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". 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 of 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 NH/Maine delicacy since the trend didn't make it's way down to Massachusetts (at least in the 90's)

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 it's 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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