He’s Green, She’s Green: Organic Crackers for Entertaining

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by John and Jennifer Burkhart

Gathering with family and friends is certainly one of the best things about the holidays. Stress, on the other hand, is not. Need a quick, stress-free idea for an appetizer that’s also organic? Gather up the cheeseballs and spinach dip because we’ve got the “scoop” on crackers for entertaining!

Mary’s Gone Crackers | Thins, Ancient Spice

ancient spiceHE SAID: Ancient — adjective; Belonging to the very distant past…which is where these crackers belong. First off, they have very little crack, just a slight crunch into a powdery texture. The dominant flavors are cumin, cinnamon, mesquite and turmeric. So, it pretty much tastes like a cinnamon taco that has been dropped in the dirt.

He gave it: 

SHE SAID: If one could take all the flavors of Indian food and cram it into a gluten-free cracker, this would be it. I can’t say I loved it, but I’m sure there will be folks who do. It had a strong, complex and unique flavor, but I prefer my crackers and Tandoori chicken to be separate. I did like the soft bite that was similar to a thin cookie, however.

She gave it: ★★★

Doctor Kracker | Pumpkin Seed Cheddar Crispbreads

Doctor-Kracker-Organic-Crispbreads-Pumpkin-Seed-Cheddar-895538000024HE SAID: Now we’re talking! These whole-wheat crackers had crunch for days. The cheddar cheese was tasty but not abundant, and the pumpkin seeds added a nice nutty finish. They had enough flavor to be a stand-alone snack, but they’d go great with just about anything you want to put on top.

He gave it: ★★★★

SHE SAID: These crackers are crunchy enough to hold up to even the heartiest of toppings. (Seriously, watch your dental fillings! Guess this doctor isn’t a dentist.) Their cheesy, toasty flavor is delicious alone, but they would pair well with Italian meat, cheese and sauce combinations.

She gave it: ★★★★

Jovial | Sourdough Einkorn Crackers, Rosemary

Jovial-Foods-Einkorn-Sourdough-Rosemary-Crackers-4.5-ozHE SAID: “Finkle is Einkorn! Einkorn is Finkle!” (If you have read more than one of my reviews, you know I can’t resist a good movie quote.) That aside, I really liked these sourdough Einkorn crackers. They had a nice salted sourdough flavor and good crunch. Not big enough to stack toppings on, but they’re a great size to dip or munch on their own.

He gave it: ★★★★

SHE SAID: These delicious crackers are perfect for dipping or snacking by the handfuls. Even though the sourdough and rosemary flavors were very mild, the crispy texture will keep you coming back for more. With some spinach-artichoke dip, I’d make a meal out of these.

She gave it: ★★★★

365 Organic | Garlic & Herb Water Crackers

365 organic water crackersHE SAID: Not much to write about with these water crackers. They were almost devoid of flavor other than a mild roasted garlic taste. Definitely not a snack cracker, but I could see them being a good base for some yummy cheese. Brie and apples anyone?

He gave it: ★★★

SHE SAID: Yum! Water crackers don’t sound very exciting, but these were packed with flavor. Even though they were thin and crispy, it seemed as though they were a bit “stale.” Maybe that’s what a water cracker should be? At any rate, they would be perfect with sliced cheese or a vegetable cream cheese spread.

She gave it: ★★★★

Natural Nectar | Whole Grain, Sunflower, Sesame, Flax Seed Crispbread

natural nectarHE SAID: Another foundation cracker without a whole lot of flavor. However, they’re the size of a graham cracker and a good place to start if you plan to make a Dagwood-style cracker sandwich. They pack a good crunch with a whole-wheat flavor and a slight sesame seed finish.

He gave it: ★★★

SHE SAID: Unsalted, stale, dog biscuit is what came to mind as I was crunching away on these. To be fair, I’ve never had a Scooby snack, but I can imagine these come close. It’s always nice to see simple ingredients and whole grains, but you better LOAD ’em up with delicious toppings to make these edible.

She gave it: ★★

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1 Comment
  1. I fractured a lower molar eating Dr Kracker. It required immediate tooth extraction and subsequent implant at more than $3,000. Afterwards, I realized the crackers were a modern version of hardtack. Civil War soldiers ate it because they had to. We have much safer modern alternatives.

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