Lesson 873 – How to make those Mammo-grahams


Last week I attended a recipe swap. I made a fall dessert dip, some crescent pumpkin rolls, and then I made some novelty cookies called Mammo-grahams – figuring that they were “sort of” fall-like because Breast Cancer awareness month is October.

And besides, as a writer, I can appreciate a really good play on words and this was one.

I had seen a recipe on the net which was cute but I wanted to make some that were more realistic – you know like those cheese stick fingers that are served around Halloween, I wanted to get people’s attention.

While at the recipe swap, I took a photo of the cookies and sent it to my Facebook account. The response from the other ladies at the swap was exactly what I was looking for and I was pretty proud of my funny joke. I thought it might make some people on my Facebook page laugh.

If you read my post last Friday, you’ll know that I even included that picture as an aside to the rest of the blog post, really just an afterthought to the original thoughts.

As of this writing, that photo has gone all over the internet. One site along has over 26K (26,000!) shares of my picture, another site has 10K. It’s even up on Reddit and all over Twitter.

I’ve seen *my* photo pop up from other people in my newsfeed and I’ve seen where people have changed their Facebook cover photo to be this photo. Everyday people are telling me where they have found it on the internet.

It’s kind of crazy.

But with all that sharing no one knows that it’s me. When I uploaded the initial photo, I didn’t add a description or even a tag. I just took the photo and uploaded. Bam. Done. Let’s eat.

This is my 15 minutes of fame and no one knows who I am.

Which, my family has decided is really okay. They’re fine with me being called the chicken-lady, the writer-lady, and even the lyme-lady.

But they weren’t too sure about people calling me the “boobie-lady”

For those who want the recipe, here it is:

Mammo-Graham Marzipan Recipe

No cooking, very easy assembly recipe.

  • Chocolate Graham crackers split in two
  • A roll of Marzipan (in baking section of grocery store)
  • White frosting
  • Pink frosting gel

The middle is marzipan. I used one roll cut into 13 pieces and then warmed in the microwave for about 10 seconds. Roll each section into a ball, and then squish while molding it until you have a flat section for between the graham crackers and a bulging section that sticks out. “Glue” the marzipan to the graham crackers with some frosting and then use Pink Frosting gel for the nipple.

Oh and don’t forget the sign, that’s *the* most important part of this recipe.


If you want to read about the New Hampshire border to border walk (220 miles) my son and I completed this summer despite us both having chronic Lyme disease, it starts here



Filed under Inspiration, New Hampshire, Personal, Recipes

50 responses to “Lesson 873 – How to make those Mammo-grahams

    • eileen

      As a breast cancer survivor I find these in poor taste and tacky. I have asked Facebook to take this down. Do some Pink Ribbons if you must to raise awareness. I find no humor in this no more than I would find it humorous for testicles squased between crackers for prostate cancer.

      • Wendy Thomas

        And I have friends and relatives who are breast cancer survivors who think these cookies are hysterical.

        You are certainly entitled to your own opinion.


        On Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 2:25 PM, Lessons Learned from the Flock wrote:


      • If you don’t like it, don’t look. Please don’t try to impose your beliefs and feeling on the rest of us. BTW they don’t squash men’s testes for the exam, it is much more intrusive for men to get checked for prostate cancer. I don’t think you will find a men’s prostate exam confection recipe anywhere. If you do please post here and let us know. And in case you haven’t already figured it out… This is not facebook

      • Shelly

        I too am a Survivor, Get over yourself. That IS funny

      • Michele Shera

        Lighten up. I have lost my Grandmother, and 2 Aunt’s. You are not alone in this world. All 3 of them lost their lives to breast cancer.

      • Sue

        I had a double mastectomy and think this a great and fun way to pass the get a mammogram message with humor.

      • Wooly

        Te ofendes de nada

  1. It’s a brilliant marketing piece. We are really struggling with how to raise awareness for brain cancer, so if you come up with any cool ways to promote that, I’d love to see them! And don’t worry, I’ll make sure you get tons of credit! You could be “the brainy lady”!

  2. Judith

    Thank you Wendy. Priceless picture, great recipe.

  3. Yes, I have seen it posted again and again, on Facebbok. Because I am a breast cancer survivor, I have reposted the photo several times, to remind women to “take care of the home front”. I have searched, trying to get to the original source of the photo, to give proper credit. Thank you so much for ‘fessing up! And congratulation on all of the attention you’ve brought to the cause!

  4. I showed my wife the picture when I got home from work, her response ‘Yeah, I saw that picture a ton today’

  5. Birgit

    So glad I found your recipe. I thought they were pink marshmallows, like they have around valentines, and made like a s’more. But now I have an excuse to buy marzipan, which is one of my favorite treats.

  6. Brenda

    These are so cute, thinking about making them for the breast center here.
    Thanks for sharing, I was trying to figure out what you used, my husband found your post for the recipe for me!

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  9. Tara

    Saw this picture on a friend’s desk today and had to look it up!! You’e not the “boobie lady” … Mammo Mamma??

  10. Great image and also a great reminder that in the digital age, never underestimate the power of a good photo, especially for those of us who are in marketing. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Mark

    I love it! I actually had to download the picture and post because the share button didn’t work – I put the link to your blog in the comments and the description, hope that helps! (I didn’t intend it to go viral, but you are right, it went crazy!)

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  14. I’m a mammogram tech and our hospital is having a cake decorating contest on Oct 31. Along with the cake, I’m also going to make Mammo-Grahams. They auction off the cakes and these will also be auctioned off. I’ll let you know how they do! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. KarateLady

    Well, you have now made CakeWrecks as well! Congrats! (But not really a wreck – just very, very, VERY funny! 🙂 Shhh! Don’t tell Theardare I said that! (Uh, do a search for Theardare on CakeWrecks and that will explain everything…)

    • Wendy Thomas

      I am still amazed at how far that single photo has traveled.

      And now I’m on Cake Wrecks (one of my favorite places to get a true belly laugh!)

      It’s all good, it’s all good.


  17. I came home from my mammo and hubby had made me some of these with marshmallows. Thanks for the inspiration! Enjoy!

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  22. I love your Mammograhams and shared on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=574861665974513&set=a.173213256139358.34358.100003520548195&type=1&theater

    If you have a Fan Page, I would be HAPPY to link to it!

  23. C. Goward

    How funny! Brings back the pain—ouch!

  24. Dunchis

    I am going for my mammogram next week and I am going to make these to give to the technician!

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  26. I’ll be making these this week a bake sale. Very unique and fun idea!

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  28. Clembie_Mom

    Ha! This brought a hoot and a holler from me when my kids showed it to me during our “family council” meeting on how to deal with my newly-diagnosed breast cancer. A sense of humor is essential in my tool kit. (A sense of the absurd helps as well!)

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  30. If you “invented these just a couple of years ago…how is it that I have been making them for years from a recipe with the SAME picture? Today is the FIRST time I ever saw your BLOG! Years ago I “owned” several Yahoo Groups and it was Posted in all but one of those. Wish I could go back and see exactly what year it was…but it was about 15 years ago and I found it at a Breast Cancer Awareness site…I believe it was sponsored by the American Cancer Society. We have had Pink Pal Parties every year and either I or someone else has made these…and a couple of years back in the mid-90s we also made Man-O-Grahams. You should not claim you “invented them or the recipe…you might have made them but I assure you they were around back in the 90’s. Shame on you!

    • Wendy Thomas

      I took that photo at our local recipe swap 2 years ago. That’s my handwriting on the label and so this couldn’t possibly be “the SAME picture” you claim to have seen 15 years ago.

      I’ve seen various recipes on the internet for these cookies, (some use potato paste, some use marshmallows) I altered the ingredients and presentation to make them look more realistic than others.

      It sounds like you are deeply involved in the cancer community, best wishes for health and success.


  31. Lisa Hosman

    Well, your cookie is making the rounds again in 2015. I just saw it today on Facebook (for the first time). I am going to share with my Uterine Cancer group on FB. They all have a great sense of humor. Somebody will probably try to come up with a PAP cookie. LOL (gross)

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