Night of s'mores offers a sticky good time

Richard Schweichler roasts marshmallows for his s'more in the Knickerbocker courtyard on Sept. 6. Photo by Anne Naumann

I am amazed that there are so many different flavors of marshmallows. The only flavor we could get when I was young was the white cubes.

On Sept. 6, the residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments were treated to a night of s'mores. Anne Naumann, director of the Knickerbocker Senior Center, provided all the goodies for the "Wish There Was S'more Summer" party. Chocolate bits, graham crackers and multi-colored marshmallows were roasted on alcohol burners. A charcoal or wood fire might set off the fire alarms in the building. Since we didn't have enough s'mores to share with the firemen who would answer the call, we settled for the smokeless burners.

Back to the party. I noticed plain, chocolate, pumpkin, coconut-covered and chocolate-covered marshmallows. In addition there were plain, chocolate and some other kind of graham crackers. Some of the sugary delights caught on fire. All that sugar really burst into some amazing flames.

To toast marshmallows correctly, you should rotate them so all sides are equally toasted. Easier said than done. Then you must remove them from the flame before the burning marshmallow cools and falls off the toasting stick. Pop them into your mouth and enjoy. Even the most experienced s'more maker will ocassionally have parts of the goody fall onto clothes or, horrors, onto the ground.

One uncoordinated party-goer found some gooey marshmallow on his forehead. A few ladies were protecting their clothes with cupped hands. Of course, if any of the gooey stuff dripped onto their hands they had to lick their fingers. Women are so neat.

We sang a couple of songs. The sugar high was more noticeable than the sticky hands. Everybody was very happy. The party ended with a bunch of goodbyes and lickety fingers.

Bruce Leigh

Bay Village

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:25 AM, 09.17.2013