Happy Birthday Animal Crackers!

18 Apr

Bust out the balloons and streamers. Today, Animal Crackers turns 110!

People may argue whether they are cookies or crackers, but there’s no debating that these tasty and underrated treats have kept people happy for over a decade.

Although they seem so simple, Animal Crackers have a whole lot of history behind them. So why not celebrate with some sweet facts about the lil guys.

Don't put these in your soup!

  • Originally, Animal Crackers were a British biscuit (aka light cookie) called Animals that came to America in the late 1880s.
  •  Inspired by Barnum and Bailey Circus, animal crackers became known as “Barnum’s Animals” in 1902, and then “Barnum’s Animal Crackers” in 1948.
  • Multiple brands produce Animal Crackers, but Nabisco’s Barnum’s Animal Crackers are the most well-known.
  • Since 1902, 54 different types of animals have been represented by Animal Crackers.
  • The current crackers are tiger, cougar, camel, rhinoceros,kangaroo, hippopotamus, bison, lion, hyena, zebra, elephant, sheep, bear,gorilla, monkey, polar bear, seal and giraffe.
  • To mark the 100th birthday in 2002, a koala was added to the mix.

In addition to being a tasty snack, Animal Crackers have become a part of pop culture, from catchy songs to scene stealers.

Do you have an Animal Cracker memory or moment to share? Leave it in the comment section!

Hugs and Hershey Kisses,



One Response to “Happy Birthday Animal Crackers!”


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