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Jam with what crackers?

Hi everyone,

Can anyone recommend a good type of cracker (specifically one I can find at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's) to pair with jam.

It's for a gift basket we're giving out in my office and my boss doesn't know what he wants. Neither do I.

Will any cracker do? Ha sorry for such a mindless question.

Thanks!

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  1. For a treat, I like a good cream cracker to go with jam (it looks like a giant saltine.)

    Digestives are also nice (though TJ's might not have it.)

    And what kind of jam? That alters the equation as well.

    The raisin rosemary crackers at TJ's are awesome, but I don't know if they would go with all jams...

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    1. re: happybaker

      Thanks for the response/

      Currently we have a raspberry mango, a boysenberry and a blackberry in stock.

      1. re: happybaker

        In the interest of being helpful, I just fixed myself a couple of Jacob's cream crackers and jam for a late lunch. I also threw a TJ's water cracker in the mix to make it a more scientifically sound experiment. And the winner is.........................
        the cream cracker!

        Who knew? I never put jam on a cracker before, but I will from now on.
        I had a piece of cheddar with the crackers and jam as well - a very nice combo.

        1. re: EM23

          Thank you for making the scientific sacrifice!

          I think it's the bit of fat in the cream crackers that makes them such a good complement to the jam - rich but not too rich. It's the perfect vehicle for a good jam.

          And for a classic childhood thrill - PB & J (grape jelly) on a ritz cracker. There the contrast of sweet and salt is perfect.

      2. Try the Pita crackers from TJs. Very good, nice crunch, solid but also neutral enough for just about anything. Not sure how jam would work but it's like $3 bucks so it's not a costly chance and it will work with other stuff.

        1. Something a little sweet like Wheat Thins would be good with jam. There may be a similar one at WF or TJ.
          happybaker's suggestion of a cream cracker is good, too.
          DH suggests a butter type cracker (Club or Ritz type).

          1. Carr's whole wheat crackers are my favorite with sweet toppings. They are thick and a little bit sweet, almost like graham crackers.

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            1. re: 2m8ohed

              Ah.... that is the American name for DIgestives.

              I am VINDICATED!!!!!!

              Ah hem.

              Calmly, may I then say, as it is a gift and having read your jams - get the Carr's whole wheat crackers - and the cream cracker. They wlil go with all and much joy will then be had.

              Heavens, I'd welcome those crackers to my house any day - and I make all my own jams!

              1. re: 2m8ohed

                I love the Carr's whole wheat crackers. They aren't as thin & delicate as the water crackers and yes, they have that hint of sweetness.

              2. I prefer a more neutral canvas, like water crackers. Sweet crackers with sweet toppings tend to be a little cloying.

                1. Pilot bread comes to mind, but WF and TJ don't carry it. Water/cream crackers are a more delicate version.

                  1. It may be a bit pedestrian for your purposes, but I prefer a basic saltine for slathering jams.

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                    1. re: ricepad

                      Agree about the plebeian nature of the Saltine - but OMG, there is nothing in the world better than a sleeve of saltines, good strawberry jam, a knife, the couch and me.
                      And a napkin/

                      1. re: mamachef

                        Veering OT (sorry!), gimme saltines (with actual salt on them!), extra sharp cheddar and a tall glass of whole milk. Hoo boy! Now that's some eatin'.

                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                          Saltines and cheddar were my dinner this evening. Regretably, the saltines were the no salt on top sort. They suck.

                          1. re: tcamp

                            If there's not salt on top, can they called saltines?

                            It is possible to get used to crackers without the salt. You just have to develop different expectations.

                            1. re: paulj

                              They do make no salt topped saltines.

                              I think they are awful.

                              But then again - I can have salt. If I couldn't, I'm sure I'd be grateful.

                              And mamachef - I agree, with a fresh sleeve of saltines - much is possible and joyous!

                            2. re: tcamp

                              Suck, they do. Crackers with their knackers clapped.

                            3. re: Perilagu Khan

                              Oh yes. Rat cheese, nice and sharp. That's the ticket.

                        2. Carr's whole wheat crackers and strawberry preserves or jam
                          They are also delicious with cheese and fig jam