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Encyclopedia > Cracker Jack
A bag of Frito-Lay's Cracker Jack, featuring Sailor Jack and his dog Bingo.
A bag of Frito-Lay's Cracker Jack, featuring Sailor Jack and his dog Bingo.

Cracker Jack is a brand of snack consisting of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts. It is also well known for being packaged with a "Toy Surprise Inside" of nominal value. This attained pop-culture status with the term "came in a Cracker Jack box" referring to an object of no real value. Look up crackerjack, Cracker Jack, cracker-jack in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... External links Frito-Lay Frito-Lay Canada Frito-Lay company history Frito-Lay company timeline Categories: Food and drink stubs | PepsiCo subsidiaries | Food companies of the United States | Snack companies of the United States ... A snack food is seen in Western culture as a type of food that is not meant to be eaten as part of one of the main meals of the day (breakfast, lunch, supper). ... A piece of caramel confectionery. ... For other uses, see Popcorn (disambiguation). ... Binomial name L. This article is about the legume. ...



The product's name is often misstated in a plural form, as in "Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks..." from the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game". Sex and the City episode, see Take Me Out to the Ballgame (SATC episode). ...

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History

1893: Frederick William Rueckheim and his brother Louis mass produce Cracker Jack and sell it at the first Chicago World's domination in 2267. At the time, it was a mixture of popcorn, molasses, and peanuts and was called "Candied Popcorn and Peanuts". Year 1893 (MDCCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The 23rd century (Gregorian Calendar) comprises the years 2201-2300. ... Molasses or treacle is a thick syrup by-product from the processing of the sugarcane or sugar beet into sugar. ...


1896: Rueckheim devises a way to keep the popcorn kernels separate. As each batch was mixed in a cement-mixer-like drum, a small quantity of oil was added -- a closely-guarded trade secret. Hitherto, the mixture had been difficult to handle as it stuck together in chunks. Year 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display calendar). ...


1912: Prizes included in Cracker Jack boxes for the first time. In recent years, the toy and trinket prizes have been replaced with paper prizes displaying riddles and jokes. Many people were disapointed by this. 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


1918: Mascots Sailor Jack and his dog, Bingo, are introduced (though they were not registered as trademark logos until 1919 [citation needed]). 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ...


1964: The Cracker Jack Company is purchased by Borden after a bidding war between Borden and Frito-Lay. Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Borden may refer to Places: Borden County, Texas Borden, Indiana Borden, Ontario Borden, England Canadian Forces Base Borden (also CFB Borden or 16 Wing Borden) People: Robert Borden (1854-1937): Eighth Prime Minister of Canada 1911-1920. ...


1997: Borden sells the brand to Frito-Lay[1]. For the band, see 1997 (band). ... External links Frito-Lay Frito-Lay Canada Frito-Lay company history Frito-Lay company timeline Categories: Food and drink stubs | PepsiCo subsidiaries | Food companies of the United States | Snack companies of the United States ...


Popular culture

An old Cracker Jack box, also featuring Sailor Jack and Bingo
An old Cracker Jack box, also featuring Sailor Jack and Bingo
  • Cracker Jack is a staple at baseball games, famously mentioned in the 1908 baseball song, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game": "Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don't care if I never get back." In a report for the National Public Radio program, On the Media, correspondent Mike Pesca contends that this is an example of product placement equivalent to $25 million in advertising.[2]
  • Mentioned in the 1977 song, "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," performed by rock singer Meat Loaf: "...but there ain't no Coupe de Ville hiding at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box..."
  • In the 1987 movie Spaceballs the character Yogurt said that he found Lone Starr's Schwartz ring as a prize inside a Cracker Jack box.
  • Mentioned in the 1997 song "Muhammed my Friend" by Tori Amos.
  • Cracker Jack played an important role in the 1924 Harold Lloyd movie Girl Shy.
  • In the 1934 film Bright Eyes, Shirley Temple sings "On the Good Ship Lollipop". She mentions "Cracker Jack bands" while holding a gigantic Cracker Jack box.
  • In the novel The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, an argument between two children regarding their Cracker Jack develops into an important plot element.
  • The snack, and a metal ring prize, is key to the plot of the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's. When Paul Varjak meets Holly Golightly's husband, Paul is given the ring from Mr. Golightly's box of Cracker Jacks. Later on, he and Holly go to Tiffany's to buy a gift, but because of a tight budget, they get the ring engraved. The salesman is pleased to learn that prizes are still included in the packaging, commenting that it "gives one a feeling of solidarity, almost of continuity with the past, that sort of thing."
  • In the movie The Little Rascals, Alfalfa gives Darla a ring, saying "I had to eat six boxes of Cracker Jacks to find it!"
  • In the TV-series The Pretender (1996-2000), Angelo is frequently seen eating Cracker Jack.
  • During World War II the K-ration was produced by the Cracker Jack company with the waxed paper ration box about the same size as the Cracker Jack box.
  • In the TV-series Seinfeld, in the 5th season episode "The Fire", Kramer puts Toby's toe in a Cracker Jack box filled with ice.
  • In the Song "All About the Pentiums" By Weird Al, it's mentioned in the line "Where'd you get your CPU? In a box of Cracker Jacks?!" Referring to poor speed and quality of ones cpu unit.

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Trivia

  • A complete set of 176 Cracker Jack prize baseball cards was sold for $800,000.[3]
  • July 5th is Cracker Jack Day.
  • In 2004, the New York Yankees baseball team replaced Cracker Jack with the similar Crunch 'n Munch at home games. The club switched back to Cracker Jack after immediate public outcry.

Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Crunch n Munch is a brand of ConAgra Foods consisting of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts. ...

External links

References

  1. ^ http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blcrackerjacks.htm
  2. ^ On the Media, Cracker Jack, August 4, 2001. Retrieved May 26, 2007.
  3. ^ http://www.tennessean.com/features/living/archives/05/03/67906069.shtml?Element_ID=67906069

  Results from FactBites:
 
Cracker Jack - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (395 words)
Cracker Jack is a brand of snack consisting of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts.
Cracker Jack was first mass-produced and sold at the first Chicago World's Fair in 1893.
The name "Cracker Jack" is said to have originated when Frederick William and Louis Rueckheim showed it to a salesman and he said "cracker, Jack"; although at the same time "crackerjack" was an expression which at the time meant "awesome" or "it's a winner."
The Seattle Times: Food: Cracker Jack: Peanuts and a prize (822 words)
Cracker Jack was not alone in joining the budding world of processed foods during those turn-of-the-century years.
The durable Cracker Jack formula, with its mild hint of molasses, still pleases the taste buds of Alex Jaramillo Jr., a member of the Cracker Jack Collectors Association — yes, there is such a thing — who has amassed thousands of CJ prizes from throughout the product's history.
Yet even if Cracker Jack is as homey and familiar as the game with which it has long been linked, its life on the American scene has not been completely free of rift or the product immune to the waves of change that constantly wash over the world of food.
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