Who doesn’t love the crunchy cookie and sweetness of an animal cracker? These fun little crackers are typically in the shape of circus or zoo animals such as elephants, lions, tigers, bears, and monkeys.
Animal-shaped crackers were first brought to the United States during the late 1800’s. The demand for these treats skyrocketed so to meet the demand of this sweet treat bakers began to produce them domestically.
Stauffer’s Biscuit Company was the first company to produce animal crackers in 1871 in York, Pennsylvania. Later, local bakeries soon came together under the National Biscuit Company, or “Nabisco Brands.” It was not until 1902 though that the animal cracker’s box débuted its “Barnum’s Animals” circus theme, matching the outside of the box with what was inside.
Did you know that since their start in 1903, there have been 37 different animals included in Barnum’s Animal Crackers? Today more than 40 million packages of animal crackers are sold each year around the world. To celebrate National Animal Crackers Day, enjoy a box (or two) of some delicious Barnum’s Animal Crackers!