How Many Different Animals Come In Circus Animal Cracker Boxes?

First introduced as Bamum’s Animals in 1902 by the National Biscuit Company, also known as Nabisco, animal cracker cookies have always come in a circus-wagon package.

A century ago, the package was made of tin and designed to hang on a Christmas tree, and the animals were just cookie-cutter silhouettes instead of a more detailed design.

Over the years, 37 different animals have been represented.

Today the 22 crackers in your cardboard box are randomly selected from a pool of 17 animals:

bear, bison, camel, cougar, elephant, giraffe, gorilla, hippopotamus, hyena, kangaroo, lion, monkey, rhinoceros, seal, sheep, tiger, and zebra.

A song sung by Shirley Temple in 1935, called “Animal Crackers in My Soup”, was used by many companies for advertising animal crackers.

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