Labour Day
Labour Day
Changeling, Sketch: Posted September 7th, 2015 by Alina

Happy Labour Day, US and Canadian Weregeeks! Everyone else, I hope you have a happy Monday. We’ll be back to regular strips tomorrow.

Changeling, News: Posted September 7th, 2015 by Alina

^ 9 Comments to “Labour Day”

  1. Chaucer59 Says:

    i’ve never really understood the charm of s’mores. No—scratch that. I understand the charm—the sensual éclat of a smoky little sweet bite, still hot from the campfire, sandwiched with and melting a piece of rich dark chocolate—the laughter and joy of the gestalt playing and working together to make the little individual desserts. Undeniably charming.
    [Warning—de gustibus non disputandem est. That and I’m a bored curmudgeon, so the analysis that follows is more than a bit rigorous. (Curmudgeons: we really put the “anal” in “analysis.”)]

    For me, where the charm of s’mores flops in the sand and dies is the taste. Marshmallows are made with a disproportionately large quantity of sugar, and the bitterness from the caramel created in tosting the little buggers overwhelms the chocolate. The chocolate cannot be completely unsweetened because the chance of getting a bite of chocolate without any marshmallow is nearly 100%, and the problem with the cloying over sweetness of the marshmaow cannot be solved by using a smaller marshmallow because it has to be large enough to par-melt a goodly portion of the chocolate. I could go on, but I’m afraid you’d hunt me down and kill me, to sum up: s’mores always sound like a fun treat, but they always taste like shit. Sure, I could be the outlier in this regard—it’s possible that everyone else loves s’mores, and I’m just being pestiferous, but if so, why do I so often find half-eaten s’mores littering campsites the morning after?

    I’d much rather bake apples in the coals or toast bananas over the fire and sandwich them between pieces of chocolate.

    Posted September 7th, 2015 at 3:30 am
  2. AnonymousPerson Says:

    I like smores. My only problem is that they are really rich and make you thirsty. Without something to drink I can see why people would leave them half eaten.

    Posted September 7th, 2015 at 9:26 am
  3. bubujin_2 Says:

    I like smores but they are overly cloyingly sweet. So I don’t/can’t eat them very often. Once I invited my Japanese English students over for a fall bonfire near my house and fed them smores. Most of them couldn’t eat all of one or not eat more than one–too sweet for their palette! Most Japanese confections have much less sugar in comparison to American sweets.

    Posted September 7th, 2015 at 10:04 am
  4. Devin Says:

    Also, when it comes to toasting the marshmallows. I prefer to do it very lightly so the outer shell is a light brown while the inside is all gooey.

    I do agree with Anon though. They can extremely rich, which makes it hard to eat more than 1 or 2 without a beverage of some sort. Pretty much the same reason you’ll find half eaten brownie desserts at restaurants. They’re so rich that its hard to eat more than a few bites before suffering sugar overload.

    Posted September 7th, 2015 at 10:39 am
  5. Lilladyeva Says:

    I just like to light marshmallows on fire to watch them burn.

    Posted September 7th, 2015 at 12:16 pm
  6. Brent Says:

    Ah, the outdoors. I need to get back out there; I miss the gaming weekends my pals and I would take to the mountains. Nothing quite like playing Call of Cthulhu as the dark closes in around the campfire…

    Posted September 7th, 2015 at 12:28 pm
  7. Lukkai Says:

    I neither really like nor dislike smores. I’ll eat them, but I’m not particularily fond of them.

    My God.

    Posted September 7th, 2015 at 1:04 pm
  8. Kaunisenkeli Says:

    Suggestion for smores: Make your own marshmallows.
    It isn’t hard, you can control the sugar content (and thus the sweetness of the smore), and you can make them into interesting flavors if you want.

    Posted September 7th, 2015 at 2:12 pm
  9. Disloyal Subject Says:

    I share your complaints, Chaucer, but I have both a less discerning palate and a camping group more prone to steamed rice and fried crickets than smores and hot dogs.

    Posted September 8th, 2015 at 1:31 am