Grandmomma got these mini saltine crackers for Grandpoppa's soup. He jokingly said I should write about them - obviously thinking I wouldn't or, worse, couldn't.
Saltined crackers, also called "soda," "premium flake," and "saltina" crackers, date back at least to the 19th century. The saltine cracker was invented by Joseph Garneau Company Inc., manufacturers of biscuits and crackers. Premium Saltines, originally called Premium Soda Crackers, originated in 1876 in St. Joseph, Mo.
(Allegedly the original advertisement campaign was, "Polly wants a cracker?")
A saltine cracker is a thin, usually square cracker made from white flour, shortening, yeast, and baking soda, with most varieties lightly sprinkled with coarse salt.
It has perforations throughout its surface, to allow steam to escape for uniform rising, and along the edges, as individual crackers are broken from larger sheets during manufacturing. It has a very dry and crisp texture, as it is made with less shortening than varieties.