Sometimes the simplest things are the best way to connect and start conversations. Sometimes, they become time-honored traditions and memories that will last a child a lifetime. Sometimes, they say, “I love you sooooooo much and your smile just melts my heart.” Sometimes, we’re lucky and they are, and do, all of those things. Graham-a Crackers fit that definition. 🙂
As our grandchildren have grown and learned to talk, we have had the opportunity to laugh and enjoy their attempts to translate the English language and define the things in their world. Our oldest granddaughter went from calling me Nana to Gramma Nana as part of her earliest vocabulary. The funny part about this is that it wasn’t related to anything about Grandma, but about bananas. 🙂 I always made sure to have bananas on hand for her. (Seven years later, I still do.) From the time she could toddle into our house on her own, she would burst through the door and run to me as fast as her short little legs could carry her, saying, “Nana. Nana.” Now, she was actually calling me that, but she was also asking for a banana. I and bananas were synonymous. lol I can’t remember when the Nana part finally fell off and I became just Gramma, but it ‘s such a fun memory to remember the Grandma-banana connection that was such a big part of Katie’s first year.
Another one of my favorite memories, also connected to grandkids, is Graham-a crackers. Instead of mistaken (or merged) identity, though, our now four-year-old grandson, actually thought we were saying Gramma, when we would offer him graham crackers at our house. They have been lovingly dubbed Graham-a Crackers ever since and when Grandpa is home, Graham-a crackers MUST have chocolate filling, so that version has become the most favorite of all Graham-a Cracker and is the one I am sharing with you, today. It is the simplest of all snacks/cookies and will be a hit with young and old alike. They are almost always spread with left-over frosting of some sort, rather than making something new. On this particular occasion, I had melted semi-sweet chocolate chips, for dipping a new truffle recipe (I’m sharing that one with you, tomorrow!) and I spread the leftovers on graham crackers and stuck them in the fridge. These are MY personal favorite version of Graham-a Crackers, as they have much less messy filling. The melted chips harden and give that wonderful sandwiched-in chocolate flavor without the squishy mess of soft frosting. Try this, today, as an afterschool snack with a glass of milk and I promise, you’ll be a hero!
- 20 - 25 graham crackers
- 1 (12 oz) pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and melt on high power for 1 to 2 minutes. After the first minute, check and stir every 15 seconds, to see if the desired consistency has been reached.
- Break each graham cracker in half, along the perforation.
- Spread a thin layer of melted chocolate on a chocolate square.
- Cover with another square, creating a chocolate "sandwich" cookie.
- Repeat until all graham crackers have been filled.
- Refrigerate until set up.
Do you have any nonsense word traditions or memories, created by your kids or grandkids, that still make you smile? Did any of them “stick” and are still being used, today, like Graham-a Crackers?