Graham Crackers in the UK: An Update

Since my posts on British Graham Cracker substitutes seem to be quite popular, I thought I’d draw your attention to a recent comment from Samantha Faulkner on my last post. According to Samantha, Tesco, the grocery store chain in the UK, is stocking Graham Crackers in their “World Food” aisle. She says this is happening in most stores, and you should find them there along with marshmallows. I checked the Tesco website, and sure enough, there are seven pages of “American Foods” you can buy from them (see HERE). Hopefully they’re all available from your local store. According to the site, a box of Graham Crackers is £5.50 (= $9.26 at the current exchange rate). The exact same box in Walmart here in the US will set you back $2.98 (= £1.77). So I think it’s fair to say you will pay considerably more for your Graham Crackers in the UK than we do over here. But if you’re desperate to try S’mores, that’s probably your best bet.

Over here, we have grocery stores with “World Food” or “Ethnic Food” aisles, usually stocked with Mexican, Indian, Asian, and British food brands. Among the Brit foods, I’ve seen Weetabix, Heinz Baked Beans, Marmite, and Hobnobs. You can expect to pay a lot more for them here than in the UK, but sometimes that extra expense is worth it for the nostalgia–or simply because there’s nothing that compares to a Hobnob with your cup of tea. The thought of American foods like Graham Crackers, Pop Tarts, and grits being shelved as if they’re some kind of exotic, ethnic food seems weird… but I suppose it’s no less strange than seeing “ethnic” Brit food over here.

I hope this is helpful to you. Happy shopping, and please let me know how you get on finding Graham Crackers, and if you buy some, what do you think?

UPDATE (as of March 5, 2015): See Lee’s comment below. I searched Tesco’s site and they still list Graham Crackers (5.50 a box). Of course, that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to get them at your local Tesco’s. As he says, if you hunt around and are willing to pay, I’m sure you’ll find them. Please comment if you’ve found Graham Crackers in the UK elsewhere!

17 Responses to Graham Crackers in the UK: An Update

  1. As far as I know, there is only two shops that have graham crackers in my city in Japan, and they are very expensive. I have bought some only a few times.

    • I find it odd that you can’t find them everywhere, since Nabisco make so many other things that are manufactured and sold internationally. From the response to my posts, I would think Graham Crackers would be more universally available. It’s a shame they cost so much outside the US.

  2. I just browsed the page of American foods and, if I was basing my knowledge of the country on the results, I would say Americans love cereal and candy. In my case, that’s actually pretty accurate :)

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen British foods in my grocery store – I’ll have to check next time I’m in there. It’s a regional chain in a small town, though, so I’m doubtful.

    And you’re right, seems so funny to think about Pop-tarts and the like being shelved as “exotic.”

    • Kroger used to be our “go-to” place for international food, but all the Kroger stores here closed a few years ago. Now it’s either Harris Teeter (do you have Harris Teeter in VA?) or one of the small Indian/Asian food stores that might stock Brit food products.

      Can you imagine, there are Brits that have NEVER had a Pop Tart, or tried S’mores?

      • Yep, we have Harris Teeter, although I’ve never actually been in one – think the closest is about an hour from me.

        Mmm…S’mores. I am now seriously regretting not grabbing the fixins’ from the display I passed in Kmart the other day :)

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  4. I need to try proper S’mores soon! 😀 I can’t waaaiiit.

    • Well, it looks like Tescos will provide you with the complete kit: Graham Crackers, marshmallows, and Hershey bars! :) Sure, you might need to take out a second mortgage to buy them, but it’s worth it, isn’t it? 😉

  5. I’m afraid to report that Tesco no longer stock Graham Crackers. Having just returned from Vegas where I visited the Cheesecake Factory I was actually searching for butterfinger bars to recreate the Adams peanut butter cheesecake, and was led to link showing that Tesco stocked these. However neither the online store or my local store has any (I did find them in a specialist candy store at a mere £1.20($1.80) a bar). However whilst also searching for the elusive graham cracker to use for the crust of some other cheesecakes I stumbled on your blog was excited to hear that Tesco stock it, but having checked their website it seems they no longer do. I have however found that a box can be ordered on Amazon form various suppliers ranging from £5.99($9.20) up to around £7.99($12), (you can also buy butterfinger bars and other hard to get American products on there as we’ll). So it’s no longer quite so easy as picking it off the shelf, and certainly not cheap, but is available if your looking for the true authentic product.

  6. Amazon has them – http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/279-3200116-9781822?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=graham%20crackers&sprefix=graham+c%2Caps

    Another option might be to have someone in the US ship them to you, or make them yourself.

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/graham-crackers-recipe.html

    Maybe you could get a local bakery to make them for you. How is it that you guys can survive without S’mores or cheesecake?

    • Thanks, Hannah. Great suggestion about making your own. Crumbled Digestives can substitute quite well for a Graham Cracker cheesecake crust. The problem really comes with finding a substitute for the cracker when making S’mores. There doesn’t seem to be anything else like it.

  7. I have been wondering the answer to this question for sometime so thank you for the interesting article (s)!

    Can amyone tell me if the breakfast cereal Golden Grahams are anything like Graham Crackers. These are small square cereals which I think may resember mini versions pf the biscuit…

    • From the number of hits this page gets, it seems I’m the only person addressing this topic, so I’m glad this was helpful to you, Vicky! :)

      As you say, “Golden Grahams” is a breakfast cereal that’s *supposed* to be like little Graham Crackers. However, aside from being much smaller than the average Graham Cracker, they are sweeter, and sturdier. If you were to pour milk over a Graham Cracker, it would get mushy really quickly. So despite the name, “Golden Grahams” doesn’t really serve as a good point of reference for either the taste or the consistency of a Graham Cracker.

  8. Hey guys. Golden grahams have cinnamon in them as well. I am trying to track down some Graham crackers but it is difficult over here lol. I promise I will make it over to the US one day. I can’t wait to try out all these things you have over there.

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