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Good cracker, bad cracker - luvin Hot and Spicy Cheez-Its

rworange Jun 22, 2008 04:56 PM

Seriously, I can't remember when I last bought a cracker. Maybe Christmas two years ago.

Today Hot & Spicy Cheez-Its caught my eye ... and they were on sale. So, realizing how long it has been since I've had any cracker, use that as a barometer ... however, I never liked cheez-its that much in the past.

These have a wonderful Tabasco sauce aroma to them. My mouth kind of filled up with the aroma before even taking a bite. Nice flavor ... the Tobasco kick pairs nicely with the cheese. Red and green tobasco sauce used. They were very nice with a bowl of Southwestern Corn chowder. Only 150 calories for 25.

So I also bought a box of Kellogg's All-Bran garlic herb crackers. Yeah, they tasted like they were supposed to be a healthier choice. Didn't like them much.

So ifI lose my senses again in the cracker aisle, what are some crackers worth the calorie splurge ... which should be left on the shelf?

What's your favorite cracker?

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    acme Jun 22, 2008 05:40 PM

    I love Hot & Spicy Cheez-Its; I love them so much I can only buy rarely as I can't stop eating them. I like them topped with Green Pepper Sauce and in a pinch crushed them and used them as croutons on salad.

    1. goodhealthgourmet Jun 22, 2008 05:46 PM

      quality/purity of ingredients aside - i'm pretty sure they're made with HFCS now - i used to looove ritz bitz peanut butter sandwiches.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
        rworange Jun 22, 2008 06:56 PM

        Nope. No HFCS ... that would have been a deal breaker for me.

        There's some preservatives in there, but there's more real ingrediants than junk
        http://www.cheez-it.com/cgi-bin/brand...

        1. re: rworange
          Caitlin McGrath Jun 22, 2008 07:11 PM

          I believe GHG was referring to the the Ritz PB sandwiches re HFCS.

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            goodhealthgourmet Jun 24, 2008 07:04 AM

            thanks for clarifying that, caitlin...i was.

            as a rule, i rarely eat anything out of a box anymore, but i think i remember loving "wheatables" in college [along wth the usual suspects like wheat thins & triscuits]. they probably all contain HFCS now.

            i also used to eat crispbread [WASA or finn] all the time. they had great flavor, and the texture was interesting - it melted in your mouth.

            those rice snaps that come in plastic trays - the ones i see most frequently are 'edward & sons' - are sturdy & pretty mild-tasting, which makes them good vehicles for toppings & dips.

            and if you're looking for something healthful, i know kashi makes crackers now...but i have no idea how they taste.

      2. beelzebozo Jun 22, 2008 05:47 PM

        i love chicken in a biskits.
        and there's a brand of cracker that is corn bread flavored--fantastic!

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          rworange Jun 22, 2008 06:59 PM

          I'm not a fan of chicken i a biskits. However, you might like those Kellogg's All-Bran garlic herb crackers because the minute I bit into them that's the first thing I thought of ... they taste almost like chicken in a biskete

          The corn bread flavored crackers sound like a good idea.

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            beelzebozo Jun 22, 2008 07:34 PM

            i'll check out the all-bran crackers. i'm on good terms with all-bran as a brand right now--using the cereal in my bran muffins has done wonders for peace treaty talks between myself and what is ostensibly a strictly health nut cereal.

            here's a picture of the cornbread crackers. they're in town house's bistro line, along with a multigrain cracker

             
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          Val Jun 22, 2008 06:00 PM

          Might need to try them sometime, the hot n' spicy crackers--a family member is on a low-salt diet so it would be hard to bring them into the house but I could try them at work. I'm hopelessly devoted to Garden Herb Triscuits (with a schmear of goat cheese)...so boring, I know. (And if I'm in a really high-falutin' mood, a glass of red wine with it!) I also recently tried these great jalapeno chips at local health food store -- they are awesome with Goodhealthgourmet's black bean dip:

          http://www.foodshouldtastegood.com/?S...

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            rworange Jun 22, 2008 07:00 PM

            That sounds so good, not boring at all.

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            MsRetro Jun 22, 2008 06:34 PM

            The hot and spicy cheezits are indeed extremely yummy.

            My other favorites: Carr's Croissant crackers; they're kind of like Ritz, but lighter and more buttery. I'm also extremely fond of Carrs Whole Wheat crackers. They're very slightly sweet, kind of like graham crackers for adults.

            Boring as it sounds, I tend to eat a lot of saltines. Just the thing with butter and marmite.

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            1. re: MsRetro
              rworange Jun 22, 2008 07:03 PM

              Thanks for the tip on the Carr's Croissant Crackers. My favorite cracker at one time was Ritz. Then they changed the ingrediants, so while I still like them, not as much as before.

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              burlgurl Jun 22, 2008 06:55 PM

              Vinta crackers!!! Love them. full of grains too.
              Also like Snackwell's Cracked Pepper
              The Shoppers Drug Mart wheat thins are very good!

              1. mrsfury Jun 22, 2008 07:25 PM

                I have been telling everyone about Cheez-Its Tabasco flavored crackers since the first day I had them. When you get to the bottom of the bag and all you have are spicy crumbs - that's my favorite part!

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                  lizzy Jun 23, 2008 08:14 AM

                  The H&S Cheez-Its sound good. One of my favorites is the Smokehouse Almond Crackers from Blue Diamond. They are pretty healthy for a cracker, and they are also offered in Hazelnut, pecan and plain almond. They may be in the cracker aisle or w/ the organic foods, if your grocer keeps them separate, but I buy them at WF because they have the best price in my area.

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                    Sean Jun 23, 2008 08:45 AM

                    White Cheddar Cheez-its...

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                    LStaff Jun 23, 2008 11:35 AM

                    I could have sworn that they first came out with a red tabasco sauce flavor and I enjoyed those alot. When they switched to green or green/red combo, haven't liked them.
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                    When I need a spicy snack fix, I pick up some Snyder Hot Wing flavored pretzel bites..mmmmmmmm.....

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                      Val Jun 24, 2008 04:11 AM

                      I picked up a box of the spicy Cheez Its last night...more spice would be better and I knew this would happen....after joining my son on his low-salt diet since January, these tasted INSANELY salty to me. Glad I tried them, though!

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                        Crono Aug 19, 2008 11:35 PM

                        I found your comment through Google as I was searching online for red Tabasco Cheez-Its. I was wondering what happened to them, seeing as I couldn't find them anywhere anymore. I ended up contacting Cheez-It (parent company is Kellogg's) through their website, and the response was that red tabasco Cheez-Its were never on the product line. They said it is possible, and I think very likely, that it was test marketed in some areas for a period of time. My guess is that red tabasco tested less favorably than green, because of red's greater spiciness. I think that many people appreciate greater heat, and would like red tabasco sauce Cheez-Its over green. I hope they decide to make and sell them on a national and full scale.

                      2. DonShirer Jun 24, 2008 04:15 PM

                        I was on the road recently and needed some crackers for cheese. Picked up some Keebler's Toasteds from a little grocery. They are plain, not spicy, but went quite well with some Double Gloucester and Cabot Cheddar.

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