Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –
Keeping his paws on the nuts of the world
April 18th is National Animal Cracker Day. Isn’t this fantastic!! Elephants, lions, tigers, bears and monkeys oh my. These are small little sweet cookies shaped like zoo animals. They were first brought to the United States during the 1800’s. The demand for these wonderful little cookies skyrocketed and demand was over the roof!
Stauffer’s Biscuit Company was the first company to produce animal crackers in 1871 in York, Pennsylvania. Other local bakeries came together under the National Biscuit Company or “Nabisco Brands”. In 1902, the famous Barnum’s Animals circus theme box came out. Bacon’s mom says that she remembers her parents bringing her these little boxes as a treat.
Did you know that since their start in 1903, there have been 37 different animals included in the Barnum’s Animal Crackers? Today, more than 40 million packages of animal crackers are sold each year around the world.
I think Bacon does his share in the intake! They are one of his biggest treats that his mom has to get him in the economy size! I can’t tell you how many of these huge buckets that he has gone through in his day. In fact, this one is what the Easter bunny brought him and it’s almost gone. Time to reload.
So on this National Animal Cracker Day – enjoy a box OR TWO of these sweet delectable bits. Just remember though, if you are going to eat in front of the pig, you have to share!
Pooh and Chancy
04/18/2017 at 12:36 pm
We have never had Animal Crackers, but our Mumsy ate them when she was a kid. Hugs, nose and snout kisses
04/18/2017 at 1:02 pm
woohoo…Bacon’s favorite cookie day ! Makes me think of Shirley Temple singing ♪ Animal crackers ♪ in my soup ♪ rabbits and monkeys loop de loop ♪
04/18/2017 at 1:22 pm
OMP! I love that song. Mom and me sing it sometimes when I get my Animal Cracker treats. I love them!! Snort-snort. XOXO – Bacon
04/18/2017 at 1:04 pm
I wonder if the box will change once Barnum and Bailey close for good, I think this year.
04/18/2017 at 1:23 pm
I wonder – such a long standing tradition. Mom said when she was a little girl – which dad says was ions ago – her mom/dad used to buy her the little boxes when they went to the market. So neat huh? XOXO – Bacon
04/18/2017 at 1:34 pm
Hi Rocky, I got the little box of cookies when I was a little girl too. I loved them and still do.
04/18/2017 at 2:22 pm
Aren’t they the bestest? When mom sees them, she always gets one for the Bacon boy.
04/18/2017 at 2:44 pm
Yum, the best.
04/18/2017 at 2:10 pm
I’d luv to try some!
04/18/2017 at 2:23 pm
They are the bestest things ever! XOXO- Bacon
Tails Around the Ranch
04/18/2017 at 6:36 pm
Gosh, I haven’t had one of those since I was a kid! They were a hoot to play with…just before you ate the head off a lion, hippo or giraffe which was always good to make the baby brother freak out. LOL
04/18/2017 at 10:25 pm
Exactly!! That’s the best part. XOXO – Bacon
Dennis the Vizsla
04/22/2017 at 11:21 pm
hello bacon its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay wow i did not no their wuz an animal krakker day!!! i hav ben kalld a krakker dog duz that mayk me an animal krakker??? and now dada is singing sumthing abowt animal krakkers in his soop lions and tigers loop de loop i hav no ideea wot he is tawking abowt as yoozhual!!! ok bye
04/24/2017 at 9:36 am
Oh my friend, I call tell you about your daddy. He’s like mine. Humans are weird. There you go. Mystery solved. Snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon