"animal crackers"


Animal Crackers refer to a small baked cookie that is in the shape of circus or zoo animals, such as lions, tigers, bears or elephants. This is a day that hopefully stirs up those special childhood memories. Who didn’t love those small boxes of crackers we shared with our friends?

When is Animal Cracker Day Celebrated?

Every year on April 18th.

Type of Holiday?

Fun. Unofficial Holiday.

How to Celebrate National Animal Cracker Day?

  • There are many recipes including vegan and paleo.
  • You can also crush the crackers to use as a crust for bars, use them as decorative toppings for cupcakes, dip them in chocolate or crumble into yogurt.
  • Hand out boxes of Barnum’s Crackers to your friends, children and co-workers.
  • Have friends and family over and serve the animal crackers

Animal Cracker Day Trivia/Facts:

  • Stauffer’s Biscuit Company was the first to manufacture the crackers in 1851.
  • The famous Barnum’s animal crackers box was originally a Christmas ornament hung by a string. The string can still be found on boxes. These are the most popular brand of crackers.
  • The original cookies or crackers were from England and date to about the 1800s.
  • In 1902 a box of animal crackers sold for 5 cents!
  • There have been 54 different animals created as animal crackers, 37 featured by Barnum.
  • The latest animal to be added to Barnum’s crackers was the Koala, voted in by consumers in September 2002.
  • Before Barnum’s small boxes, the crackers were usually sold in barrels, hence the term “cracker barrel”.

Celebrities who celebrate their birthday on April 18th:

  • Conan O’Brien – TV Host
  • Clarence S. Darrow – Defense attorney
  • Jeff Dunham – Ventriloquist
  • Hayley Mills – Actress
  • Thomas Middleton – Playwright
  • Sylvia Fisher – Soprano
  • James Woods – Actor
  • Tony Mottola – Guitarist

Popular Social Media Hashtags:

#animalcrackers #lions #tigers #bears

Other holidays celebrated in April include April Fool’s Day. There are your health holidays, which includes World Health Day and Autism Awareness Day, And of course – we have the fun holidays from World Party Day to National Siblings Day and National Pet Day. Let’s not forget the numerous food and drink holidays – from National Empanada day to National Beer Day.

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