In the USA today, August 10, 2009, it is another fun "holiday" that has to do with chocolate: National Smores Day. Your Chocolate Priestess first encountered smores out camping with her family many years ago. That isn't surprising given the history of this treat.
Various websources claim different dates for the creation of smores but all agree it was the Girl Scouts which first published a recipe for the campfire treat between 1927 and 1940. Sisters and Brothers, this must mean that it had become a feature of enough girl scouting events to merit inclusion in the official handbook. The creation of camp fire smores is simple -- roast a marshmallow then place it between one piece of chocolate and two graham crackers. This allows for each individual to get exactly what she wants whether its a barely warm center or blacken chunk of sugary goo. Today you can even choose between flavors of graham crackers and percentages of cocoa in your chocolate as well as type of marshmallow and it's color.
Your Chocolate Priestess was a Girl Scout for several years before her local community became too small to support the troop and we always made Smores when we went camping. But my first exposure was family camping so this treat has become a mainstream of American culture I'd say, at least those Americans who go camping which according to a few different polls I found is about 20% of all Americans every year making camping the number one outdoors activity in America. Thought about another way, we Americans sure don't like to go outside for long periods of time, do we? For me, that has to do with allergies and not any dislike for Mother Nature.
Today if you aren't out camping or have access to a fire you can toast a marshmallow over you have many options for smores. If you consider smores simply to be anything that has the three ingredients: chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows, the possibilities are almost endless. A quick search via Google and I found recipes for cakes, brownies, bars, cookies, ice cream, cupcakes, pies, and even alcoholic drinks. Of course all those recipes can be made at home or you can go to almost any grocery store and many restaurants and find smore treats in some form.
In all honesty, there is really is no excuse not to enjoy a smore of some type today, Sisters and Brothers. So leave a comment and tell me how you enjoyed smores today.
Tomorrow I will be introducing you all to our two postulants for the position of Chocolate Coconut Acolyte. Each will offer you a five paragraph review of the Sacred Tasting Trial they suffered through on Friday and then each of you should vote for the one you feel can offer The Chocolate Cult the best guiding view on chocolate and coconut. Voting will only last for three days -- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday -- and I'll announce our newest spiritual leader for our Path.
Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.