Sunday, January 20, 2013
The design of animal crackers (or cookies) originated in England in the 1890s, but it was in America in 1902 that they really got moving. In that year, parents across America bought their children a new, inexpensive, and edible toy marketed by the Nabisco Company just before Christmas. The present was 22 animal-shaped cookies in a little rectangular box made to look like a circus cage. The box had a string handle, which made it suitable as a play purse. That was just a bonus. Initially, the purpose of the string was so that parents could hang the boxes of cookies from the family Christmas tree.