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Graham Crackers Curb Lust

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While they were originally made as a mild food, unsweetened or mildly sweetened, they are more commonly known as a sugar and / or honey baked good.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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FREIDAFAGRE 1/29/2013 9:10AM

    crushed with sugar free pudding and 1/2 banana---instant banana cream pie! emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 1/27/2013 1:22AM

    Very I need a snack!!! emoticon

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EENLIGHTENING 1/25/2013 11:09PM

    What a scream! Geez, I have been addicted to graham crackers since, well, forever! One of my favorite concoctions is peanut butter and chocolate chips with a little honey drizzled over the top. I haven't done that in a long time because I quit buying them. Even the healthy version without hydrogenated fat, which is all I have eaten in years, are so high calorie that I don't dare keep them around. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 1/25/2013 8:19AM

    Is that why my Mom always gave us graham crackers with butter or peanut butter as kids. To keep those urges at bay,. I have to call her when she gets up and confront her. emoticon for the information

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LOVESLIFE48 1/24/2013 5:21PM

    Cool!!! emoticon emoticon

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MPETERSON2311 1/24/2013 3:32PM

    so cool!

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JANEMARIE77 1/24/2013 9:20AM

    thanks for the fun info

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/24/2013 8:50AM

    Graham crackers and 50 Shades, what a combo. Have fun. emoticon

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MADAMES 1/24/2013 3:35AM

    Growing up, graham crackers and milk were an alternative to cereal and milk in our house. DH likes them as an occasional snack with a smear of peanut butter. Very interesting history lesson.


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2HAMSDIET 1/23/2013 11:50PM

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PATTYSPENCER 1/23/2013 10:57PM

    Cool - thanks for the history!

I always like graham crackers - usually just the plain honey and I've had my share of S'mores (Boy Scout Leader).

Oh - and I like corn flakes - the frosted variety - lol

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MOMMACASSEY 1/23/2013 9:17PM

    It was YEARS since my last Graham cracker... and then when I had gestational diabetes, they were one of my few allowed snacks, so I got on quite a kick of them last year! Outside of that... I guess I haven't had any urges to suppress! LOL!

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SAMI199 1/23/2013 8:46PM

    emoticon Thanks for enlightening us-who knew???

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    My MIL's 87 year old best friend still swoons over them. I like the cinnamon ones but they really do seem kind of decadent. LOL.

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RUNNING_SNAIL 1/23/2013 7:18PM

    emoticon thanks for sharing the origin of things with us, it put a smile on my face.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 1/23/2013 7:07PM

    I love graham crackers no more what the history!

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LINDA! 1/23/2013 6:24PM

    We just bought some graham crackers over the weekend. I enjoy eating them. But the history is interesting. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/23/2013 6:04PM

    BWAHAHAHA! Definitely the snack of choice while reading FIFTY SHADES!

Used to love 'em as a kid, but never could get into the s'mores as I just don't like marshmallow.

HUGS for this interesting history of graham crackers!

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