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, and the Shredded Wheat Company in Niagara Falls, New York, began production the next year.
A box of original-flavored Triscuits
|Nutritional value per around 6 crackers|
|Energy||502 kJ (120 kcal)|
|Dietary fiber||3 g|
|†Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.|
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. The product is currently 1-3/4 inches square.
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.
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.