Best Flavored Crackers

Years ago, our cracker choices were few. As a child, I remember reaching for Melba Toast or Triscuits when I was sick or felt virtuous; Nabisco or Ritz when I wanted something buttery; and Carr’s when I was in the mood to feel fancy (or when my parents had company).

Now, it’s a different story. Consider this: I tried 124 different flavored crackers for “Taste Test: The Best Crackers” in the November 2011 issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine.

Here’s the article, with descriptions of the five winning crackers: Milton’s Everything Multi-Grain Crackers; Triscuit Cracked Pepper & Olive Oil Crackers; Sensible Portions Pita Bites, Black Olive Feta; Koyo Organic Brown Rice Chips, Tamari; and American Vintage Wine Biscuits with White Wine, Shallot & Cayenne.

The runner-ups included:

Nut/Seed: Keebler Wheatables Nut Crisps, Toasted Pecan; Sensible Portions Bagel Tops Everything; Wasa Flatbread Sesame; 34 Degrees Sesame; TLC/Kashi Honey Sesame

Herb/Onion/Garlic: Jennifer’s Homemade Rosemary Flatbread; Wasa Thin and Crispy Rosemary Flatbread; Mediterranean Crackers Leek and Onion; New York Style Bagel Crisps Roasted Garlic; Health Valley Organic Garden Herb Multigrain Crackers

Oddball: Milton’s Cornbread Crackers; Mediterranean Crackers Roasted Tomato and Basil; Castleton Crackers Middlebury Maple; Wheat Thins Sundried Tomato and Basil; Culinary Circle Vegetable

Spice/Spicy/Pepper: Jennifer’s Homemade Salt and Pepper Flatbread; Health Valley Cracked Pepper; American Vintage Chianti, Oregano, Crushed Red Pepper; TLC/Kashi Zesty Salsa Pita Crisps

Cheese: Trader Joe’s Roasted Gorgonzola Crackers; Mediterranean Crackers Feta and Oregano; Triscuit Thin Crisps Parmesan Garlic; and TLC/Kashi Country Cheddar

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