Thomas Smith, a sweet shop owner from London invented Christmas crackers around 1846.
On a trip to Paris Thomas saw sweets being wrapped in tissue paper with a twist at each end. When he returned home he decided to sell sweets wrapped in a similar way with a motto or poem. They didn’t sell that well, so he added a banger to make them more exciting!
When crackers are pulled today they still make a bang and most crackers have toys or gifts, jokes and paper hats inside.