A box of original-flavored Triscuit

Triscuit is a snack cracker, made by Nabisco, which takes the form of square baked whole wheat wafers. It was invented in 1900, a patent was granted in 1902,[1] and the Shredded Wheat Company in Niagara Falls, New York began production the next year.[2]


1903 advertisement

Nabisco began producing Triscuit in 1903 in Niagara Falls, New York. The manufacturer boasted the wafers had been "Baked by Electricity".

A wafer measured 2-1/4 inches by 4 inches and remained that size for nearly twenty-one years. At that point, the ovens were altered and the cracker size changed to a 2-inch by 2-inch square.[2]

Triscuit is made from wheat which is first cooked in water until it reaches about fifty percent moisture content and is then tempered, which is intended to allow the moisture to diffuse evenly into the grain. The grain is then formed into shredded wheat strands by using slotted rollers. Webs are formed from the strands and then several webs are stacked together. The still moist stack of strands is crimped at regular intervals to produce individual crackers. The moisture content is reduced to five percent by oven baking.

In 1935, producers began spraying the crackers with oil and adding salt. The flavor remained constant until 1984, when additional choices were offered and the crackers were made crispier.[2]

The packaging was changed in 2008, 2011, and again in 2013.

In 2013 a new brown rice Triscuit made of whole grain brown rice and wheat was introduced.[3]


Betty Buckley and Shirley Jones have appeared in Triscuit commercials in the mid-1970s to 1980.



  1. Perky, Henry. "Filamentous Cracker - Patent No. 713,795". Retrieved 2008-02-02.
  2. 1 2 3 Hughes, Nancy. "HowStuffWorks - How Triscuits Work". Retrieved 2008-02-02.
  3. "Triscuit Builds On Century-Old Wheat Tradition To Launch Brown Rice Crackers". PR Newswire. April 3, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-14.

External links

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 11/21/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.