The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving or animal cracker fun facts. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Animal Cracker fun facts.

Animal Cracker Fun Facts: In total there have been 54 different kinds of  animals in animal crackers since 1902.

  • The current crackers are tiger, cougar, camel, rhinoceros, kangaroo, hippopotamus, bison, lion, hyena, zebra, elephant, sheep, bear, gorilla, monkey, seal and giraffe.
  • Even though they are commonly just called ‘animal crackers’, their actual name is really ‘Barnum’s Animals Crackers’.
  • April 18th is National Animal Cracker Day.
  • The original purpose of the string on the Animal Crackers box was so that it could be hung as a Christmas ornament on the tree.
  • A box of Animal Crackers sold for 5 cents in 1902.
  • Around six thousand miles of string is used annually on Animal Cracker boxes.
  •  The only animals to make it through the entire lifetime of Barnum’s Animals Crackers are bears, elephants, lions and tigers.
  • Animal Crackers originated in England where they were known as animal biscuits.
  • For the cracker’s 100th anniversary, a survey was asked as to which animal shape the public would like to see added into the mix. The choices were: koala bear, penguin, walrus or cobra. The koala bear won with the cobra coming in last place.
  • Shirley Temple’s 1935 song “Animal Crackers in My Soup” was used by different companies advertising their brands of animal crackers.

Animal Cracker Facts We Missed

Let us know if we missed any animal cracker fun facts in the comment section below. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Animal Crackers.