When I’m in the mood for a savory snack, I try to avoid junk food and keep it somewhat healthy. Don’t get me wrong—I love Doritos, Fritos, and Pringles (I’m human, after all), but thankfully I also love popcorn, almonds, and pretzels and can usually avoid temptation when necessary. But when I’m craving something a little more exciting that’s still on the healthy side, I’ll turn to one of these three extremely delicious chips and crackers:
Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips
I first discovered these in an airport, when I was looking for something remotely healthy to eat (ever noticed how those kiosks are stocked with Cheetohs, Combos, Ritz Bits, and pretty much every junk snack known to man?). They have a wide selection of standard and unusual flavored chips—cheddar, olive, sweet potato, toasted sesame, “the works!” (seasoned like an everything bagel with poppy, caraway, garlic, and onion), and so on—and to be honest, I can’t choose a favorite. They’re all extremely tasty and work with a variety of dips, though I love to eat them plain because they’re so good on their own. As a bonus, they’re free of trans fats, preservatives, and cholesterol and are all-natural. (They also make sweet potato chips in a few different flavors, which are a nice alternative to regular potato chips.)
34 Degree Crisps
I was introduced to these by a friend and instantly became obsessed. These aren’t your standard crackers—they’re super-thin, crisp, and airy, like a delicious wafer. They come in flavors like sesame, rosemary, and cracked pepper, and again, I can’t choose a favorite (ok…maybe the rosemary has an edge over the others). They’re good with cheese, but—again—I prefer to eat these melt-in-your-mouth treats on their own. Right now I’m also excited because they recently introduced a line of sweet flavors—caramel, chocolate, cinnamon, and graham—and they are every bit as delicious as the savory crisps. Use a couple sweet crisps as a fun and elegant garnish to dress up a scoop of ice cream for dessert.
Whitney’s Castleton Crackers
I stumbled across these in a local gourmet cheese shop because I was initially drawn to their description as “a Vermont artisan cracker,” and I have a soft spot for all things Vermont. These are hearty, sturdy crackers that are my favorite to serve with cheese; I love their rustic, hand-cracked look and their delicious flavors—maple, rye, wheat, pumpkin, and rosemary. When pairing with cheese, I gravitate towards the maple (slightly sweet) and the wheat (just a hint of sweetness). If the bag were bigger I would probably eat them by the handful, but because they’re a little harder to find and a little pricier, I tend to hoard them. They’re definitely a very special cracker and I always keep a bag around in case of snacking emergencies. Totally worth the splurge.
(images: Food Should Taste Good, 34-degrees.com, castlestoncrackers.com)