Ahhhhhh, animal crackers, the crispy cookie shaped like various animals, neatly packaged into a small red box that resembles a circus train. What? They still make those little boxes with the shoestring handle? Yes they do. Coming from a family of 7 kids, this was an inexpensive treat mom would bring when she would do the grocery shopping. We marched them, we traded them and then CRUNCH, they became extinct. So what is the deal with these things? Where did they begin?