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What’s my favorite childhood summertime treat?
While I’m not one to turn down a grill-cooked burger, a rocket pop, or even a sugary cup of bug juice, my absolute favorite childhood summertime treat is a s’more. And to be honest, I’m not really sure why. Well, I mean, I know why I like s’mores. Melty chocolate, graham crackers, cooking on a stick, and finger licking are all elements to any successful meal. But, s’mores have a nostalgic appeal to me that doesn’t really make sense. When I eat them, I think back on my childhood summers at camp and smile. But the truth is, I never ate a real s’more at camp.
My camp was kosher and even though I couldn’t quite understand what wasn’t kosher about marshmallows, we weren’t allowed to have them. Instead, we used marshmallow fluff. Now don’t get me wrong, marshmallow fluff is delicious in its own right. But it’s just completely different from actual marshmallows. It’s even in an entirely separate food group, if I’m not mistaken. At camp, we’d make graham cracker, chocolate, and fluff sandwiches, wrap them in tin foil, and then throw them on the fire to cook and call them s’mores. But, even at nine years old, I knew this was a cheap imitation of the real thing. Part of the s’more experience is the process of slow roasting (or fast incinerating) the marshmallow over an open flame. The fluff version lacked a certain human touch and that trademark carcinogenic element that makes s’mores uniquely delicious.
So while it’s not really a favorite treat from my childhood summers, s’mores are still my favorite childhood treat and I have them every time I go camping now. I guess I’m just making up for the missed memories, one burnt marshmallow at a time.