Celebrated on July 5th
Graham crackers have been used in s’mores for 87 years: Ever since s’mores were supposedly created by the Girl Scouts in 1927, the tasty treat has involved the famous Graham cracker, as well as a toasted marshmallow and hunk of chocolate. The first recorded recipe for this dish appeared in the publication Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts, though it didn’t gain mainstream popularity until the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Graham was, in fact, a real person: You may have noticed the name Graham is always capitalized when referring to the cracker. That’s because, unlike other snack foods, this one is actually named after a real person: the evangelical minister who created the recipe in 1829. His name was Sylvester Graham, and he was well before his time when it came to diets and healthy eating. For one, he was a vegetarian, a strange concept at the time, and promoted foods one should eat to maintain physical, spiritual and mental health.
Graham was an early health food advocate and vegetarian who touted using coarse, un-sifted ground wheat flour, the main ingredient in Graham crackers, because of its good fiber content. Graham crackers were very popular by 1882 and continue to be a favorite with kids and adults alike. Who doesn't remember how good graham crackers are when dunked in milk? They are also delicious with peanut butter and fresh blueberries on top! Yum!