DC Omni 100: S’mores (#61) and PB&J (#13)

Smore by flickr user Colin Purrington (creative commons)

Smore by flickr user Colin Purrington (creative commons)

Welcome to yet another review of the 100 foods an omnivore in DC should partake of. Read the full list.

Today, class, we will discuss s’mores and  peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I choose to discuss them together because both are delicious, ooey-gooey, comfort foods of our childhood. Both are sweet and gushey. Both are sandwiches. Most importantly, both make (most) everyone in America go… “Yummmmm”.

First we’ll ponder the s’more, number 61 on the list. The smore, a simple sandwich created by smooshing a block of chocolate (typically the Hershey’s milk chocolate bars you can break off into squares) with a toasted marshmellow (to your personal degree of satisfaction, ranging from very rare to cajun-style blackened) between two graham crackers. So basic, yet so satisfying.

My personal s’more is exactly like the one pictured above. I aim for a golden-brown cracked marshmellow with white fluff oozing out the sides, smothering the chocolate, and making it melt. Layered between two halves of a graham cracker, it drips down my face while I eat it. Most people usually partake of smores on camping trips. Those of us less inclined to sleep on the cold, hard, nature-infested ground outside under varying climates go to Cosi. That’s right, your neighborhood salad and sandwich spot, Cosi has s’mores for dessert. You didn’t know that? Go! Go now. WLDC will still be here when you get back, marshmellow fluff mixed with chocolate on your chin. Still here? Okay then…back to business at hand.

When I first moved up to DC I thought Cosi was pronounced co-sigh. Silly newbie, I was. Cosi is pronounced cozy, and I think that’s mostly due to the fact that during the evening hours you can find couples and groups of friends gathered around a fake science-nerd jelly fire toasting marshmellows to make s’mores. You can get a serving for 2 or 4, and you can even get a variation with big Oreo cookies substituting for the graham crackers. (That version is for chocoholics, exclusively.) There are plenty of variation to s’mores – adding peanut butter, bananas (bad choice if you’re on Top Chef), or strawberries are particularly popular versions. But how do YOU like your s’more? Do you light your ‘mallow on fire? Are you inclined to eat it as an open-faced sandwich creation? Everyone has a s’more story, tell me yours in the comments.

Now on to the other delicious sandwich, the PB&J.

Gooey Goodness by flickr user adwriter (creative commons)

Gooey Goodness by flickr user adwriter (creative commons)

Number 13 on the list is the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You’ve had it (unless you’ve got a crippling nut allergy) and you love it. It’s your go-to sandwich when your fridge is empty. It’s great for road-trips, for last-minute lunches, dinners or even breakfasts. You can dress it up, you can eat it plain. The process of making the peanut butter and jelly sandwich is widely documented…it is THE peanut, peanut butter and jelly! (Click that link at your own risk, it might stick with you for the rest of the day. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)  

My co-worker Stephen has a huge tub of peanut butter (we’re talking Costco size) in our cabinet at work. “Cause it never goes bad!”, he says. He eats a PB&J at least three times a week, without fail. The love of the PB&J is catching too, plenty of people walk by him and say “ooooh that looks yummy!” - it’s like your favorite socks. You forget about them ’til you wear them again, and then you remember why they’re you’re favorite. Googling PB&J, you come up with all sorts of things. It’s a cult classic. They even make a Silicone PB&J spreader, with two color-coded ends so that you don’t mix your peanut butter with your jelly in the jars.

Like s’mores, PB&J can have plenty of add-ons. You can change the style of peanut butter to crunchy, to extra-crunchy, to other spreads, like almond butter. Change the jelly to strawberry jam, to raspberry, even to fluff. Add in fruits, change the bread to bagels, to pita, to english muffins. The possibilities are all but endless.

So tell me, folks. How do you take your s’more? What’s on your PB&J? Dish in the comments.

Food porn pictures thanks to the creative commons licences or of flickr users Colin Purrington (smores) and AdWriter (pbj)!

Katie moved to DC in 2007, and has since embarked upon a love affair with the city. She’s an education reform advocate and communications professional during the day; at night and on the weekends, she’s an owner here at We Love DC. Katie has high goals to eat herself through the entire city, with only her running shoes to save her from herself. For up-to-the-minute news and reviews (among other musings), follow her on Twitter!

8 thoughts on “DC Omni 100: S’mores (#61) and PB&J (#13)

  1. “Nature-infested ground” – HAHAHA – you just made my morning!

    PB&J is a great standby, but for true decadence, go with a Fluffernutter panini at Lawson’s downtown. It will change your life.

  2. As much as you hate on camping, a true fire is the only way to roast the mallows. Nothing beats the satisfied feeling of biting into first s’more after building a fire solely for the purpose of s’more creation. The sense of accomplishment and deliciousness must be how our cavemen ancestors felt after killing, cooking, and eating some large animal. A true s’more is JUST that good.

  3. one of my favorite variations of the smore-
    substitute a reeses peanut butter cup for the hersheys chocolate. if you get your marshmellow toasty enough, it melts quite nicely.

  4. Hmm, I do not remember a daughter who liked PB&J sandwiches. But the real question is…Which should you have more of, PB or J, on your sandwich?

  5. Dad, you are crazy! I’ve always liked PB&J, just maybe not on repeat, alternated with butter and ham sandwiches for my lunches. Oh, you thought I forgot??? nope. steel trap, my mind is.

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