“It’s crackerjack!” a taster reportedly reported in 1896 after testing a sample of Fritz and Louis Rueckheim’s molasses-flavoured candy-coated popcorn and peanuts, which they had imaginatively called “Candied Popcorn and Peanuts” when they first mass produced it for the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.
The name stuck. Just like Cracker Jack does in your teeth when you eat it.
I had hoped the name CrackerJacks would stick to my blog too, because, quite frankly, I was getting tired of renaming it.
Despite its relative youth, or perhaps because of it, my personal blog had had more names than you can shake a stick at. Some lasted a day or two. Some a week or two. But none stuck like I expected CrackerJacks to.
Sadly, like the others, it didn’t. Stick I mean.
Prior to becoming associated with what some historians call the first “junk food,” the word crackerjack referred to something of exceptionally fine quality, “a person or thing that shows marked ability or excellence,” as in “AmazingSusan is a crackerjack blogger.” (You know what they say: ‘fake it until you make it!)
The now-unknown 1896 taste tester loved the gooey popcorn snack he sampled. I hope you react the same way to this blog, regardless of its moniker.
(BTW, I love popcorn, don’t you? I’m a big fan of Orville Redenbacher’s microwavable plain. Add a dash, just a dash mind you, of salt, and a teaspoon of butter if you’re skinny jeans still fit, and voila! the perfect accompaniment for a glass of champagne. Come to think of it, champagne goes with just about everything doesn’t it…?).
A few final thoughts on Cracker Jack and going a little crazy: both may stick in your craw and/or make you think, feel, or do something out of the ordinary. They may be a nice light snack when you fancy something sweet, salty, or nutty. Or provide the full-meal deal when only popcorn and going a little crazy will do.
Like Cracker Jack the popcorn treat (which contains a prize in every box), going a little crazy harbours hidden jewels in every post.
Prizes vary in value from virtual pennies to priceless awakenings and/or diamond rings (see image above). What you get out of going a little crazy depends on you. Every post you choose to read contains big and little treasures for you and only you, but it’s up to you to find them.
There’s a whole universe of possibilities for you to discover. No purchase necessary, no forms to fill out, no SASE to send. All you have to do is to go a little crazy yourself and follow this blog; it will magically show up in your inbox and/or reader.
I’ll bring the Cracker Jack, toothpicks, and champagne. You bring the floss. Let’s go a little crazy together!
Besides going a little crazy in a good way, Susan Macaulay created and curates Amazing Women Rock , SheQuotes and My Alzheimer’s Story. She also helps people with public speaking, confidence building, writing and editing.