If you're anything like me, as soon as you hear the name Ryvita, you think of their iconic crispbread (which I reviewed here), but this time, when the lovely PR people from Ryvita contacted me, it was to ask if I'd like to try out their brand new crackers for cheese. Hmmm sounds like the perfect snack in front of the TV after packing the kids off to bed so I said yes without a second's hesitation !
I was asked if I could provide 25 words of feedback for the Ryvita facebook page so I came up with this : "The new crackers are lovely, light and crispy and pack enough taste to be lovely with or without cheese. And they're low-calorie too!" I'm now used to writing tweets on twitter that don't go above 140 characters but it's actually really hard to write a micro-review that doesn't exceed 25 words ! It took me three attempts and I still used the word lovely twice ! So what more can I tell you with an unrestricted word count ?!
The crackers come in two varieties, Golden Rye and Black Pepper, and they're both really tasty. The Golden Rye ones are lovely (oops, said it again !) and light and go really nicely with some of the blander cheeses so that it doesn't overpower them. The Black Pepper ones have a delicious kick that nicely complements some of the stinkier French cheeses like camembert, brie or maroilles that permanently live in our fridge.
The crackers are crisp and crunchy and add a lovely texture combination to creamy, runny cheeses. They also avoid getting stinky runny camembert stuck to your fingers when you eat it which is always a good thing ! The girls like eating the crackers on their own or with butter or cheese spread on them as a snack. As each cracker only contains about 27 calories and is low in fat and high in fibre, as well as using wholegrain flours, I don't mind as they're a healthier option than many snacks. I really like the fact that each pack contains four "stay fresh" sachets too, firstly because it keeps them fresh and crispy for longer but also because it's a handy way for stopping yourself from eating the whole pack in one go !
If you fancy finishing off your dinner party with an impressive cheese board (as we frequently do in France), Ryvita, along with cheese expert Juliet Harbutt, have come up with some themed cheeseboards that are brilliant for discovering some of the lesser-known cheeses on the market. Bon appétit !
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Lord of the Hundreds: Hard cheese made with Cow’s milk from Sussex
Wyfe of Bath: Hard cheese from Bath
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star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £1.25 for a 175g pack
for more information : http://www.ryvita.co.uk/products/crackers-for-cheese
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