This is a bit of an odd post, but since I made a promise, it must be done. Let me explain. Some weeks ago, EmmaMaree, who is Scottish and hence not in the US, made a comment on Twitter that she was looking for a British alternative to Graham Crackers. I believe she was trying to make something based on a US recipe, and since Graham Crackers are not common fair in the British Isles, she needed an appropriate substitute. She wondered if, as someone had pointed out to her, Digestive biscuits would be suitable. Perceiving myself to be in a position to assist (I live in the US and have had Graham Crackers, and I am an ex-pat Brit, so I am also familiar with Digestives), I noted that while Digestives come somewhat close to the taste of Graham Crackers (though perhaps not quite as malty), the consistency is all wrong. Digestives are a lot more… mealy, I think. Perhaps if you were crumbling up the Digestives to make a pie crust, you could get away with it. But if Digestives are not quite the texture and taste of a Graham Cracker, what could she purchase off the shelf in Scotland that would be just like a Graham Cracker? That is the question. And this is where I am at a disadvantage, because it has been a number of years since I lived and shopped regularly in the UK. However, I promised Emma that when my brothers visit, I will have them try a Graham Cracker and give me their opinion.
So it was, one afternoon while they were here, I took a Graham Cracker and gave it to my older brother to try. I then presented him with the challenge: What UK product that you can get at a regular store (e.g., Tesco) does that taste like? He concurred with me about Digestives–the taste is reasonably close, but the texture is quite different. But aside from a maltier Digestive, he couldn’t really do better on the taste front. With regard to the consistency, he thought perhaps more the consistency of a Rich Tea biscuit, or even a Garibaldi, minus the raisins. I hadn’t considered the Garibaldi before, but I think he’s right.
So, Emma, I’m afraid that’s the best we can do. Sort of like the taste of a Digestive (perhaps maltier), but with the consistency of a Garibaldi without the raisins. Perhaps there’s someone out there who thinks they can do better than that. If so, please comment below, and help us find a substitute for the Graham Cracker for our British friends!
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UPDATE: CLICK HERE for an update on the quest for the British Graham Cracker!
UPDATE #2: Tesco now stocks Graham Crackers! CLICK HERE to read more…