I don’t want to speak too soon, but I think I have a new favorite cracker for spring.
I know. It’s a little sudden. It was only a month ago when I was raving about the Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Sea Salt crackers.
But like so many good things, these crackers came along seemingly out of nowhere. I wasn’t even looking for a new favorite cracker. I picked them up on a whim, really.
I was at the grocery store, reaching for my standard box of Triscuits (I typically prefer the cracked pepper and olive oil) when a new flavor caught my eye. The combination of ingredients sounded interesting, so I put the new flavor in my cart – along with the cracked pepper and olive oil because, well, TRISCUIT INSURANCE.
It was almost a week later when I tried them, and while I don’t want to overstate it, I think it’s safe to say that I will be a repeat customer as long as Nabisco continues to make them.
Here’s what I enjoy about them.
1. They’re very dense. They’re not as crumble-y as a regular Triscuit, so I really like the change in texture.
2. They’re a little sweet and a little salty. Apparently I am drawn to that combination like a moth to flame.
3. This year I gave up sweets for Lent, so when I first tasted the little bit of sweetness in this particular Triscuit, my first thought was, “OH, IT IS PRACTICALLY A COOKIE.” But it’s not really like a cookie. It’s just that sometimes a hint of sweetness is mighty welcome indeed.
(Especially if you’re trying to curb a white-hot craving for red velvet cheesecake.)
(And no, the sweet potato / sea salt Triscuits certainly can’t replace cheesecake.)
(But they’ll do in a moment of quiet desperation.)
And if you’ll indulge me, I have one more cracker to share.
When Melanie and I were in Chicago a few weeks ago, the Tyndale folks served these sea salt crackers.
They’re outstanding. Here’s what I like about them.
1. They’re super crunchy.
2. They’re excellent with a slice of parmesan cheese. Some crackers can’t handle parmesan because they fall apart as soon as you bite into the parmesan, but this one was up to the task.
3. They’re rectangular. This means they’re the perfect two-bite cracker. I find that larger square or round crackers can lead to awkward snacking in front of other people because there’s no graceful way to eat them (especially if they tend to crumble), so a dense rectangular cracker is a much nicer option.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find these crackers in Birmingham. I still have to check Whole Foods, though, so I’m holding on to hope.
So there you have it. My new favorite crackers.
And yes, I realize that I’ve done a significant amount of needless over-analysis on this subject.
Let’s just all smile and pretend this is perfectly normal.
Do you have an all-time favorite cracker? Please feel free to share with the group.