National Animal Crackers Day
annually on April 18th
Animal-shaped cookies similar to animal crackers were being eaten in the United Kingdom in the 1800s. By the 1870s, animal crackers, which are a type of snack and not a brand, were being made in the United States. The Stauffer Biscuit Company started making them in 1871. The most popular brand, originally known as Barnum's Animals, began being made in 1902 by the National Biscuit Company (now known as Nabisco). They were named after P.T. Barnum and were sold in small packages that were designed to look like circus trains. The packages had a string at their top and were intended to be hung on Christmas trees. Now known as Barnum's Animals Crackers, they have been shaped into 37 types of animals throughout the years. In general, animal crackers are usually shaped into zoo or circus animals such as lions, tigers, bears, elephants, and monkeys.
How to Observe
Celebrate the day by eating animal crackers. Pick up some of the first brand, Stauffer's, or buy a few boxes of Barnum's Animals Crackers. If you are feeling extra adventurous, you could make your own. While you are enjoying your crackers, you could sit back and watch the classic Marx Brothers film, Animal Crackers.