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KAREN HOCHMAN is Editorial Director of THE NIBBLE.
Updated July 2009
Going Crackers: Gorgeous Biscuits
For Entertaining & Everyday
The Right Cracker Makes A Big Difference
Page 1: Fascinating Flavors
CAPSULE REPORT: Sometimes, it’s all in the garnish. Sometimes it’s all in the bread. Here, just by switching from a plain saltine or water biscuit to an exciting cracker, any plain food—soup, cheese or spread—becomes culinary excitement. This is Page 1 of a three-page article. Click on the black links below to visit other pages.
We’ve rounded up our favorite crackers to show that no dish need be ordinary, when just by opening the right package it can be extraordinary. Our selection includes organic, kosher and wheat-free crackers. All of them are all-natural and absolutely delicious—they can be enjoyed absolutely plain. Our six selections will show that you can never go wrong with the right cracker.
Dr. Kracker’s Klassic 3-Seed organic whole wheat cracker is also available in a spelt version.
Dr. Kracker: Organic Crackers
We previously reviewed the entire Dr. Kracker line of organic wheat and spelt-free crackers. Five varieties of cracker—all this good-looking—vary by the grain, seed mix and whether there’s cheese in the dough. There’s also a muesli stick with dried fruit and an old-fashioned graham cracker.
Dr. Kracker is carried by fine retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods Markets and Wild Oats, and can be purchased online via the links in our review.
- Dr. Kracker
$2.89 (Suggested Retail Price)
O & Co: Taralli
Taralli are the traditional, ring-shaped biscuits of the Puglia region of Southern Italy. Every town in Puglia offers its own version. They are first boiled, then baked, sos that they crunch like a pretzel—but they taste like a wine cracker.
These imported, all-natural treats are made of wheat flour plus 27% extra virgin olive oil and 25% white wine. There are two flavors: Rosemary and Mediterranean, seasoned with onions, oregano, tomato and anchovies. There’s nothing fishy about these biscuits, however—just spectacular flavor.
Use it a snack cracker, for dipping (it’s natural sweetness would go well with honey mustard), or serve it with hard or soft cheeses. Taralli also make delicious croutons for soups or salads.
- Taralli (Mediterranean and
- Purchase online at
- Also and at O & Co. retail stores
Taralli from the Puglia region of Italy are imported by O & Co.
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