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April 18th is National Animal Crackers Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then maybe you should breakout a snack food from your childhood because it's National Animal Crackers Day!  Been a while since you chomped on some of these babies, huh?  Let's get right into celebrating National Animal Crackers Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Today is a holiday because these crackers are so commonly eaten by almost everyone. And if you're sitting there saying, "Not me!" then ask your parents if they ever fed them to you as a kid. I know I had them as I grew up and they've been around for a very long time. So the popularity of a food has once again sparked a new holiday!  Animal shaped cookies called... Animals were imported from England to the United States in the late 19th century and the public demanded more. So people started baking them up locally at places like Stauffer's Biscuit Company in 1871, Dozier-Weyl Cracker Company and Holmes and Coutts Company. Then came the National Biscuit Company, what we now call Nabisco, and in 1902 these crackers were known as Barnum's Animals.

There are a wide variety of different animal shapes and the containers are all made to appeal to kids, because that's who will most likely be eating them. There have even been 37 different animals for Barnum's Animal Crackers since 1903 and new brands have popped up like Austin Zoo Animal Crackers and Cadburys Animals. These wonderful little crackers come in shapes that range from house cats to rhinos and don't seem to be going away any time soon.  So pop a couple in your mouth today, why don't ya?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how can you celebrate today?  Well, you can easily go to your local grocery store and pick up a package of any type of animal cracker you'd like. Then just munch on them all day and share with others who look a little hungry. And if you have kids then definitely get them in on it; who knows, you might have a new favorite snack food on your hands. Kids love being able to play with their food ;).

Or you could get a bag of each kind and see who has the best animal cracker recipe. There are even some frosted ones out there that I'm sure you'll love! You could vote on taste alone or you could throw in package design and types of animal shapes to really help you decide who has the best animal crackers.  Or you could even try to find different ways to eat animal crackers. Would they make a good cereal or can you dunk them in milk like cookies? Would they make a nice addition to your soup? Are they good when dipped in things like say... ice cream? If you smashed a bunch into a pie tin would they make a good pie crust?  How about some homemade macaroni and cheese with crumbled animal crackers on top? Get creative and go crazy! You are dealing with animals after all ;).  Have a great day and get to chomping!





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