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Tuesday
Dec162008

Tele-Graham Crackers: Sweet Treats in the Mail

Tele-Graham Crackers

Though Cakespy Headquarters is based in Seattle, we're originally from a magical place known as New Jersey; as such, at this time of year, we really start to miss friends and family back East. And while certainly a holiday card is a sweet gesture, this year, if we may put modesty aside for a moment, we had an idea that is really pure genius: the Tele-Graham Cracker. These sweet little treats in the mail give a shout-out to a lost art of communication and offer sweet (or not so sweet) greetings for the holiday season.
What do you need to make them? We made ours into little sandwiches, using Honey Maid Cinnamon Graham Crackers and cream cheese frosting; for the outside messages, we used gel frosting (and we're gonna be honest here, we bought the little gel writers). 
How do you make them? Oh please, it's easy. Split a graham cracker in half; frost one side and adhere the top layer to form a little sandwich. Using your gel writer, write in the message of your choice.
May we make suggestions? We tried to personalize them for various friends in various places and states; for a friend who has promised to pay a visit but hasn't in four years, a "Visit Soon" Tele-Graham was in order;
Visit soon!Feel better

 

 

for Rakka, who has been experiencing some aches and pains, a slightly mangled "Feel Better" Tele-Graham complete with injured Teddy Graham seemed appropriate;

Suck it Tele-Graham Cracker
for the friend who disappeared after we loaned him 50 bucks, we made an extra-special treat (kidding); 

Mr. Cakespy loves pugsURAQT
For Mr. Cakespy, our own live-in Chia Pet, "URAQT" seemed to fit the bill;

Tele-Graham Crackers
and as general greetings for family and friends go, you can't miss with "Miss You" or "Love You" . 

Tele-Graham CrackersTele-Graham Crackers
How to Pack them Up? We packed ours up using waxed paper, with an outer layer of tissue paper to buffer the edges and protect the little Tele-Grahams. We then packed them in perfectly-sized kraft jewelry boxes purchased from U-Line, taped the edges and simply addressed and sent. Will they arrive OK? Only time will tell, but certainly the sweet sentiment will be appreciated. 

Cuppie has a moment

 

Reader Comments (44)

What a fun idea! I love graham crackers so I would totally order these ;o)

December 17 | Unregistered CommenterMaris

So cute. You guys would be fun to hang out with. And NJ is a 'magical' place...no really, I like it a lot :)

I'm headed your way for the holidays... to Tacoma we come!

December 17 | Unregistered CommenterRecipeGirl

This is too cute...and funny!

December 17 | Unregistered CommenterVeron

Haha, maybe these will replace valentine conversation hearts one day! I especially like the "suck it" graham =)

December 17 | Unregistered Commentergaga

Love these fun filled crackers - I like the Suck it one;)

December 18 | Unregistered CommenterSunshinemom

lovely! i saw a recipe in martha's cookie book and was tempted but i like the idea of buying readymade and writing stuff! awesome.

December 18 | Unregistered Commenterkickpleat

Very cute!

December 18 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Such a sweet idea! Those are the times I wish I was your cousin!

December 18 | Unregistered CommenterClumbsy Cookie

Those are the cutest! I think I am going to have to make those for valentine's day.

December 18 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

we did these as kids--it's the best way to use up extra frosting, ever. :)

December 19 | Unregistered Commenterchou

Cute idea! Thoughtful, personalized, resonably priced gifts... fabulous. Gotta find a good recipes for gluten-free graham crackers. Happy holidays, Cakespies!

December 19 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I love the cakespy cracker :); is that cakespy made out of clay or fondant??? He's too cute, a mini! :D

December 19 | Unregistered CommenterSophie

What an excellent idea. Your work is always is very inspiring.

December 19 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

Dana: Thanks! They were a lot of fun to make.

Alicia: You're sweet! :-)

Ellecupcake: And so easy too!

Cheryl Wray: Thanks for the sweet words! I think you might mean Bakerella's oreo truffles though--either way, they are delicious!!

Courteous Chihuahua: Hope the recipient loved it. He's got a good sense of humor. :-)

Rakka: Tee hee! Hope it arrived ok!

Vegan Noodle: I hope so too!

Happysquirrel: My fave too!! :-)

Funky finds: Yeah, they were really fun to make!!

Liz: They're super fun to make--especially to think about who should get what saying!

Jordan and Aja: thanks!

Daily Spud: ha!! Glad you enjoyed!

Barbara: No, it's Ann...but I'd love Clever to be my middle name! :-)

Feathermar: Yup! They taste like childhood.

Melisser: Aren't they fun? I'll bet you could make really cool-looking ones, you're such a great decorator!

Ricki: I think the recipient was quite pleased!

Bretsgirl: I've got to ask how they've been arriving! I think OK though!

Sharon: Oh, I Love teddy grahams in general, but when combined with frosting...well...

Louise: Ha! NJ does breed strangeness so luckily some of my strangeness is sweet!

Deb: Oh yes, NJ is something else! Magic resides in all of those exits and tales of the Jersey Devil and Kevin Smith films...

Owl Chick: Awesome! Or I think they'd be great for valentine's day too!

Allison: Yup! He is becoming quite the chia. You should come visit soon!

Susan: You're too sweet!

April: YES!! I agree, when the frosting softens up the cracker it's the best!! They're so much fun.

Passionate: Happy holidays to you too!

Maris: You're too sweet! Glad you enjoyed!

Recipegirl: I love visiting NJ--it does have its moments. Hope you have fun in Tacoma!! Say hello to Hello Cupcake for me if you drop by! :-)

Veron: Thanks!!

Gaga: Oooh, wouldn't that be great!?

Sunshinemom: Glad you liked it!

Kickpleat: Bet they'd taste great with homemade grahams but you know...I actually like the store-bought kind!! It did make it easier for a big batch. Still I'd love to try those in the future!

Sarah: Thanks!

Clumbsy: You can be our commonlaw cousin any day--cousins in sweetness!

Melissa: I hope you do! I think they'd be super sweet!

Chou: Yes, isn't it??

Lauren: I feel like I've seen gluten free ones somewhere...if I find them I will send it on to you!
Happy holidays!!

Cynthia: You're too sweet ! Thank you!

Sophie: The little cuppie is made out of clay, so he's not edible...but I think a fondant one would come out similarly!

December 20 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

I made these today and they were quite the hit. One "batch" was with cinnamon graham crackers and the other were low fat graham crackers.

That frosting is soooo tasty by itself! Yum!

Thanks for another great idea =)

December 20 | Unregistered CommenterOwl Chick

So is it okay to eat these after they've been through the mail (i.e., any reason to worry about unrefrigerated cream cheese?). Very cute.

December 21 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

Owl Chick: So glad they went over well! And I could eat that frosting by the spoonful, so good!

Claire: Good point. Well, nobody who received them died so hopefully it was ok. I suppose that making a vegan version of it (maybe with tofu cream cheese) might have a longer shelf life. Hey, I just had a thought though--why don't we have to refrigerate ritz cheese crackers? Maybe that's not actually cheese inside. ;-)

December 21 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

Hey Jessie, where can we get our very own little cake spy that sits atop the graham cracker...maybe he is made of clay?

January 1 | Unregistered CommenterRockerJewlz

Rockerjewlz: Yup, it's clay! I'm slowly but surely adding them to my shop. They're pretty charming I think! :-)

January 3 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy
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