History of Saltine Cracker


Saltine Cracker

History of the Saltine Cracker

Saltine crackers are among the most preferred kinds of crackers in the world today. Sometimes called a soda or saltina cracker, these thin square shaped crackers are produced using baking soda, shortening, yeast, flour , and coarse salt. Perforations are visible all over the cracker's surface allowing the cracker to break easily. A Saltine cracker has a wonderful salty, crunchy, crispy and dry texture taste that's perfect on its own or when blended with a variety of different foods

Saltine Cracker






The precursor to the modern-day saltine cracker was something known as soda crackers or saltina crackers. These crackers were comparable in size and shape, but had a slightly different taste than present day crackers. It all started in 1792 in the town of Newburyport, Massachusetts, when a business by the name of Pearson and Sons Bakery started baking something called pilot bread, which was comparable to what sailors ate on their ships. Pilot bread was hard and dense, however it was the customarily acknowledged cracker.

Credit for the saltine cracker is attributed to the Josiah Bent Bakery that was located in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The owner of the bakery watched the sales of pilot bread from his competitor Pearson & Sons. In 1801 Josiah Bent decided to create a better tasting cracker that could still be taken on ships and remain fresh as they sailed from port to port. After experimenting with different types of crackers, the bakery finally created a cracker that had a light flavor but was still crisp. These crackers were called soda crackers.

Seventy-five years later in 1876 the very first name brand saltine cracker, "Premium" , was introduced by F. L. Sommer & Company of St. Joseph, Missouri. The Premium brand used the traditional soda cracker recipe that had been developed and mass produced them for the general public. Their soda cracker was shaped into the familiar small square crackers with dusted salt on the top that we are familiar with till this day. Initially called the Premium Soda Cracker and later "Saltines" as a result of the baking salt ingredient, the invention quickly became popular and Sommer's business quadrupled within four years. The company was best known for their slogan, "Polly wants a cracker?" which ran in advertisements and on saltine cracker boxes. That company merged with other companies to form the American Biscuit Company in 1890 which then became after further mergers part of Nabisco in 1898. The continued use by Nabisco of the phrase "Polly wants a cracker?" made the saltine cracker famous and this slogan has become part of our everyday lexicon.
Polly want a Saltine Cracker

The word "Saltine" was actually a trademarked word that was owned by Nabisco, who took over the Premium brand. Nabisco lost the trademark ownership after the term "saltine" began to be used generically to refer to similar crackers. The name "saltine" was placed in the Merriam Webster Dictionary in 1907 and was defined as "a thin crisp cracker usually sprinkled with salt".

During the Roaring 20's, the saltine cracker became a true national favorite due to the success of the Premium brand. Prior to that time, the saltine cracker was well-known in parts of the Midwest and Missouri where the brand was founded and the factory was located. In the 1920s, Premium began distributing the recipe and saltine crackers to other regions of the country, which helped the saltine cracker grow in popularity.

The increase in popularity of the saltine cracker could be specifically traced back to the Great Depression of the 1930s. The American people had little money and needed food products that were inexpensive , healthy and flavorful. The saltine cracker was mass produced and available at many stores with numerous brands to choose from.. People were able to use the saltine crackers as a filler in foods such as meatloaf allowing them to expand the portion quantity, or crumble the saltine cracker into a soup to help make the dish much more filling, without having to spend a lot of money.

Saltine crackers are generally eaten as a light snack, often with butter , cheese, peanut butter, cream cheese (my favorite way ), etc. The saltine cracker may also be crumbled or dipped into stews, soups, chilis, or dips, and even crumbled into salads. Typically saltine crackers are sold in boxes containing two to four stacks of crackers, each stack being wrapped in a sleeve of waxed paper or plastic. In restaurants, saltine crackers can be found in small wrapped packets of two crackers, which usually accompany a soup or salad. Cracker meal, a type of coarse to semi fine flour made from crushed saltine crackers, can be used as a topping for meals; breading for fried or baked red meats, chicken, fish or tofu; or for a thickener for soups, sauces, stews, and chilis.

The Saltine cracker is really an excellent snack to munch on throughout your weight reduction regimen with few carbs, calories, fats, etc. As a home remedy, the saltine cracker is eaten by many people in order to ease the discomfort of nausea and to settle an upset stomach. Pregnant women are also advised to snack on saltine crackers. The Saltine cracker has also been included in United States military field rations.

Nabisco's PREMIUM SALTINES is the #1 saltine cracker with a light-weight, flaky texture and gentle flavour. It is the brand most often associated with the saltine cracker, but today, any type of cracker with salt on the top can be called a saltine cracker.

Some familiar brand names of saltine crackers are Nabisco's Premium Saltine Cracker , Back to Nature Organic Saltine Cracker , Sunshine Biscuits' Krispy Saltine Cracker and Keebler's Zesta Saltine Cracker, both owned by Kellogg's, and Annie's Homegrown Organic Saltine Cracker. Saltin Noel crackers are also a favorite among some parts of the U.S. Hispanic community. Unsalted tops as well as organic whole grain saltine crackers can also be found.

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Subject: stale crackers?

Content: I love Premium saltines and have bought them all my life(calendar says I am 83 yrs. old) But, for the past several months in eac large box(4 sleeves) there is always (1) sleeve, broken up and tastes stale..just like the one I opened up today...why is this?
Name: Pat M.


Subject: Cracker idea

Content: I have an idea on a cracker style that I feel would be very very successful! Please message me back to hear my idea! If not interest after I present my idea to you then feel free to say so! Thank you in advance!
Name: Dustin F.


Subject: Premium saltine crackers

Content: Good evening If there's no saltine crackers. Then there's no tuna,hog head cheese,jelly or peanut butter. Then my mom won't eat it. She even eat it with coffee. She even have this big saltine crackers canister to hold her crackers for freshness. October 23 she will be 80 years old I want to know if you can send her some kind of trinkets or souvenirs or even crackers to put in her baskets we are making for her. We would appreciate it
Name: Carol B.


Subject: The Cracker House Project

Content: Hello, I am currently looking for donations and funding for our non-profit project of the Cracker House Project. We are renovating the house of creator of the original Saltine cracker, Frank Sommer. We have a link to a rally page if you would be interested in helping us with this project! https://rally.org/f/3tMh4R98Npm
Name: Christina R.


Subject: Premium Saltine crackers

Content: I have enjoyed your product for years. In the past even if your product was out of date the crackers were still excellent, but recently your product has went down hill. If they are even close to being out if date the smell and taste like some oily chemical. I mean really nasty. What ever has chaged oil etc its bad
Name: Russell R.


Subject: Saltine crackers

Content: I want to know is are y'all ever going to start making crackers with a Ziploc bag , all these other companies cereal , cheese sausage patties it would make sense to me it would be easier to open and close . Thank you happy Thanksgiving
Name: Penny A.


Subject: Recipe

Content: I have a great idea for your development department. I have eaten them and it combines salty and sweet. Take peanut butter marshmallow fluff and spread them on Saltines. They are outstanding
Name: Bill


Subject: Bad Premium Crackers

Content: Ha soup and cacklers for lunch. Cracker smelled and tasted bad....maybe oil? Cafe owner must be old crackers ? What do you say ?
Name: Ken


Subject: Wrapper

Content: Yalls cracker sleeve annoys me. It doesn't tear clean and and it's hard to reseal. I love saltine crackers
Name: Trevor M.


Subject: Saltine crackers bought

Content: Bought 2 boxes of my favorite saltine crackers, both boxes had sleeves of broken crackers they were just crumbs. What is going on with your prod
Name: Louise L.


Subject: Stale crackers

Content: I would like to inquire about Saltines freshness since it seems that lately most of the Saltine purchases that I have made turned out to be stale
Name: Robert M.


Subject: too many broken crackers

Content: I bought a box of wheat saltines and half of the box was broken. I needed them for a potluck the next day and could not return to the store. What can you do for me?
Name: Noreen T.


Subject: Disappointing latest version

Content: The latest saltine is very hard and the sea salt does not stick to saltine. This leaves a 71-year-old lady with dental issues unable to enjoy your product, as I have for many, many years.
Name: Diana R.


Subject: Serious inquiry

Content: Hello,
My name is Rachel Leone. I am very fond of saltine crackers. In fact they are the soul of my diet. I have a genetic gastrointestinal autoimmune disease which entails a low residue diet. Without saltines my life would be very dull... I never get sick of them.
I eat at least a sleeve a day.
I was wondering if you had an opportunities to be an ambassador for marketing purposes would be ideal. I would love to share my positive views on your product with the world via internet.
Please let me know. I look forward to speaking with you.
Name: Rachel L.



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