What’s Trending Wednesday: National Animal Crackers Day
We’re serving up a bit of nostalgia in this week’s What’s Trending Wednesday, celebrating National Animal Crackers Day with some fun facts about the beloved snack.
Did you know…
- The crackers originated in England, where they were called animal biscuits.
- In 1902 they became known as “Barnum’s animals” named after the country’s greatest showman, P.T. Barnum. that’s when they adopted a circus theme.
- Also, in 1902 you could buy a box for only 5
- Today’s crackers come in 16 shapes: a tiger, cougar, camel, rhino, kangaroo, hippo, bison, hyena, zebra, elephant, sheep, bear, gorilla, monkey, seal and giraffe.
- The only animals to remain in the bag since 1902 are the bear, elephant, lion and tiger.
Now here’s an interesting bit of trivia…
In Shirley Temple’s 1935 song “animal crackers in my soup” she says “monkeys and rabbits loop the loop.”
But did you ever check for a rabbit?
You won’t find one.
There has never been a rabbit cracker.
More than 40 million packages of animal crackers are sold each year in 17 countries.
You can celebrate National Animal Cookie Day by reminiscing on a childhood snack.
Be sure to capture the moment and use the hashtag #NationalAnimalCrackersDay
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