Pudding Lane Union Jack Party Poppers
Contents: 12 Crackers each containing a novelty, hat, motto and snap.
History of the Cracker: Thomas J. Smith, a London candy maker, invented crackers in 1847. To differentiate his sweets from competitors, he wrapped them in a twist of paper on which he printed mottoes and love notes. Inspired by the crackling of wood in a fireplace, he added a "crackle" sound. When bon bon sales slumped, he replaced his confections with small gifts. Later, his son, Walter Smith, introduced paper hats, unique designs and clever gifts for the same reason his father did - to differentiate his product form copycat manufactures.