Christmas Cracker is a type of party favor originating in England, but now widely used throughout the modern world to celebrate Christmas and other special occasions and festive events. They consist of a wrapped and decorated cardboard cylinder and very much resemble a large candy twist.
Crackers have been a traditional part of British Christmas festivities and other celebrations since Victorian times. The most widely accepted story is that they were invented in the mid-1840’s by a London pastry cook named Tom Smith, who came upon the idea while on a trip to Paris where he witnessed the French holiday custom of wrapping sugared almonds and other sweets in a twist of colored paper.
Of course the word “best” means different things depending on the context in which the word is taken. If we are talking about the best quality crackers in terms of construction, appearance and gift contents, these for the most part are available from smaller, custom manufacturers that still make their crackers by hand. A couple such companies in the UK are Simply Crackers and Designer Crackers.
Although Christmas crackers are used primarily during the holiday season, in more recent times they have become increasingly popular as party favors used to celebrate other holidays and a variety of special events and festive occasion throughout the year.