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Crackers & Crispbread

How to Select Your Crackers and Crispbreads

Crackers and crispbreads can be used for a variety of purposes. They can serve as a quick snack before exercising, after your workout, or before your meal. Also, you can serve them as an appetiser with cheese and meats or have them with soup on winter days.

What is the difference between crackers and crispbreads?

Crispbreads are dry, long, thin cracker-type snacks made from rye flour. They are often high in fibre content. Crackers are often smaller and are usually made from wheat flour. Rice crackers are made from white rice.

Can you find gluten-free crackers and crispbreads?

Yes, since many people suffer from gluten allergies, gluten-free products have become readily available. Not only are there crackers and crispbreads that are gluten-free, but you'll also find organic, lactose-free, and even non-GMO products. For those following specific dietary guidelines for religious reasons, kosher crackers are available, too.

Which cracker or crispbread goes well with cheese?

The type of cracker or crispbread you select will depend on the kind of cheese you're serving. If your cheeses are even slightly salty, don't choose a salty cracker or crispbread. Pick an unsalted, plain one so that the cheese stands out. Salty cheeses can also mix well with a slightly sweet cracker or crispbread. A mild, crunchy cracker or crispbread is good for thick, creamy cheeses, while a salty cracker or crispbread is a good fit for sweeter cheeses.

If you're looking for more flavour in your cracker or crispbread, select one with fruit. A cracker or crispbread with dried cranberries, for example, goes great with cheese. Want something for cream cheese? Choose a crispbread that is flat and long, so you can spread your cream cheese across it in a thick layer. Avoid crackers or crispbreads with strong flavours, as you don't want to overpower your cheese selections.

Are sweet crackers or crispbreads available?

If you like a little sweetness with your cracker or crispbreads, here are options to consider:

  • Honey: A honey graham cracker is an excellent choice when you want a cracker with a sweet taste.
  • Rice cracker: Rice crackers are light and come in savoury and sweet flavours.
  • Cinnamon: A cinnamon-flavoured crispbread or cracker is light, healthy, and has just a touch of sweetness.
  • Cream: If you're looking for something heavier, a cream cracker is a filling choice. You can even find gluten-free options.
What additional flavours can you choose from?

The flavours you can find in a cracker or crispbread are virtually endless. They include cheddar, asparagus, seaweed, and sea salt. Sesame seeds are often used to flavour a cracker or crispbread.

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