What are the signs of summer?
Not record breaking temperatures, which we’re experiencing, causing the whir of air conditioners to muffle any reminder that this should still be spring and the windows should be open.
Not warnings that hurricane season is upon us.
Not the wearing of flip-flops, barring of shoulders and legs, donning of sunhats and sunscreen.
Not seeing white shoes after Memorial Day. Not that my lipstick melts in the oven-like car.
No, the sign of summer is the absence of Mallomars. So when I saw two lone boxes on the shelf in the supermarket, I couldn’t resist buying one. I’m just not ready to concede that it’s already summer and that spring was a mere few days.
Sort of a fall-winter “s’more,” Mallomars, Nabisco’s chocolate covered marshmallow on a graham cookie base, have a season.
First introduced in 1913, they appear in stores in October and are usually off by April. Forget that other chocolate items are found worldwide in climates that endure scorching heat year round. For some reason, these confections, offering 120 calories of pure delight can’t withstand high temperatures. Or perhaps it’s a marketing technique and we consumers just love seeing towers of the bright yellow 18-cookie boxes competing with Halloween candy.
According to the box, Mallomars were first sold to a grocer in West Hoboken, NJ. And more than 70% of sales are generated in the New York-New Jersey area.
Now produced in Canada by Kraft, the cookies have made an appearance in many television shows, novels, and movies. “Roseanne,” “Seinfeld,” “The Simpsons,” “The Sopranos,” and “Family Guy” among them.
Here’s my favorite:
In “When Harry Met Sally… (1989)” Harry watches TV on New Year’s Eve with a box of Mallomars, referring to them as “the greatest cookie of all time”.
And if these June Mallomars are stale at least I can anticipate a summer of “S’mores.”
Credited to Girl Scouts, these sticky, gooey traditional campfire treats date to the 1920’s. Named after some child demanded, “gimme me some more,” they are best made over an open fire.
Toast a marshmallow until it’s soft. Put on top of a square of milk chocolate that is sandwiched between two layers of graham cracker. Squish it together so it all melts together.
Now that’s a holiday to celebrate!