Crackers, as a Christmas novelty, were developed by Tom Smith who owned a sweet shop in London in the 1840s.
The idea was copied from the French who used to package sugared almonds in twists of paper.
Instead of sweets,he would place toys and novelties inside the twisted wrapping. He experimented with this and the idea of producing a wrapping that could be pulled apart – just like the cracker as we know it today.
The largest functional Christmas cracker was 45.72 metres long and 3.04 metres in diameter. It was made by Australian international rugby player Ray Price in Markson Sparks of New South Wales, Australia and was pulled in the car park of the Westfield Shopping Town in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia on 9 November 1991.