Wednesday, January 23, 2013
OK, so maybe they don't, at least not now. In 1829 a Presbyterian minister named Sylvester Graham lived in Bound Brook, New Jersey and invented what we call the Graham Cracker.
The original cracker was made with graham flour. At the time it was a combination of finely-ground unbleached wheat flour with the wheat bran and germ coarsely-ground and added back in providing nutrition and flavor.
While they were originally made as a mild food, unsweetened or mildly sweetened, they are more commonly known as a sugar and / or honey baked good.
The graham cracker was originally conceived of as a health food part of the Graham Diet, a program that was thought to suppress what the Reverend considered unhealthy carnal urges. He was big on the subject and felt it could all be taken care of by eating bland food.
The real "factoid" here is that he was BFF with Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the founder of a health spa sanitarium in Battle Creek, MI and the inventor of corn flakes. You can't get more bland than that.
Now just imagine how counterproductive his invention was. What else do you think was going on in the dark while you were making s'mores around the campfire?
Next week when my book club meets I'm going to provide the snacks. If they are going to read "Fifty Shades of Grey" then perhaps this is just what Dr. Kellogg would prescribe.
But they are still good dunked in milk.