If you want to know what cram is, I can only say that I don’t know the recipe; but it is biscuitish, keeps good indefinitely, is supposed to be sustaining, and is certainly not entertaining, being in fact very uninteresting except as a chewing exercise. It was made by the Lake-men for long journeys.

The Hobbit

Cram is a food made by the Men of Dale, mentioned in The Hobbit and The Lord of Rings. It is a sort of equivalent to Lembas as it was used by Dale-men for long journeys; however, unlike Lembas it was bland and flavourless.

When eaten, cram restores 8 (8food) hunger points. This makes it a very effective food. Since it is cheaper to make than bread, and restores significantly more hunger, it is worth making.

Obtaining Edit

The Dale-men had strong trade relations with the Dwarves of Durin's folk, and therefore Cram can be found naturally spawning in Dwarven structures, such as a Dwarven house. Merchants and bakers sell it as well.

Cram is craftable on Dalish crafting table by using two wheat and one sugar.

Dalish crafting recipe
Dalish Crafting
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