Nothing says “upscale party” quite like fancy hors d’oeuvres, right? There you are, in black tie or a little black dress, juggling a glass of wine or a cocktail and an artful bit of “finger food” (or several of them on a plate if there’s a buffet), while also attempting to carry on a convivial conversation.
The World of Food
"Animal crackers in my soup
Monkeys and rabbits loop the loop
Gosh, oh gee! but I have fun
Swallowing animals one by one…"
— Shirley Temple, 1935
This week, in case you missed it, Americans celebrated National Animal Cracker Day! Despite what the song says, these animal-shaped treats tend to be more of a cookie and are therefore not exactly top-of-mind when it comes to soup. But their popularity as a snack has endured, especially with children (and presumably with little Shirley back in the day). Where did the idea come from, and how long have they been around?