Sunday, July 7, 2024

Question: What’s considered to be America’s first “junk food” snack?

Answer: Cracker Jack was introduced at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair by a German immigrant who took relatively healthy popcorn and peanuts and added a caramel-coated mix to make it a high-calorie indulgence built for on-the-go convenience. It set a standard for more sophisticated junk food to come: Tasty, tempting, addictive and nutrition-free.