Anyone for an ANIMAL CRACKER ???
Remember these little gems? They’re still around … as I found out when a co-worker brought a big jug of them recently to the Clinic where I volunteer twice a week. It really jogged my memory as I happily munched out on a handful of them.
I think I first became aware of them way back in the 1930’s. I can’t remember my exact age but I do recall that my sisters and I were each given one of the little boxes with the strings attached as a Christmas treat. We would hang them on the tree when they were empty !
I was interested to read that they actually were imported from England in the late 19th century although the Barnum animal theme came many years later, as did the colorful packaging. But what really struck me, as I ate my fill, was how delightfully different they are from the sickly sweet cookies and candies that are foisted on us today.
I dare say that the sugar industry has done a thorough job in changing the taste buds of America. No wonder we have a crisis of obesity in our country and it’s time we turned the clock back to that simpler time … when a box of Animal Crackers was all the sweetness we needed.