The topic of the origin of the graham cracker came about as my daughter and I were noshing on S’mores. My daughter brought the requisite graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows to a friend’s pre-4th party. As she was devouring she wondered about how the graham cracker came to be.
We researched online to find some fascinating information – all about the lowly graham.
Reverend Graham was a strict vegetarian who promoted his diet to his followers, but also believed that eating healthy would curb carnal urges. He was against white flour and believed that mustard and ketchup caused insanity (maybe it was the hfcs?), thought you should sleep on a really hard mattress and the window open every night. While some of these thoughts were a little on the odd side, he did believe in a really high fiber diet and promoted the use of homemade unsifted white flour instead of bleached, sifted white flour.
The official designer of the graham cracker is unknown though it is named after Rev. Graham. Originally they were made with the germ, the bran and the endosperm each individually ground and then recombined into flour. Ironically, Today’s graham cracker doesn’t resemble the high fiber crackers created over 100 years ago. Now it’s a snack and dessert cracker most famously known for S’mores or the crumbs used as the base in a cheesecake, not the healthy powerhouse it was originally intended to be.
Enjoy your summer – cookout – use awful marshmallows, chocolate and fake grahams – or go gourmet all the way and use the good chocolate, home made marshmallows and healthy grahams. Either way, it’s not summer without at least one cookout with S’mores, YUM!
Here are some links to read more about Reverend Graham and the cracker:
To help you with your homemade S’mores:
and one of my previous posts:
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