Word of the Week: Graham Cracker

Graham cracker is a noun and defined as a slightly sweet cracker made of whole wheat flour. First developed in 1833, the graham cracker received its name from the minister Sylvester Graham. Graham was involved in the 19th century temperance movement where he preached about minimizing pleasure while following a vegetarian diet. As a result, his followers, called the Grahamites, initiated one of the first vegetarian movements in the US and started making vegetarian dishes, with minimal ingredients, using “Graham” flour, “Graham” crackers, and “Graham” bread. Surprisingly, Sylvester Graham did not profit off his followers’ dishes. Today, the graham cracker is best known for being an essential component in a S’more, which definitely does not follow the healthy lifestyle Sylvester Graham promoted. 

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Source
“Graham cracker.” Merriam-Webster.com
A Treatise on Bread and Bread-Making by Sylvester Graham

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