It's not because of my name that I like them, thank you. If anything I should loathe the crunchy little nuggets because I've heard "Polly Wanna Cracker?" about 285,922 times in my life. Give or take 62.
Cracker lovers have Mr. John Pearson and Mr. Joshua Bent, both from Massachusetts, to thank for the invention of the cracker, USA style. Mr. Pearson called his flour and water only creation "pilot bread", which became an instant hit with sailors because of its long shelf life. (Later, also known as sea biscuit and hardtack).
Then in 1801 along came Josiah Bent. It's written that he burnt a batch of biscuits in the oven and the crackling sound during baking gave the little crunchies the name, Cracker. In later years, Bent sold his enterprise
Sometimes I cave and buy a box, but then I ration myself. Really, I do. I count out however many equal a single serving and only allow myself to eat that many. Don't laugh! If I didn't do that, I'd gulp them down like shelled peanuts!