Animal crackers are small cookies or crackers that are shaped like various animals, ranging from the everyday (like lions, tigers, bears, and elephants) to the more exotic (like camels and rhinoceroses).

These treats have a mild, sweet flavor, somewhat similar to shortbread but less rich, and are slightly crunchy in texture. They are a popular snack for children, often served as a light treat or included in lunches due to their fun shapes and manageable size.The concept of animal crackers began in the late 19th to early 20th century, with the most iconic version in the United States being Barnum’s Animals, which were first produced in 1902 by the National Biscuit Company (now known as Nabisco). These particular animal crackers are traditionally sold in a box that resembles a circus wagon with a string handle, originally designed for hanging on Christmas trees.

The packaging and the product itself have become cultural icons, evoking nostalgia in many. Over the years, various manufacturers have produced their own versions of animal crackers, offering different assortments of animal shapes and flavors.

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