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Jun 18, 2010 12:47 PM

ISO Harbour Sixty Smores - What do they use to create the fire?

Last time I was at H60 and ordered the smores I asked the waiter what they use to create the little bowl of fire - he said it was some sort of sugar substance.

Anyone know what it is exactly and where I could buy some in TO?

Thank you!

Harbour Sixty
60 Harbour Street, Toronto, ON M5J 1B7, CA

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  1. I love that dessert. FIRE. S'MORES!

    For those of you curious to what it looks like (scroll down)

    I just assumed it was ethanol - I see them used a lot under chafing dishes. I did a little googling and all I found was:

    "Sterno is one of the most prominent brand name creators of gel fuel and, according to the company's website, cooking directly over the flame is perfectly safe in terms of chemical emissions. They do, however, caution against open flame cooking because drippings that can come from food cause flare-ups that can result in injury. You should also not eat food that has cooking fuel on it or that has fallen in the flame."

    However, I never found that on the Sterno site - just hilarious safety illustrations and a "call medical blah blah if you ingest" - which implies to me that you can't eat it.

    Okay... procrastination break over. Will search more later. I want to know. It'd be awesome to do this at home!

    4 Replies
    1. re: jlunar

      I have seen sterno at party packagers. Some grocery stores might carry it too.

      1. re: jlunar

        You can eat it, it's just terrible for you and you'll end up hammered. People used to eat/drink Sterno to get drunk in the 1920s, when it was better known as "Canned Heat." The rock band "Canned Heat" is named for a blues song written around that era by Tommy Johnson, who wrote it about his addiction to Sterno.

        1. re: stet

          Just to reiterate though, don't eat it, it can very easily make you go blind.

          1. re: stet

            lol, duly noted. Thanks for the info!

      2. I called H60 and they said it was a combination of ethanol and cane sugar. Maybe sterno is the best way to go...