Product: Mary’s Gone Crackers Organic Herb Crackers – $4.99+
First of all…best name for a brand…ever. It makes me smile when I look at it. Love the whimsy behind the name. You need whimsy…because Mary’s Gone Crackers deals with the great unknown of gluten-free snack products.
This is such a grey area at times when it comes to snack foods. Especially, if you’re like me, and had previously been able to eat regular foods. Going gluten-free was not easy for me. Nothing tasted just right. Nothing lived up to what I had previously been able to eat. Turns out…I was just purchasing the wrong products. I was doing gluten-free on a budget…and that was reflected in the products I was buying. I soon expanded my budget out of necessity to eat…something…delicious…and my world was opened up to an entire new line of products.
Gluten-free crackers are one of those products that can either be really, really delicious…or just…not so good.
If you flip back through my blog, you might discover quite a few varieties of crackers that I have sampled…and either enjoyed…or disliked. But…Mary’s Gone Crackers Organic Herb Crackers…they leave me on the fence.
These crackers aren’t horrible. Not in the slightest. In fact, they are quite good. The flavor is just…bizarre to me. Honestly. I love how crunchy these are, but they leave my mouth feeling dry whenever I bite into one. I love how these are a blend of healthy grains and seeds…blending organic herbs in with their original recipe to add this savory quality. But…they just seem to be missing something. I think it’s a dip or a spread. A light schmear of cream cheese, or salsa, or even guacamole might do these crackers wonders. They have great texture and I love that I can see the seeds throughout the product. They are definitely crispy and have this rich herby and nutty flavor to them, despite containing no nuts at all in the ingredients. I really want to love these…I don’t. I like them. I think I need hummus or something to devour these with and enjoy them to their full potential. But they aren’t horrible. They are just…different.
Different can be good. Different can be bad. This sort of different is just…different.
Mary’s Gone Crackers Organic Herb crackers are made from organic, gluten-free whole grain brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds and sesame seeds…with a touch of blended organic herbs. They are not only organic, but also non-GMO (YAY!), vegan, dairy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, made from whole grains, kosher, use no hydrogenated oils, and contain no trans-fats. So, these aren’t at all a horrible choice for a snack. Just know…these are best with a dip or spread…not on their own. On their own, you’ll be downing the water to rid yourself of the dry sensation and taste they leave in your mouth.
A serving of Mary’s Gone Crackers Organic Herb Crackers is 30 grams (or about 13 crackers). Remember, I always way out my food. It’s more accurate. This serving will set you back 140 calories and 5 grams of fat. These crackers are low in sodium as well. Yes, there is a small touch of saturated fat listed on the nutrition information, but that is naturally occurring in the sesame seeds that are part of these crackers. This is good. They have 3 grams of fiber and a powerful 3 grams of protein as well. So, not a bad choice for a snack. Not really. But…they could be if you have to add a spread or dip, depending on what you choose to top it off with. Healthy fats and healthy spreads or dips are a good choice. A homemade guacamole or hummus…or even a salsa would be amazing. I also think that goat cheese would be awesome on these crackers. But that’s just me.
So, while I don’t dislike these crackers, they just don’t stand out on their own. This is one of those crackers that would be perfect to lay out for a party…with a variety of toppers and dips. On their own, they are lackluster and a bit dry. But they definitely have a great crispiness in each bite, which is something I do love about them. I have sampled other Mary’s Gone Crackers products and crackers and have really enjoyed them. I think the herbiness of these particular crackers just sort of take away from what is normally so amazing about this brand.