Friday, June 18, 2010

Then and now...

So Honey Maid graham crackers aren't what they used to be. I don't have any "then" pictures, but I do have some "now" pictures. As you may or may not be able to see, the cracker is now much smaller than it used to be. I had noticed the box wasn't as wide, but didn't get it until yesterday that it is because the crackers are not as wide. In the old days the crackers made squares when you broke them in half. So you had two very square pieces. These are the building blocks for the ultra delicious "S'mores" camping dessert. However, the new crackers do not make squares. They make rectangles when split in half. If, indeed, you can get them to break in half. The perforations are also not what they used to be and it is very difficult to get a clean break for the halves or the quarters. (see illustration)

The new smaller graham cracker by Nabisco.

The box still shows the version which makes square halves.

The way most of them break up these days. The perforations don't go deep enough into the cracker.

Either way, I love them drowned in milk until they are soft. This can be done best if the glass is big enough to dunk the 1/4 pieces in the long way. To get it just right (for me, at least) you have to hold the 1/4 cracker piece under the milk until the bubbles stop. This make a soft, mushy wafer that melts in your mouth and exudes the great graham flavor. If you wait too long, though, it will break away and become debris in your glass of milk. The debris doesn't bother me. When I am all done with the dunking and eating, I drink what's left in the glass, debris and all! Yummy!

I would rather have these for breakfast than any cereal out there. I have found that I can only do this with Nabisco Honey Maid graham crackers. For some reason the other brands don't work as well. They don't bubble up like the Nabisco brand as they fill with milk. They don't get as soft and they also don't have the strong graham flavor of the Nabisco brand. They might be smaller, but they are still mightier! Some of the "off" brands still come in the regular size and can be broken into squares, just FYI. Even so, they will never be Nabisco!

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