Christmas cookies are a traditional Christmas favorite in the United Kingdom. They were manufactured for the first time around 1845-1850 by a London candy maker named Tom Smith. I had seen the French sweets “bon bon” (almonds wrapped in a nice paper). He returned to London and tried to sell sweets like that in England and also included a little slogan or conundrum with the candy. But they did not sell very well.
Legend has it that one night, while sitting in front of his wood fire, he became very interested in the sparks and cracks that came from the fire. Suddenly, he thought it would be a fun idea if his sweets and toys could crack open when his luxury wrappers were thrown in half.
The cookies were originally called ‘things’ and were thought to be named after the ‘Cossack’ soldiers who were reputed to ride their horses and shoot guns in the air.
When Tom died, his expanding cookie business was taken over by his three children, Tom, Walter and Henry. Walter introduced hats to cookies and also traveled around the world looking for new gift ideas to put on cookies.
The company built a variety of ‘themed’ cookies. There were some for singles and singles (single men and women), where gifts were things like false teeth and wedding rings. There were also cookies for suffragettes (women who campaigned to get the vote of women), war heroes and even Charlie Chaplain! Cookies were also made for special occasions like Coronations. The British royal family still has special cookies made for them today!
Very expensive biscuits were made, such as the “Galletas del millionaire”, which contained a solid silver box with a piece of gold and silver inside.
Cookie makers also made large exhibitions, such as horse-drawn carriages and sleds, for the big stores in London.
The Christmas cookies that are used today are short cardboard tubes wrapped in colored paper. Normally there is a cookie next to each plate on the Christmas dinner table. When the cookies are thrown – with a bang! – A colorful party hat, a toy or gift and a festive prank falls! The party hats look like crowns and are believed to symbolize the crowns the Magi might have worn.
The longest Christmas cookie in the world measured 63.1 m (207 feet) long and 4 meters (13 feet) in diameter and was made by the parents of children at the school and preschool Law Hill, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, on December 20, 2001. Now it would be a big bang
The biggest Christmas cookie flip was made by 1,478 people at an event organized by Honda Japan at Tochigi Proving Ground, Tochigi, Japan, on October 18, 2009. That would be a lot of explosions!