Graham crackers are rectangular in shape and are probably in most American homes as a snack or the foundation for the treat most often associated with summer camping and campfires: s’mores.
Before we get to the yumminess of smore’s, I wanted to share the curious history of this simple cracker. Our version, with a little sugar, honey and cinnamon resembles only in shape the original-named after its creator, Sylvester Graham.
You see, the good reverend Graham came up with a bland diet intended to thwart man’s lustful nature. He believed and taught that those followers willing to adhere to the Graham Diet (including the consumption of the unsweetened cracker made of flour w/wheat germ and bran added-the Graham Cracker) would be released of impure thoughts and be able to live a chaste life-fully repressing any sexual urge.
Followers were a bit disappointed in the good reverend’s passing at the early age of 57, after all the sacrifices to follow his rigid dietary standards; they incorrectly assumed it would lead to a longer life.
The movement kind of fizzled, but one of Graham’s ardent followers picked up the torch and insisted that patients in a hospital he supervised follow the Graham Diet. You might recognize the surname of the supervisor, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg! Yep, one and the same! Like more than a few great discoveries, corn flakes really were the result of a fluke. A bowl of cooked wheat was left out-became stale-broke into “flakes” when it was rolled out instead of the typical long sheet of dough. A few experiments later and we had Kellogg’s Corn Flakes-all because a man named Graham made a cracker….
Wouldn’t the dear Reverend Graham be appalled to know that his cracker, which was intended to taste like little more than cardboard, is the foundation for one of the most beloved treats in America?? Here’s the “recipe.” : )
INGREDIENTS FOR S’MORES
1 large marshmallow
(I bought flat ones made just for s’mores-genius!)
1 (1.5 ounce) bar chocolate candy bar
(Hershey, of course)
1 graham cracker
Heat the marshmallow over an open flame until it begins to brown and melt.
(Does anyone else like for it to flame for just a second?)
Break the graham cracker in half.
Sandwich the chocolate between the cracker and the hot marshmallow.
Allow the marshmallow to cool a moment before eating.
(That last bit of advice should be followed judiciously.)
National S’mores Day is August 10, 2014.
Let’s do our duty – build a fire and have a few s’mores to celebrate!