Huh! Just when I thought I heard it all! I follow the Facebook group "You grew up/lived in southern N.H./ME. seacoast if you remember", and someone posted this very important question:

Cindy Beck via Facebook
Cindy Beck via Facebook

Apparently, people DO remember this, because the post got 392 comments! Upon further investigation, it seems like this snack was often enjoyed as a side with soup. People say they dipped the "butter crackers" in chicken soup broth or even a seafood or chowder. This is a nostalgic snack for many especially when they are feeling sick.

Many people said their parents used to eat crushed up saltines in milk and eat it with a spoon like cereal (a Depression-era snack). Maybe the saltines with butter is a variation of that!

Here's what the people are saying about this beloved snack:

Cathy Hartman Heal: "Good if you bake them with butter on them. My MIL did that"

Holly Smith Thibeault: "My sister and I just had them the other day!"

Patricia Alday: "Yes, still do with chili or soup! Not real butter as a kid, oleo."

SallyAnn Ferullo: "Yes, crushed in chicken noodle or tomato soup."

I remember putting peanut butter/jelly on my crackers from time to time, but never just straight-up butter! Perhaps this is strictly a southern New Hampshire/Maine delicacy, since the trend didn't make its way down to Massachusetts (at least in the '90s).

If I grew up with this snack, I might feel differently about it. As an outsider, I don't love butter enough to slather it on a cracker. I can only imagine the cracker doesn't absorb the butter as well as a slice of bread does. Therefore, the butter would just kind of sit in its thick form atop the cracker. That doesn't appeal to me. I am a peanut butter, jelly, or even cream cheese kind of gal.

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