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Why are "oyster crackers" called "oyster crackers"?

They don't TASTE like oysters, They don't LOOK like oysters...What's the dealio???


Asked by Starfire73 at 1:40 AM on Jun. 24, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • The oyster crackers were introduced in Trenton, NJ in 1847 by an English immigrant, Adam Exton. Exton conceived the idea of baking a cracker to be used in oyster stews. In those days, oysters were as popular as shrimp today. As the saying went: "Six oysters a day will help keep the doctor away."

    by the way I'm getting this from web sites im no oyster cracker expert LOL

    Answer by HannahLee87 at 1:55 AM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • The shape maybe, idk.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:42 AM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • They're not shaped like oysters though

    Answer by Starfire73 at 1:44 AM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • In New England oyster crackers are served in oyster stew and chowders. Oyster crackers do not contain oysters. The origin of the name is unclear, but it may be that they were originally served with oyster stew or clam chowder or merely that their form (a vaguely round 'shell' that splits evenly into two parts) was suggestive of the shape of an oyster in its shell. According to the web site of the still-extant bakery discussed below, the crackers were so named because they were commonly served with oyster stew and other oyster dishes (at least on their early packages).

    Answer by HannahLee87 at 1:48 AM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • They go in clam chowder and that are umm umm goood! But why not call them clam crackers?

    Answer by Gigi1969 at 1:50 AM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • Well I HATE clam chowder, so I put them in my chili!

    Answer by Starfire73 at 1:52 AM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • I hate seafood, but I love to munch on the oyster

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 11:48 AM on Jun. 24, 2009

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