Frederick William Rueckheim and Louis Rueckheim
Inventors of Cracker Jack
Frederick William Rueckheim lived in Chicago and sold popcorn that was made by hand (46). He sold this popcorn in Chicago to the people who were rebuilding the city after the Great Chicago Fire (47). It was after his success that Frederick's brother, Louis Rueckheim, came to help him with the business. After gaining popularity around Chicago, they bought candy-making equipment (48). The brothers established a home in Chicago and proceeded to come up with candies and snacks for people to enjoy (49). The most famous snack that these brothers created was Cracker Jack. Their secret for keeping the molasses, peanuts and popcorn from sticking together is what made them so famous (50).