In the United States of America
refers to a dry, thin and crisp savoury biscuit
that developed from military hardtack
and nautical ship biscuits.
It is most often salted. Brands including Club, Town House and Ritz
are used spread with cheese, pate or mousse. Saltine and oyster crackers are often used in soup. Graham crackers
are eaten as a cookie
although they were invented for their supposed health benefits. Animal crackers are a hard cookie and not a real cracker. Crackers sometimes have cheese
as ingredients or even chicken
stock. Mock apple pie
is made from crackers and vinegar
Crackers also exist in the UK, where they are called cheese biscuits or savoury biscuits. Cream crackers (like Jacobs) are also popular.
See also Food.