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A box of original-flavored Triscuit

Triscuit is the brand name for snack crackers, made by Nabisco, which take the form of square baked whole wheat wafers. They were 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 advertisers boasted the wafers were "Baked by Electricity".

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

Triscuits are made from wheat, which is first cooked in water until it reaches about fifty percent moisture content, then tempered to allow the moisture to diffuse evenly in the grain. Slotted rollers form the grain into shredded wheat strands, which are then formed into webs. Several webs are stacked together and the still-moist stack is crimped to produce individual crackers. Oven baking then reduces the moisture content to five percent.[citation needed]

In 1935, producers began spraying the crackers with oil and adding salt. In 1984 additional flavor choices were introduced, and the crackers were made crispier.[2]

The packaging was changed in 2008, 2011 and 2013.


  1. ^ Perky, Henry. "Filamentous Cracker - Patent No. 713,795". Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  2. ^ a b c Hughes, Nancy. "HowStuffWorks - How Triscuits Work". Retrieved 2008-02-02.

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