Monday, April 18, 2011

National Animal Crackers Day

Mmmmm good!

Who doesn't love the crunch and sweetness of an animal cracker? These fun little crackers are usually in the shape circus animals such as lions, tigers, bears, and elephants.

During the late 1800's, crackers in the shape of animals were imported from England to the United States. The demand for these treats skyrocketed, so bakers began to produce them domestically. The first batch of animal crackers was produced by Stauffer's Biscuit Company in 1871 in York, Pennsylvania. Other local bakeries soon came together under the National Biscuit Company, or "Nabisco Brands." In 1902, the animal cracker's box officially became "Barnum's Animals" with the circus themed box.

Did you know that since their start in 1903, there have been 37 different animals featured in Barnum's Animal Crackers? Today more than 40 million packages of animal crackers are sold each year in 17 different countries. To celebrate National Animal Crackers Day, enjoy a box (or two) of some delicious Barnum's Animal Crackers!


  1. My kids loved animal crackers when they were small. Nice post.

  2. Likewise and our grandchildren enjoy them as well.

  3. hahaha...I love animal crackers now! Of course who can even think about animal crackers without humming the Shirley Temple song?