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Let me introduce the first souvenir – the S’more.
This hot and gooey campfire treat brings back memories of my Girl Scout days. Sadly, not at a Virginia State Park (a lifetime Virginia resident it took me until my 30s to discover our parks system) but at Gosnold’s Hope Park in Hampton for day camp. Campers stew and s’mores – I can conjure up the tastes today. I don’t like to think about the pit toilets.
My Girl Scout days were longer ago than I like to remember, but I still take the s’more tradition with me. My arthritic bones have also seen the end of sleeping on the ground so I enjoy our cabins and bring my husband and dog Yoda along. Poor Yoda, he has to enjoy his s’mores without the chocolate.
I’m a purist when it comes to s’mores. I like mine with graham cracker ends, a toasted marshmallow (I prefer burning mine for the optimum flambe’ experience) and a chunk of a Hershey’s chocolate bar under the steaming marshmallow. I tried one of the Hershey miniatures as a substitute once and found them convenient but too thick.
There are certainly variations. Some people add peanut butter. There are contraptions you can buy to toast the entire s’more over the fire (the marshmallow will never get toasty enough for my tastes) and they sell microwave kits (will do in a pitch but same problem with the marshmallow).
Here is some Virginia State Parks trivia for you. Did you know that we hold the record for the World’s largest s’more?Yep. In 2006 as part of our 70th anniversary celebration which also coincided with the 400th anniversary of the First Landing, First Landing State Park hosted this record breaking event.
I did a quick internet search and found that August 10 is S’mores Anyone?