Odd Holiday: National Graham Cracker Day

Tuesday, July 5 marks National Graham Cracker Day. Graham crackers are a third of the famous s’more treat many have grown to love and cherish. Today, people can celebrate the history of the sweetened cracker that has many uses.

Graham crackers were invented in the early 1800s by a Presbyterian minister named Sylvester Graham. They were developed in an attempt to curb sinful cravings and were part of the “Graham Diet.” In the early 1800s, the recipe consisted of whole wheat graham flour with added bran and wheat germs. Today, the ingredients vary but are most commonly comprised of bleached white flour with additions of flavors such as honey, cinnamon or chocolate.

The lightly sweetened crackers can be enjoyed on their own but also make great ingredients for other desserts. Graham crackers can be crushed and blended with butter to make a pie crust or simply layered between fruit and yogurt to make a delicious parfait.

National Graham Cracker Day is celebrated on July 5 to honor the founder’s birthday. Daysoftheyear.com shared some ways to celebration the day which are listed below.

Enjoy Eating Graham Crackers

Pop open a box of delicious graham crackers and enjoy a few. Although they are often eaten by children, this is a great day to enjoy some nostalgia! Far from boring, Graham Crackers now come in a few different varieties, including Cinnamon Grahams, Low Fat Honey Grahams, Teddy Grahams, and even Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Grahams.

Though they do have some carbs and sugar, when paired with a tasty source of protein, fiber and healthy fats, graham crackers can make a delicious and nutritious snack.

Try Making Graham Crackers at Home

Tasty graham crackers do not have to come from a box! They can be made at home with ingredients that most people have in their kitchens. Start out with whole wheat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Mix in butter with a pastry blender or with the fingers. Then add a mixture of milk, honey and vanilla extract, stirring in until a dough forms. Chill.

Roll out the dough to approximately 1/4 inch and cut with a pizza cutter, then score and prick with a fork to make the holes. Bake the crackers, cool and enjoy!

Make Some S’mores

What could be a more delightful way to eat graham crackers than with toasted marshmallows and chocolate melted between them? Enjoy National Graham Cracker Day by building a little campfire (or use the barbecue grill) and getting super sticky with some delicious S’mores.


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