Zu Zu Ginger Snaps
Zu Zu Ginger Snaps were round drop cookies produced beginning in 1901 by National Biscuit Company (NBC) - later changed to Nabisco - until the early 1980s. The snaps were "a spicy combination of ginger and sugar-cane molasses" and came in a distinctive yellow box with reddish type.
Origin of Name
|This article does not cite any references or sources. (June 2013)|
In Out of the Cracker Barrel by William Cahn (a book commissioned by the National Biscuit Company), the name of the product is said to have possibly originated from a character in the play Forbidden Fruit by Dion Boucicault. Adolphus Green, NBC's first chairman, supposedly saw the play and adapted the name of the character "Zulu."
According to Laura Wattenberg in her book The Baby Name Wizard, the name ZuZu "comes from Zuzana, a Czech/Slovak form of Susana."
In popular culture
In the movie It's a Wonderful Life, the youngest Bailey daughter is named Zuzu (played by Karolyn Grimes). George Bailey (played by James Stewart), her father, refers to her as "my little gingersnap." The movie character's name is spelled Zuzu (one word, one upper-case z) possibly to avoid any legal issues.