A time-honored tradition on any camping trip in America is the making of s’mores with graham crackers, marshmallows, and a chocolate bar. But the United States Forest Service has posted a blog trying to change that tradition.
In a post to the Forest Service’s official blog, Kathryn Sosbe — who works in the communications office of the Forest Service — threw out the idea of making s’mores with fruit instead of the traditional chocolate. She even has ideas of how to remove the marshmallows in order to make the s’mores with even more fruit.
“But there are some innovative ways to roast the little white treats that can help cut down on the amount of sugar intake by the kids, thus making bedtime a little more doable.
“Even if the kids – including us older ones – insist on more traditional s’mores, there are some healthy tricks. Grill thin slices of pineapple and substitute chocolate for the sweet, warm fruit. You will still get a tasty treat but by substituting with fruit, it is healthier – as long as you watch the amount of marshmallows used. If you want to cut down even more on calories, try using slices of angel food cake instead of graham crackers.”
But Sosbe’s s’mores with fruit proposal on the Forest Service’s blog is not sitting well with an opinion columnist for Fox News.
Todd Starnes asked one simple question with his latest column, “Is nothing sacred?”
He goes on to attack the Forest Service proposal in great detail, first going after the angel food cake suggestion for replacing graham crackers.
“Angel food cake? It’s culinary heresy, I tell you.
“The Forest Service is breaking a cardinal rule.
“You don’t tinker with the Big Mac’s special sauce (even though we all know it’s Thousand Island salad dressing). You don’t add a twelfth herb to the Colonel’s secret recipe. And you certainly do not take the chocolate out of a s’more.”
He also called the Obama administration “killjoys” over the s’mores with fruit suggestion.
“I really wish the Obama administration would stop being such killjoys. What’s next? Will the USDA recommend we roast tofu hot dogs? Will the EPA ban the baking of beans over methane gas emissions? Will OSHA mandate that campfire cooks wear fire-retardant aprons? Will U.S. Fish & Wildlife ban the hunting of snipes?
“If the Obama administration has its way future generations will be sitting around a computer generated fireplaces, roasting kumquats, and sipping shots of wheatgrass.”
Let’s just be glad the government didn’t try to shut down the dessert bar at Blake Lively’s wedding.
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