Friday, March 30, 2012

Graham Crackers

Why is crunching on graham crackers so comforting? There's just something about the flavor and texture of them that I love.  

I can eat them plain or with peanut butter.  Sometimes spread a thin layer of creamy butter and make a little sandwich.

Honey Maid is my brand choice. Don't ask me why, but they just have a taste I enjoy the most.

The graham cracker was developed in 1829 in Bound Brook, New Jersey, by Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham. A real graham cracker is made with graham flour, a combination of fine-ground white flour and coarse-ground wheat bran and germ.

Graham crackers are often used for making s'mores and pie.

The Graham cracker was originally marketed as "Dr. Graham's Honey Buckets," a health food as part of the Graham Diet, a regimen to suppress what Rev. Graham considered unhealthy carnal urges, the source of many maladies according to Graham.

Reverend Graham would often lecture on "self-abuse" as it was commonly called at the time. One of his many theories was that one could curb one's sexual appetite by eating bland foods. Another man who held this belief was Dr. John Harvey Oswald, the inventor of the corn flakes cereal.

Funny reasons for inventing a food we all enjoy today.

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