Life is full of unanswerable mysteries: About the universe; about love; about our place in it all. But some mysteries are large, demand to be answered.
Thankfully, the meaning behind the word “Triscuit” is one of those deep, vital questions. And thanks to one savvy Twitter user, we now know the truth behind the snack brand’s name — although it’s a lot stranger than you might expect.
“OK, buckle up. I wanna talk to you about Triscuit,” Boggs began his series of posts.
“Several years ago I was at a party (BRAG!), and I spotted a box of Triscuits. I asked everyone, ‘What does the word ‘Triscuit’ mean? It’s clearly based on the word ‘BISCUIT,’ but what does the ‘TRI’ mean?” Boggs added.
He went on to explain that he and his friends assumed the “tri” in “Triscuits” referred to there being three ingredients in the recipe. But the question lingered, so Boggs emailed the snack company Nabisco, which owns the Triscuit brand. That’s where things got interesting.
According to an email Boggs shared, Nabisco claimed that there were no surviving business records that could explain the crackers’ name. But the company could, somehow, absolutely reject the “tri means three” hypothesis.
“I was baffled,” Boggs continued. “And I couldn’t stand not knowing. So I did a little sleuthing online, and stumbled on some early Triscuit advertisements.”
The advertisements Boggs uncovered — which, according to historical records, are 100 percent real — revealed that Triscuits, originally patented all the way back in 1902, were originally produced near Niagara Falls.
Apparently, the falls were used to power production, leading the company to market its crackers with the slogan, “powered by electricity.” That revelation brought all of the puzzle pieces together for Boggs.
“Elec-TRI-city Biscuit,” Boggs wrote. “TRISCUIT MEANS “ELECTRICITY BISCUIT.”
The saga got even more interesting a few hours later, when the official Triscuit Twitter account chimed in to confirm that Boggs’ theory was, in fact, completely true.
“We had to go all the way up the ladder, but we CAN confirm,” the company wrote.
Boggs’ original tweet has since gone completely viral, earning more than 100,000 likes in just 12 hours. Several other users also weighed in, telling the comedian just how “remarkable” his discovery was.
“I never knew I needed this,” one Twitter user commented.
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