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April 18th is National Animal Cracker Day

Posted on April 18, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about Animal Crackers

The famous Barnum’s animal crackers box was originally a Christmas ornament hung by a string.  The string can still be found on boxes.

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A box of Animal Crackers sold for 5 cents in 1902.

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Animal Crackers originated in England where they were known as animal biscuits.

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54 different animals have been created as animal crackers. The most popular brand, Barnum’s Animal Crackers, has featured 37 different animals since 1902.

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The most recent addition to the Barnum’s animal crackers is the Koala bear.

Fun Fact:

Over the years, the only ones that have survived the entire lifetime of the product are bears, elephants, lions and tigers.

Shirley Temple sang “Animal crackers in my soup, Monkeys and rabbits loop the loop,”, but rabbits never found their way into a box of Barnum’s Animal Crackers.

The name referred to P. T. Barnum (1810-1891), the famous circus owner and showman.

 

Today’s Food History

  • 1834 William Lamb became prime minister of England. (I know it’s a stretch, but his name is Lamb!).
  • 1904 ‘Pigmeat’ Markham was born. American actor, comedian. (“Here comes the Judge.”).
  • 1906 San Francisco was hit by a devastating earthquake at 5:12 a.m.
  • 1907 The Fairmont hotel reopened in San Francisco, one year after being severely damaged by the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
  • 1944 Skip Spence of the music group ‘Moby Grape’ was born.

April 18th is National Animal Cracker Day

Posted on April 18, 2017

High-res version

Here are today’s five things to know about Animal Crackers

The famous Barnum’s animal crackers box was originally a Christmas ornament hung by a string.  The string can still be found on boxes.

barnum27s_animals_examples

A box of Animal Crackers sold for 5 cents in 1902.

2990318344_00a300feab_b

Animal Crackers originated in England where they were known as animal biscuits.

5697873571_895f273121_b

54 different animals have been created as animal crackers. The most popular brand, Barnum’s Animal Crackers, has featured 37 different animals since 1902.

vintage-animal-cracker-box

The most recent addition to the Barnum’s animal crackers is the Koala bear.

Fun Fact:

Over the years, the only ones that have survived the entire lifetime of the product are bears, elephants, lions and tigers.

Shirley Temple sang “Animal crackers in my soup, Monkeys and rabbits loop the loop,”, but rabbits never found their way into a box of Barnum’s Animal Crackers.

The name referred to P. T. Barnum (1810-1891), the famous circus owner and showman.

 

Today’s Food History

  • 1834 William Lamb became prime minister of England. (I know it’s a stretch, but his name is Lamb!).
  • 1904 ‘Pigmeat’ Markham was born. American actor, comedian. (“Here comes the Judge.”).
  • 1906 San Francisco was hit by a devastating earthquake at 5:12 a.m.
  • 1907 The Fairmont hotel reopened in San Francisco, one year after being severely damaged by the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
  • 1944 Skip Spence of the music group ‘Moby Grape’ was born.

Origins of Animal Crackers

Posted on April 18, 2012

  Animal Crackers refer to a particular type of sweet-tasting crackers that are shaped into various circus animals. In the late 1800’s, animal-shaped cookies (or “biscuits” in British terminology) were introduced from England to the United States known as “Animals”.  The earliest recipe of “Animals” we found in print appeared in a commercial cooking book published in 1883. “1 bbl flour, 40 lbs sugar, 16 lard, 12 oz soda, 8 ozs ammonia, 6 3/4 gals milk.”-Secrets of the Bakers and Confectioners’ Trade, J. D. Hounihan, April 1, 1883 (p. 96) The demand for these cookies grew to the point that bakers began to produce them domestically. In 1902, the most popular product we know today as Animal Crackers (Barnum’s Animals Crackers) was officially introduced…

Animal Crackers

Posted on April 17, 2010

In the late 1800s, animal-shaped cookies (or “biscuits” in British terminology) called “Animals” were imported from England to the United States. The demand for these crackers grew to the point that bakers began to produce them domestically. Stauffer’s Biscuit Company produced their first batch of animal crackers in 1871 in York, Pennsylvania.[1] Other domestic bakeries, including the Dozier-Weyl Cracker Company of St. Louis and the Holmes and Coutts Company of New York City, were the predecessors of the National Biscuit Company, today’s “Nabisco Brands”. Animal biscuit crackers were made and distributed under the National Biscuit Company banner. In 1902, animal crackers officially became known as “Barnum’s Animals” and evoked the familiar circus time theme. Later in 1902, the now-familiar box was designed for the…

  

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