A cracker of an idea for Christmas

More about Christmas Crackers from Cabbieblog.com.


It’s the question soon to be asked at every table in Britain “Shall we pull the crackers before, or after dinner?”

This curious tradition of pulling on a roll of coloured paper was invented in London 165 years ago by Tom Smith.

Starting work at an ornamental confectioner’s Tom would experiment on producing more sophisticated designs of wedding cake decorations than was being sold by his employers. It wasn’t long before he branched out on his own setting up a business in Goswell Road producing confectionery products. Travelling widely in 1840 on a trip to Paris he discovered the ‘’Bon Bon’, a sugared almond wrapped in a twist of tissue paper. This simple confection which proved popular in London at Christmas would evolve into the cracker we know today.

His next improvement to the French ‘Bon Bon’ was to wrap a small love motto inside the tissue paper as a…

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3 thoughts on “A cracker of an idea for Christmas

  1. I was invited to Christmas Dinner yesterday, and we had…that’s right! Christmas Cracker! What a delightfully fun surprise! The jokes were corny, the hats were fabulous, and the toys were my most favorite part!

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