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Common Crackers | New England's Classic Cracker

Common Crackers | New England’s Classic Cracker
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Common cracker love was a deep and loyal love that sometimes refused to be denied. In 1927 the Miami News reported that a woman from Maine that had moved to California missed her common crackers so much that “she ordered 34 cents worth of old-fashioned common crackers for her chowder and is having it shipped air mail, special delivery, at a cost of $15. 76.” How’s that for looking the other way when it comes to Yankee thrift?

For a cracker so beloved to New Englanders (even Julia Child loved them, saying “As any New Englander knows, you can’t enjoy a real New England chowder without toasted common crackers”), isn’t it time we put the common cracker back on top?

What’s your favorite way to eat common crackers?

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Aimee Seavey


Aimee Seavey


Associate Editor Aimee Seavey is a staff writer for Yankee Magazine and assists in the development and promotion of content for through blogging and social media outlets.

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5 Responses to Common Crackers | New England’s Classic Cracker

  1. Dorothy March 13, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    My favorite drink is Moxie, my Dad loved these “Vermont Crackers” I live in Florida and can’t get either here!!!

    • William March 14, 2014 at 11:32 am #

      Hey Dorothy, I love both too!
      Though you can’t get the common crackers online, you CAN order moxie from their website:

      Enjoy :)

  2. bob r March 15, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    Westminster crackers made in Rutland, VT. By far the best soup and chowder crackers!!!

  3. Momo May 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    I tried the common crackers you mention and was really disappointed in the taste. The ones I remember were larger and had a cleaner taste. I loved splitting them and spreading butter on them and then dropping them into my great aunt’s home made clam chowder…that was heaven.

    I have been searching for a recipe for them to no avail.

  4. Anne November 15, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    We always make our stuffing for our Thanksgiving turkey from Common Crackers, Instead of bread or mashed potatoes.

    When my children moved out of state I would send them to them until I found them in the Vermont Country Store Catalog, now they purchase them from it.

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