- a confection of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts.
Examples from the Web for cracker-jack
Historical Examples of cracker-jack
"You're a Cracker-Jack," was all he said, and closed the door behind him.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
I hope you will consent to do this new piece; it is a cracker-jack.The Light of the Star
Besides, there's no telling what cracker-jack chances we may strike for pictures.The Outdoor Chums at Cabin Point
Did you hear thet Boston banker what bought the Cracker-jack from us a-hollerin'?Old Gorgon Graham
George Horace Lorimer
Well, it's a regular Jim-dandy cracker-jack—some swell clump, eh?The Definite Object
Word Origin and History for cracker-jack
also crackerjack, "something excellent," 1895, U.S. colloquialism, apparently a fanciful construction. The caramel-coated popcorn-and-peanuts confection was said to have been introduced at the World's Columbian Exposition (1893). Supposedly a salesman gave it the name when he tasted some and said, "That's a cracker-jack," using the then-popular expression. The name was trademarked 1896. The "Prize in Every Box" was introduced 1912.