are taking the opportunity to treat themselves to graham crackers, melted marshmallows, and chocolate in whatever form they can get their hands on.
But since it’s a Thursday, it’s unlikely most people will find themselves in front of a campfire. Luckily, restaurants, bars, and bakeries across the US have found creative ways to put twists on the treat, serving it up in some more expected ways — like s’mores-flavored cupcakes, macarons, and ice cream — and also much more surprising ones, like burgers, sushi, and fries.
Yes please! Restaurants across the US are offering twists on s’mores — which make especially perfect snacks today, National S’mores Day
Crispy goodness: Sticky’s Finger Joint in New York City has s’mores Fresh fries
Yum! The fries are topped with marshmallow sauce — much like sweet potatoes often are — and finished with graham crackers and chocolate
S’mores French Fries at Sticky’s Finger Join in New York City
Sweet potatoes often get the melted marshmallow treatment — so, really, why not regular potatoes?
Sticky’s Finger Joint in New York City is locally famous for its creative chicken finger options. One popular flavor is Salted Caramel Pretzel, with a sweet fried caramel breading.
Finding success in the sweet chicken treat, it’s no wonder the restaurant introduced sweet fries, too. The regular Fresh fries are topped with marshmallow sauce, chocolate syrup, and sprinkles of chopped up graham cracker.
Take a bite! Nosh in Portland has a s’mores burger on the menu
Sweet! It’s made with a brioche bun and no meat. Instead, there’s ice cream and Nutella
S’mores Burger at Nosh in Portland, Oregon
To be clear, Nosh’s S’mores Burger isn’t technically a burger, in that it’s not actually made with meat — but then again, neither is a veggie burger.
This version does include a bun, though — a brioche one — which sandwiches a scoop of ice cream, toasted marshmallows, and Nutella, making it a s’mores burger-ice cream sundae hybrid.
It also has dolce de leche and bacon dust.
Hold the guac! SmokeHouse Tailgate Grill in New Rochelle, New York is one of several eateries to offer s’mores nachos
DIY: The dish, which includes toasted marshmallows and chocolate syrup, is popular to make at home, too
S’mores Nachos at SmokeHouse Tailgate Grill in New Rochelle, NY
Much like graham crackers, a good tortilla trip is really the perfect neutral vehicle for just about anything.
True, it’s usually topped with more savory fare like salsa, guacamole, cheese, and sour cream.
But SmokeHouse Tailgate Grill in New Rochelle, New York — just north of Manhattan — has proven that the chips can be just as popular with sweet toppings like toasted marshmallows and chocolate sauce.
Instagrammers are also fond of making this treat at home, since it only requires a quick pop in the oven.
Slice me: Dough Girl in southern California has a dessert pizza with s’mores ingredients
Dough Girl in southern California has two sweet pizzas on the menu — the Fruit Pie topped with watermelon and berries and, of course, the s’mores option.
The crust of this treat is topped with marshmallows, Hershey’s chocolate, and graham cracker crumble — and just in case there wasn’t enough chocolate, they add Nutella, too.
In fact, quite a few pizzerias across the US have s’mores-themed pies, and Pizza Hut even introduced its own s’mores concoction in 2016 — except, oddly, it was a s’mores cookie, not pizza.
Dessert for breakfast: Mixed Company in Angelino Heights, California sells a s’mores croissant
Nom nom: The sliced breakfast pastry is topped with marshmallow and chocolate
S’mores Croissant at Mixed Componay in Angelino Heights,CA
Mixed Company in Angelino Heights, California figured out a way to make s’mores an acceptable breakfast food: They combined it with a croissant.
Since most breakfast pastries are arguably desserts anyway, this is a perfect fit. The croissant is slice in half, filled wish marshmallow sauce, and then topped with even more drippy marshmallow goodness.
The top is also sprinkled with graham crackers and drizzled with chocolate.
Brilliant: Social Fusion Kitchen in San Mateo, California makes a s’mores sushi
All the rolls! They use marshmallow rice krispies instead of cooked rice for the treat
S’mores Sushi at Social Fusion Kitchen in San Mateo, CA
This Japanese restaurant keeps right on theme, even when it comes to the dessert. Instead of offering up ice cream tempura or mochi, though, Social Fusion Kitchen has dessert sushi.
In addition to Strawberry & Nutella Egg Rolls, the restaurant has S’more Sushi Krispies — which are made with neither fish nor seaweed.
The rolls substitute marshmallow rice krispies for cooked rice — a brilliant trade — and fill them with chocolate and drizzling more on top.
No need to go out! Companies like Edwards have s’mores desserts that can be brought home
Want! The S’mores Crème Pie is made with Hershey’s chocolate, a graham cracker crust, and toasted marshmallow meringue
S’mores Crème Pie from Edwards, nationwide
While s’mores-themed treats can be found in most US cities, it’s also not necessary to go out to eat to enjoy them.
Food brands have launched s’mores-flavored vodka, coffee syrup, pudding, yogurt, breakfast bars, pretzels, and even protein powder.
Edwards also has a S’mores Crème Pie, which is made — naturally — with a graham cracker crust, a Hershey’s chocolate filling dotted with more graham cracker pieces, and a toasted marshmallow meringue on top.
‘Our twist on the classic treat, no campfire needed,’ says the brand.
S’MORE TRIVIA, PLEASE
Stop sex with graham crackers?
Graham crackers are the perfect vehicle for melted marshmallows and chocolate — but they were actually first whipped up as part of a cure for lust.
Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham believed eating meat and fat made people sinfully sexual and advocated for a vegetarian diet. He invented ‘Graham bread’ in 1829 as part of this diet.
The first one was literally called a Some More
S’mores originally went by the clunkier name ‘Some Mores’ when the Girl Scouts published a recipe for them in their 1935 handbook.
The biggest s’more ever, according to The Guinness World Records, was made of 140 pounds of marshmallows, 90 pounds of chocolate, and 90 pounds of graham crackers.
A regional specialty?
According to poll conducted by Hershey’s, Honey Maid, and Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows in 2015, s’mores are much more popular in the Northeast than the Midwest.
In fact, while 85 per cent of Northeasterners have tried the treat, only 55 per cent of Midwesterners have.