Know what you are paying for when buying Wholesale Christmas crackers

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We use some terminology in the Christmas crackers industry that we realise not everyone is familiar with, so we thought we’d give you a little explanation on the words we use when we are talking about the methods of celebration cracker construction.

You will see many terms used on the packaging of, and when advertising Christmas crackers. It can be a little confusing as the reality is that all crackers have an element of being handmade Christmas crackers. How handmade they are is a discussion point. Please allow us to elaborate.

Handrolled Christmas crackers

This is how we make our Christmas crackers in the UK and some of our Christmas crackers in China. The method uses the patterned paper which has an insert attached to it. Using a cylindrical former, the two sheets of paper are rolled and secured with glue. One end is then gathered using rope and a turning motion. The former is then removed, and the other end is gathered. It is this gathering which gives the handrolled Christmas crackers the crafted folds at the neck. A bow is then secured around each gather. Bows can be handtied or affixed with a twist tie. This is still a manual process completed by a person, not a machine.

These are handcrafted, hand finished luxury goods. They tend to be larger in size (13” upwards) and have a real weighty, quality feel. We test all papers used to ensure they pull nicely, but you will feel more resistance with a handrolled UK Christmas cracker.

one of the handrolled christmas crackers on a plate

A handrolled cracker

Clipped Christmas crackers

A clipped Christmas cracker is made of one sheet of card or paper. It is cut out and constructed using tabs on the seam which ‘clip’ into a slot on the opposite side. This leaves a clean seam on the bottom of the cracker –  the side which is placed table down. The easiest way to tell a clipped cracker is the neck, which will appear to be slotted and folded in neatly. There are no textural gathers on a clipped cracker. This process is still done by hand and is the most common form of Christmas cracker production.

These products are less artisan and more uniform in finish. When adorned with a bow, trim or tie, the neck isn’t always visible so the cracker puller may have no idea of the difference.

 

A clipped cracker

A clipped cracker

 

Twist neck Celebration crackers

A twist neck Christmas cracker is a clever design which is not rolled but clipped and secured using a clever twist design. This is usually used for snapless crackers such as our pet Christmas cracker range. They could be considered to be a type of packaging and you will have seen this type of design in a number of guises such as gift packaged cosmetics and chocolate boxes.

A twist neck cracker

A twist neck cracker

We hope this blog clarifies the different kinds of Christmas crackers and may help you to know the sort of Christmas cracker you are looking for. If in doubt you can always contact us…our friendly team LOVE talking all things Christmas crackers, so we’ll be happy to chat to you about your options!

 

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