National S'mores Day is celebrated on Aug. 10 every year to recognize America's popular campfire treat, s'mores.

S'mores, also known as graham cracker sandwiches, are made with one or more toasted marshmallows, along with a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham crackers. S'more got its name from the word "some more." 

Although s'mores can fit any occasion, they became popular in the United States and Canada as the most favored campfire treat. Traditionally s'mores are made by grilling over the flame but they can also be made using an oven or a microwave.

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Here are some fun facts you may want to know before you indulge in this gooey treat next time:

  1. The first recipe of S'more was published in the Girl Scouts handbook - "Tramping and Trailing With the Girl Scouts," in 1927.
  2. The word s'more was first used in 1974 as indicated by The Merriam-Webster dictionary.
  3. Grand Rapids in Michigan is the city that records the maximum consumption of s'mores.
  4. In 2014, the world’s largest s’more weighing 267 pounds was made in Pennsylvania. It was made out of 140 pounds of marshmallows, 90 pounds of chocolate, and 90 pounds of graham crackers.
  5. It is estimated that 87% of Americans have tried a s'more and 31% of Americans make s'mores on a grill.
  6. The graham cracker was invented in 1829 by Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham in New Jersey. It was developed as a health food that was  believed  to help suppress "unhealthy carnal urges."
  7. The first marshmallows came from a plant called "Althaea officinalis" which was traditionally used by ancient Greeks and Romans as a laxative and a cure for inflammation.
  8. The first-ever marketed marshmallows were developed by the French by combining the juice of the plant with eggs and sugar beaten into a foam.
  9. The records show that Americans buy 90 million pounds of marshmallows every year and almost 50 % of them are used to make s'mores.
  10. After the invention of The Hershey Bar in 1900, it began to be used as a chocolate layer in s'mores. Each section of the Hershey bar is called a pip and it takes six pips to make the traditional s'mores.