30 Jul
Taste of Home Celebrates National S’mores Day

NEW YORK, NY, July 30, 2015 Taste of Home, the leading multi-platform producer of information on food, cooking and entertaining, serving home cooks engaging media that capture the joy and comfort received from food made with love, will celebrate National S’mores Day on August 10. TasteofHome.com will feature contemporary s’mores recipes, including variations made with popular Girl Scout Cookies.

National S’mores Day is devoted to honoring and enjoying s’mores: the fun, delicious, and delightfully messy fireside snack. The first-known recorded version of a s’mores recipe can be found in an official Girl Scout publication from 1927 – a recipe credited to Loretta Scott Crew, who reportedly made the treats by the campfire for Girl Scouts. Originally called “some mores,” the name was eventually shortened to “s’mores,” but recipes using the longer name can be found in various Girl Scout publications through 1971.

“Today, s’mores are a quintessential American treat, and many home cooks – including Taste of Home readers – have created new and delicious recipes that build on the foundational ingredients of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate,” said Catherine Cassidy, editor-in-chief at Taste of Home. “I look forward to celebrating National S’mores Day this year with Girl Scouts and s’mores lovers of all ages who enjoy this iconic confectionary indulgence.”

“S’mores are part of Girl Scouts’ heritage; this campfire treat has brought troops together for decades,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. “But s’mores are just part of the fun girls have as members of the largest girl-led organization in the world. Through all sorts of exciting Girl Scout experiences, girls have opportunities to make new friends, try new things, and become girls of courage, confidence and character.”

As National S’mores Day approaches, Taste of Home and Girl Scouts of the USA encourage families to light a campfire, start a grill or use a microwave oven to experiment and put a modern spin on this traditional treat of rich milk chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers. And be sure to try out creative recipes like S’mores Ice Cream, from the Taste of Home Test Kitchen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Additionally, families are invited to share stories, images and s’mores recipes at facebook.com/tasteofhome and facebook.com/girlscoutsusa.com using the hashtag #NationalSmoresDay.

S’mores Ice Cream with Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot Cookies

Prep: 40 min. + freezing

1-1/2 cups whole milk 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream 1/4 cup marshmallow ice cream topping 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups miniature marshmallows 10 Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot cookies, coarsely chopped, divided

Preheat broiler. In a large bowl, whisk milk, cream, marshmallow topping and salt until blended. Arrange marshmallows in a single layer in a nonstick foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Broil 5-6 in. from heat 20-40 seconds or until golden brown. Cool slightly; freeze while processing ice cream.

Meanwhile, fill cylinder of ice cream maker no more than two-thirds full. Freeze milk mixture according to manufacturer’s directions, adding half of each of the chopped Thanks-A-Lot cookies and toasted marshmallows during the last 5 minutes of processing. (Ice cream maker may be very full.)

Transfer ice cream to freezer containers, allowing headspace for expansion. Freeze 2-4 hours or until firm. Serve with remaining Thanks-A-Lot cookies and toasted marshmallows. Yield: 2 quarts.

About Taste of Home

Taste of Home is the leading multi-platform producer of information on food, cooking and entertaining, serving home cooks engaging media that capture the joy and comfort received from food made with love. Our content is available online at TasteofHome.com and via the Taste Digital Community, with more than 39 million monthly visitors*, making these sites top destinations for kitchen-tested recipes, how-to techniques, cooking videos and lively community forums. The same engaging content can be found in Taste of Home magazine, with a circulation of 2.5 million; Simple & Delicious magazine; top-selling bookazines; newsstand specials; popular cookbooks and via digital download on iPad, mobile apps and Kindle.

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