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Jam with what crackers?

purplepear May 23, 2012 02:37 PM

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.


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    happybaker May 23, 2012 02:43 PM

    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
      purplepear May 23, 2012 03:07 PM

      Thanks for the response/

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

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        EM23 May 24, 2012 12:54 PM

        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.

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          happybaker May 24, 2012 02:24 PM

          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.

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        ML8000 May 23, 2012 05:28 PM

        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. jmcarthur8 May 23, 2012 06:55 PM

          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. 2m8ohed May 23, 2012 06:58 PM

            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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              happybaker May 23, 2012 07:07 PM

              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
                lynnlato May 25, 2012 05:11 AM

                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.

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                ferret May 23, 2012 07:04 PM

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

                1. paulj May 23, 2012 09:56 PM

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

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                    ricepad May 24, 2012 11:33 AM

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

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                      mamachef May 24, 2012 01:45 PM

                      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/

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                        Perilagu Khan May 24, 2012 02:53 PM

                        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'.

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                          tcamp May 24, 2012 04:07 PM

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

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                            paulj May 24, 2012 05:06 PM

                            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.

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                              happybaker May 24, 2012 08:26 PM

                              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
                              Perilagu Khan May 25, 2012 07:34 AM

                              Suck, they do. Crackers with their knackers clapped.

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                              mamachef May 25, 2012 04:59 AM

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

                        2. jinet12 Jun 17, 2012 11:09 PM

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

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