Cheese and crackers is a well-known food pairing that first became popular in the 1850s when restaurants featured this pairing as an after-dessert course. Cheese and crackers were also a standard food ration for soldiers during the Civil War. They became ubiquitous in American households in the 1950s when cheese and crackers were widely recommended as a snack for children.
The best cheese and crackers pairing is a personal choice. Still, experts suggest that the most pleasing combinations feature a highly crunchy cracker topped with flavorful cheeses, a layer of sweetness from honey or fruit, and umami-rich ingredients such as sun-dried tomatoes, olives, prosciutto or anchovies.