Today is “National Animal Crackers Day”

Be honest you still go crazy for Animal Cracker cookies don't you?

April 18, 2018
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Who didn't love Animal Crackers as a kid? While mom didn't buy them often I think that's what made them that much more special when I did eat them! 

Today, April 18th is National Animal Cracker day! Why do we need this day observed? I don't care I just love that we have it! Actually the history is kind of blurry. 

Researchers have not been able to find the creator of National Animal Crackers Day. What they have found is the animal shaped cookes were imported to the U.S. from England sometime in the late 1800s. In 1902 animal crackers officially became known as “Barnum’s Animals” and developed the now familiar circus theme of the Barnum and Bailey Circus.  Later that year, the now-familiar box with a string was designed for the Christmas season made to hang from the Christmas tree.  They were a big hit in 1902 and still are today. Wow, you learn something everyday I did not know this! I'm going to hang a box now on my Christmas tree!

While the most recognizable Animal Crackers are the zoo animals, such as a lion, tiger, bear or elephant, that come in that sweet plain cookie, they also come in chocolate and frosted varieties. 

National Animal Crackers Day is the perfect day to celebrate that childhood memory again. Pick up a box and share them with your family, friends and coworkers. 

Share your photos of your Animal Crackers Day celebration using #NationalAnimalCrackersDay. ~grace