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Really Good Graham Crackers?

Jim Leff Jun 17, 2008 10:33 AM

I'm craving graham crackers. I want six or seven notches better than Keebler, but nothing clever. Can anyone suggest a widely-available store brand or mail order source?

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  1. mollyomormon RE: Jim Leff Jun 17, 2008 12:17 PM

    The cinnamon grahams sold at Trader Joe's are really delicious.

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      Vetter RE: mollyomormon Jun 17, 2008 08:22 PM

      I'm with Molly. Those TJ's cinnamon grahams are really addictive. I like to dip them in good black tea.

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        tigerd RE: Vetter Jun 18, 2008 06:55 AM

        The TJ's grahams are sugary and cinnamony and oh so yummy. But Beware, I tried making a s'more in the microwave with a TJ's graham, piece of choco and marshmallow and burned my tounge since the sugar on the graham crystalized. -- So these bad boys are better to eat plain :)

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          Claudette RE: tigerd Jun 18, 2008 02:18 PM

          If you use a wood fire or grill for the marshmallows (or even the micro) but leave the graham crackers alone, they make the best s'mores - my cookout gang gave the TJ graham crackers rave reviews.

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            HSBSteveM RE: tigerd Jul 8, 2008 07:37 PM

            The crystallized sugar on those TJ grahams are what I crave. I just like to crumble them in a bowl and pour milk on them.

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        Nancy Berry RE: Jim Leff Jun 17, 2008 03:59 PM

        The only store-bought graham crackers that I like are the Nabisco Original (NOT honey) Grahams in the red box. The difference between these and every other graham cracker available in your average supermarket is that they don't contain honey -- they contain molasses like the original recipe that I've liked since I was a kid.

        They are not available in the west, so I order them from www.netgrocer.com. When you get there, search for Nabisco Original Grahams.

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          Jim Leff RE: Nancy Berry Jun 19, 2008 06:07 PM

          Wow, I found some (they're at my local supermarket). As soon as I had a bite, I instantly remembered that I'd last had these at Hilltop Country Day School, age 6. I recognized the flavor right away, and the recipe hasn't changed (at least not meaningfully). Yeah, the molasses are the diff. I had a very sophisticated palate as a kid, though I didn't always know what to call things. I can recall zooming in on the molasses, it almost provoked a synesthetic reaction then, and does still.

          It's sort of the very opposite of the more artisanal kind of product I was yearning for, but I'm loving the nostalgia blast, thanks!

        2. Pia RE: Jim Leff Jun 18, 2008 08:28 AM

          In the baby aisle, try Earth's Best Organic apple cinnamon grahams. They're ultra-healthy -- whole-grain flour, sweetened with fruit juice -- but surprisingly tasty and crunchy. I think a lot of graham crackers taste like sawdust and that the sugar-topped ones are too sweet, which is why I like these.

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            Janet from Richmond RE: Jim Leff Jun 18, 2008 08:32 AM

            Thanks Jeff. Now I am craving graham crackers and peanut butter........LOL

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              jlafler RE: Jim Leff Jun 18, 2008 09:31 AM

              I like plain old Nabisco Honey Maid. I've tried various organic/natural/"premium" brands, and none of them taste right to me. It must be a taste I formed in childhood, and even something "better" isn't as good.

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                Nancy Berry RE: jlafler Jun 18, 2008 11:02 AM

                Graham crackers didn't contain honey when I was growing up in upstate New York in the 1950's. They were sweetened with molasses and made with coarse Graham flour and that's the taste that I associate with them. Honey just doesn't taste right and it changes the texture of the cracker from coarse to kind of mushy.

                As I said in another post, I actually mail order the original Nabisco Graham cracker from ShopRite Supermarket's website, Netgrocer.com. And when friends or family come to visit from back East, they know that they should pack a few boxes of these, some Social Tea Biscuits and some my-t-fine pudding mixes in their bags for me.

              2. beelzebozo RE: Jim Leff Jun 18, 2008 11:06 AM

                anyone do homemades?

                are they worth it?

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                  cookingodyssey RE: beelzebozo Jun 18, 2008 11:31 AM

                  I made homemade from a recipe in last month's food&wine mag. I thought they tasted like graham crackers and were really tasty, but I didn't roll them out thin enough so they didn't have the graham cracker texture. I'm going to try them again soon.

                  They were easy to make, btw.

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                    beelzebozo RE: cookingodyssey Jun 18, 2008 12:08 PM

                    care to summarize the recipe? or is it on their website?

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                  ML8000 RE: Jim Leff Jun 18, 2008 11:18 AM

                  I heard someone talk about liking Tiny Trapeze at Whole Food...I've never had them but she talked about them quite a bit.

                  1. amyzan RE: Jim Leff Jun 27, 2008 10:42 AM

                    I used to really like the not too sweet flavor and crispy, almost flaky texture of New Morning brand grahams, but the last few boxes I bought weren't the same. They'd been out of stock for a while, so I asked and was told the company had to find a new baker. They're not the same, or weren't when I last bought them, which gosh, may have been a year or more ago. They're expensive, over $4 a box, so I hate to buy them if they're still not right.

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                      chefathome RE: amyzan Jul 7, 2008 07:48 PM

                      Only homemade. Fun to make, too. Will look up my recipe and post it.

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                        amyzan RE: chefathome Jul 8, 2008 04:45 PM

                        Yes, please!

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                          ezzirah RE: chefathome Oct 16, 2011 09:30 AM

                          Yes, please do!

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                        Carynbw RE: Jim Leff Oct 15, 2011 01:53 PM

                        I have to do s'mores for a very large crowd and want to buy the best grahams that hold up when making s'mores. I'm tired of them always crumbling when I break them in half to make s'more stacks, so I just bought the new Nabisco "Stacks" that are already split in half, but they're a bit pricier for less graham crackers. Any other suggestions?

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                          HillJ RE: Jim Leff Oct 16, 2011 07:43 AM


                          If you enjoy a crisp graham as opposed to a cakey version these folks make a lovely apple and hazelnut graham that's a delight.

                          1. PotatoHouse RE: Jim Leff Oct 16, 2011 08:19 AM

                            Have you tried making your own?

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                              Kathrynnyc RE: Jim Leff Aug 22, 2013 01:54 AM

                              Trader Joe's Honey Grahams are very good.

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