'Smores - is it me?

(35 Posts)
MummyPigsFatTummy Tue 25-Jun-13 10:14:31

I downloaded a US camp cooking book recently and found a recipe for 'smores. I thought they would be fab round the fire this weekend. As I have no idea what a Graham Cracker is, I peered closely at the black and white print-out of the book, and thought they looked a bit like square digestives, so that is what I used. I sandwiched marshmallows and Dairy Milk between two digestives, wrapped it all in foil and put them in the embers round the edge of the fire.

The digestives burnt to a bitter black crisp and the rest stayed pretty much uncooked - does anyone know what I was doing wrong? (In the end we left them in the fire until the digestives were completely black and ate the by then melted chocolate/marshmallow centres - yummy.)

SugarMiceInTheRain Tue 25-Jun-13 10:18:01

Nononono, IME you make smores by toasting the marshmallow then sandwiching the hot marshmallow along with a square or two of chocolate between 2 digestive biscuits. Mmmmmm (happy memories of scoffing smores as a teenager on camp!)

MummyPigsFatTummy Tue 25-Jun-13 10:27:28

Oooooohhhh. Doh! That explains it - I will try again in two weeks. Thanks grin

momb Tue 25-Jun-13 10:30:00

...or be really lazy like me and use chocolate digestives and then you don't even need to breakup the dairy milk!
Don't wait two weeks: you can toast your marshmallows over tealights!

MummyPigsFatTummy Tue 25-Jun-13 10:43:51

Ooh great idea momb - tonight it is then. grin

Blu Tue 25-Jun-13 13:39:33

I have always had a resistance to 'smores
1. Because they featured heavily in those nauseating Barney the Dinosaur programes
2. Silly American name / spelling
3. They sound unweildy and impractical - as soon as you take one bite, the biscuit will break up, big chunks of choc don't go between two biscuits, etc
4. More feelings about over-conscious adoption of American habits, like Proms and calling the car park the 'parking lot'.
5. They digestivbe biscuits - not Graham Crackers, or 'crackers' of any bloody kind!

AIBU?

DonutForMyself Tue 25-Jun-13 13:48:07

I use choccy digestives too, but agree that by the time you sandwich three melting marshmallows in between and take a bite, the whole lot falls apart and the gooey marshmallows ooze out of the back! Perhaps stick to one or two marshmallows and don't be greedy like me

shirazplease Tue 25-Jun-13 13:59:07

My fave campfire treat at Guides was slice a banana down the middle (but not all the way through) stuff with marshmallows and choc buttons, wrap in foil and chuck in the embers.

Wait a little while for it to turn to a sweet and sickly mush. NOM NOM!

MadCap Tue 25-Jun-13 14:05:12

Blu Graham crackers are nothing like digestives. They're a honey flavoured cracker that is no way at all like a digestive. I've yet to find anything in the UK that's comparable.

That said they do alot of the same jobs (bases for cheesecakes etc)

notso Tue 25-Jun-13 14:17:15

Is a Graham Cracker like a Golden Graham but bigger MadCap?
Thats how I imagine them to be but when you google everyone says the equivalent is the tedious digestive.

MadCap Tue 25-Jun-13 14:23:03

Notso Yes it is. They also have nice perforated lines for ease of breaking into squares. They are usually the size of ryvitas. So one cracker, broken in half is perfect for a s'more.

MadCap Tue 25-Jun-13 14:24:26

I'm pretty sure, though, could be wrong that s'mores were invented by the girl scouts.

notso Tue 25-Jun-13 14:32:49

Yay, I knew they weren't like digestives.

Blu YABabitU though not about Barney <<shudder>> and I don't know anyone British who says Parking Lot! Embrace the s'more!

MummyPigsFatTummy Tue 25-Jun-13 14:53:10

Well I certianly agree with Blu that, from my limited experience, they are unwieldy and impractical. Perhaps Grahams Crackers stand up to more abuse. Our digestives broke up at the first hint of being pressed into silver foil, let alone anyone actually taking a bite.

I am still going to try them again but following SugarMice/Momb's suggestions this time.

Shiraztastic Tue 25-Jun-13 15:00:25

S'mores are amazing. But you need actual Hershey's and graham crackers.

That said, a melted marshmallow between sme dark choc digestives does sound quite yummy...

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 25-Jun-13 15:04:22

Yes, embrace the s'more but they are easier with chocolate digestives.

Blu Tue 25-Jun-13 19:28:02

HERSHEY's? You seriously wnat us to introduce HERSHEY's to our Uk Campfire tradition? Dear God, Barney, Hershey's - all revolting.

And I saw someone on a v recent MN parking thread going on about outrage in the 'parking lot'.

I yearn for the kind of campsites that are routine in the National parks. Great areas of wilderness, the great Lakes, many aspects of the geat American Outdoors. I love the pie irons, the grandpa's toasting forks, The Appalachian Trail, The Smokey Mountains... but Barney and the worst brand of choc in the world? No, no, no!

happyhorse Tue 25-Jun-13 19:36:31

Is Hershey's even chocolate? It's more like weird brown chalk, in taste and consistency. Just eat cake when camping. Nice and easy and goes much better with wine.

Shiraztastic Tue 25-Jun-13 19:41:54

But s'mores are American... so rightly made with the US ingredients.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 25-Jun-13 20:51:38

I think we are advocating an anglicised sort of s'more, Shiraz.

::best of both worlds emoticon::

MummyMastodon Tue 25-Jun-13 20:53:47

Sounds like a Wagon Wheel. Have a Wagon Wheel.

thoughtsbecomethings Tue 25-Jun-13 20:56:50

They are soo good grin

MummyPigsFatTummy Tue 25-Jun-13 21:01:23

Yuk wagon wheels.Do they still make them? Vile.

I don't even like marshmallows, never mind Hersheys. Not sure why I tried to make snores now.

Perhaps I will stick to brownies next time.

ChablisLover Tue 25-Jun-13 21:04:34

I cheat when not camping - you can also do them in the microwave

Sandwich it all together and give it a spin.

To get graham crackers have you tired American sweets online. They are based in aldershot and Guildford and do the best range of American foods ime

DrinkFeckArseGirls Tue 25-Jun-13 21:06:07

Sorry, that sounds vile. And I only know the term thanks to watching Will and Grace. Episode with Demi Moore.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 25-Jun-13 21:07:27

Yes, yuk to wagon wheels.

I'm a Brownie leader and s'mores are a big part of our summer.

chicaguapa Tue 25-Jun-13 21:11:13

We were at a campsite a few weeks ago where the site manager had been in America for a number of years. He did smores with chocolate covered malted milks. Probably for the shape but DC said they were delicious (we usually use chocolate digestives). The key is to make sure the marshmallow is gooey IMO and not to put more than one in.

wintersdawn Tue 25-Jun-13 21:15:34

Yes to the microwave. Digestives + marshmallows + chocolate buttons + 30 sec blast = yummy smile

MummyPigsFatTummy Tue 25-Jun-13 21:56:29

Hmmm chicaguapa. That might explain my problem partly. Perhaps 3 marshmallows and 4 squares of dairy milk may have been overkill

Iaintdunnuffink Mon 01-Jul-13 19:58:01

Chocolate Hob Nobs is the way to go. Oh yes.

MacaYoniandCheese Mon 01-Jul-13 20:04:30

We always do s'mores with Cadbury (or sometimes Green and Black's). Hershey's is nasty. Yes, they have a stupid name but people are very sentimental about them here as they are linked to childhood memories of summer camp. Happy Days smile.

MacaYoniandCheese Mon 01-Jul-13 20:07:34

I would also argue that the name 'S'more' is no sillier than your 'moreish' <dual-citizen so am allowed to make this observation>.

SalomeD Mon 01-Jul-13 20:16:09

I bought a very kitsch US campfire cookery book recently in TKMaxx (never seem to be able to leave there without buying a cookery book).

There's a recipe in it for Graham Crackers!

How do you link on here to a Word document? if someone could give me a clue I'd happily type it up to share.

I'm with iaintdunnuffick - choc hob nobs all the way! Just stick a melted marshmallow between 2 and jobs a good un!

I also do banana and chocolate like shiraz and chic orange cake - cut top off an orange, hollow out and full with choc cake mix (I cheat and use packet one), replace top, wrap in foil and cook in camp fire. Yum.

MummyPigsFatTummy Mon 01-Jul-13 23:10:52

Oooh YellowDinosaur - chic orange cake. I forgot that - we did it on a camp recently, although with a plain cake mix rather than chocolate. They were yummy but for 11 people, we ended up with so much orange scooped out it seemed like a shocking waste (we ate as much as we could, but that is a hell of a lot of orange).

We are off sgain this weekend - chocolate hob nob smores it is!

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