Thursday, November 11, 2010

Crunch 'n Munch is not Cracker Jack

Karen most decidedly does not have a sweet tooth. She rarely eats dessert, and when she does, it's usually only a bite.

But for some unexplained reason, she is a devotee of Cracker Jack.  We bought some the other day when she spotted it at a pharmacy, which caused her to ask how old it was.

It turns out Cracker Jack was invented for the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.  The name was chosen when a sampler said "That's crackerjack," which meant "of exceptional quality."  It gained a fair amount of fame when it was mentioned in the song Take Me Out to the Ball Game, written in 1908.  And it has been a staple of baseball games ever since.

In 2004, the New York Yankees replaced it at Yankee Stadium with a similar item, called Crunch 'n Munch.  They quickly had to restore the Cracker Jack after their fans loudly complained

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