Twitter Just Found Out How Triscuits Got Their Name And It's 'Shocking', But Literally

If you've ever wondered how Triscuits crackers got their name, one Twitter user appears to have cracked the code, discovering the electrifying origins of the cracker's name.

Sage Boggs tweeted that he was inspired to look into the snack's origins, after having a discussion at a party about what it could possibly mean, first thinking it must be a portmanteau of the "tri-" prefix, meaning three, and "biscuit," meaning the bread-like dinner side or cookie. He said they weren't totally sure what the company could have meant three of, suggesting "three ingredients" and "three layers."

Taking the most logical step, Boggs and his friends sent an email to Nabisco to try to get to the bottom of the mystery. Much to his chagrin, Nabisco wrote that origins of the name were lost to time, but it definitely didn't mean three.

"No business records survived which specifically explain the origins or inspiration for the name Triscuit," Nabisco wrote Boggs in an email. "But we do know the name was chosen as a fun derivation of the word 'biscuit.' The 'TRI' does not mean 3."

Boggs reasonably questioned "how do they know what it DOESN'T mean, but NOT know what it DOES mean? HOW??"

Boggs did more research and found early advertising and press releases from 1903, advertising the cracker and appeared to crack the case. "Triscuit is baked by electricity, the only food on the market prepared by this 1903 process," the clipping said. An ad depicting Niagra Falls also bares the "baked by electricity" slogan and also declared the Triscuit, "the electric baked biscuit."

That's when it clicked for Boggs: "Elec-TRI-city biscuit," he broke it down. "TRISCUIT MEANS 'ELECTRICITY BISCUIT.'"

Elec-TRI-city Biscuit


— Sage Boggs (@sageboggs) March 26, 2020

Bogg's discovery was met with excitement on Twitter, who found the story and origin riveting.

"a midsummer night's snack." is that something

— Sage Boggs (@sageboggs) March 26, 2020

“Welcome to the first AND LAST episode of Triscuit Talk.”

— Kyle Orozovich (@kyle_orozo) March 26, 2020

Some people offered alternative theories, with one person writing that the name is probably derived from the Spanish word for wheat, which is "trigo."

It's a wheat biscuit. Wheat in Spanish is trigo. Tri-scuit.

— Branigan M. Knowlton (@branigank) March 26, 2020

Another person said that "circuit" would have been a better name for the cracker.

So why didn’t they name them CIRCUIT?

— Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer) March 26, 2020

While some people took joy in Boggs' revelation, others pointed out that the cracker's Twitter bio does seem to perpetuate the three ingredient theory. "Three-ingredient Triscuit recipes and deliciously simple ideas," the bio says. While it's unclear if Triscuit is trying to cover up their shocking origins or if they're just trying to give you fun ideas for your next dinner party, I smell a conspiracy theory brewing.

Their bio though ...

— Christine Domino (@_cdomino) March 26, 2020

Mondelez International, Nabisco's parent company, did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

View of Triscuit products at the Triscuit Maker Fund event on March 23, 2016 in New York City. Mike Coppola/Getty