One man went on a deep dive into the ‘Triscuit’ origin story to learn how the cracker got its name

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Triscuit crackers have been a staple in pantries for ages, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a grocery store cracker aisle without the brightly-colored yellow boxes. Made of just whole grain wheat, oil, and salt, traditional Triscuits are perfect for topping with cheese, vegetables, smoked fish, meats, or anything else your imagination can come up with.

But why the name? Many people reasonably assume that “Triscuit” is a play on the word “biscuit” reflecting those three basic ingredients. But those people would be wrong. So wrong.

New York City-based writer Sage Boggs recently revealed on Twitter how a social gathering led him to go down a Triscuit-shaped rabbit-hole. And, as a result, his life has been indelibly altered. (I mean, probably! Wouldn’t yours be?)

“OK, buckle up. I wanna talk to you about Triscuit,” Boggs tweeted on Wednesday.

OK, buckle up. I wanna talk to you about Triscuit.

— Sage Boggs (@sageboggs) March 26, 2020

Boggs went on to relay how he, too, had incorrectly assumed what the “tri” in Triscuit stood for, and that a Google inquiry had turned up nothing. As did an email to Nabisco, which was hardly forthcoming with an answer to the mystery.

The consensus was that "TRI" means three. Maybe "three layers" or "three ingredients." No one knew for sure, though, so I Googled it. But here's the thing — Google didn't seem to have an official answer, either. Just more guesses.

— Sage Boggs (@sageboggs) March 26, 2020

"The "TRI" does not mean 3." How… how do they know what it DOESN'T mean, but NOT know what it DOES mean? HOW??

— Sage Boggs (@sageboggs) March 26, 2020

But finally, his internet sleuthing paid off.

I was baffled. And I couldn't stand not knowing. So I did a little sleuthing online, and stumbled on some early Triscuit advertisements. Take a look at these bad boys:

— Sage Boggs (@sageboggs) March 26, 2020


— Sage Boggs (@sageboggs) March 26, 2020

Had Boggs checked the Triscuit Wikipedia page (that literally links to a How Stuff Works article saying as much) he may have found his answer quicker. But who are we to rob a man of his achievement?! Especially when Big Triscuit even gave him a high five during his victory lap.

We had to go all the way up the ladder but we CAN confirm ⚡

— Triscuit⚡ (@TheRealTriscuit) March 26, 2020

Blame it on the coronavirus quarantine if you want, but many people—such as Patton Oswalt, Seth Meyers, and other comedians and authors—could not get enough of the Triscuit origin story.

my god. read this on the toilet ‘cuz you will shit yourself at the end of this thread

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 26, 2020

What a delight…

— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) March 26, 2020

I needed this thread a lot.

— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) March 26, 2020

This is amazing.

— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️‍🌈 (@cmclymer) March 26, 2020


— Sarah Gailey (@gaileyfrey) March 26, 2020

Very good Triscuit thread, doubt I’ll ever read a better one

— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) March 26, 2020

Good morning. This was just as emotional and satisfying as the first 7 minutes of UP.

— Alex Brightman (@ABrightMonster) March 26, 2020

This thread has a Shyalaman twist ending, I gotta tell you.

— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) March 26, 2020

This thread has me screaming.

— Your Skincare Fav ✨ (@caveofbeauty) March 26, 2020

This deserves a pulitzer. Sage is a Hero of the Republic.

— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) March 26, 2020

One person even accused Boggs of being a Triscuit undercover agent:

I wish I were getting paid. That'd be so rad

— Sage Boggs (@sageboggs) March 26, 2020

And then @ArtDecider weighed in because obviously, this is high art if we’ve ever seen it:


— Art Or Not Art (@ArtDecider) March 26, 2020

One day, we’ll all tell our grandchildren about the big scary virus, and how we had to amuse ourselves with fun facts such as how Triscuit crackers got their name. If the future even holds things like “grandchildren” and “Triscuits,” anyway. Who even knows anymore!


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