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Whether you like snacking on them straight out of the box, topped with cheese, or dunked into a bowl of hot soup, you can’t deny the appeal of a good cracker. The cracker aisle is chock full of options these days, with everything from classic buttery rounds to seeded crisps and crackers flavored with herbs, fruit, and nuts to complement a variety of cheese and spreads.
Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite crackers so you know which boxes to add to your shopping cart.
Best for Cheese: Jan's Farmhouse Crisps Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps
Crunchy and flavorful
Come in a generously sized basket
Great with cheese or preserves
If you want to impress with your next cheese board, reach for a package of Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps. Created by a Vermont-based mom who was inspired to bake wholesome snacks without artificial or processed ingredients for her family, these crackers are made by hand in small batches and designed with flavor in mind. Loaded with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, these crackers definitely feel, look, and taste more sophisticated than most.
The “original” flavor is cranberry and pistachio which contains dried cranberries, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, and rosemary. You’ll also find these crackers in salted almond and sesame citrus. Tasters love the sweet and savory combination of flavors on their own and paired with a variety of cheeses. Try them topped with a piece of soft, tangy goat cheese.
"These are my favorite goes-with-ooey-cheese cracker. I like the cranberry ones so you get that little bit of sweetness without having to find a fruit spread." — Patty Lee, Senior Editor, The Spruce Eats
Best for Brie: Ines Rosales Olive Oil Tortas
Delicate flavor pairs well with cheese
Crispy and flaky texture
Come in both sweet and savory flavors
May crumble when shipped
These are the crackers you reach for to savor with a gourmet cheese and glass of wine. They’re the perfect special treat for an at-home date night. These tortas are a gourmet grocery item that are handmade in Seville, Spain using a recipe dating back over 100 years. Tortas are individually wrapped in wax paper and resemble individual rounds of pita bread. But instead of being chewy like bread, the texture is delicate, crisp, and flaky like a cracker.
They’re available in both sweet and savory flavors, all of which are made with high-quality extra virgin olive oil. Tasters say the flavors are subtle enough to enhance, but not overpower, a variety of cheese. The company website recommends pairing the tortas with creamy cheeses like Brie, goat cheese, mozzarella, fruit and ricotta, hummus, pate, coffee, and even ice cream. They also provide several recipes for making sweet and savory snacks and appetizers using the tortas as a base.
"These are insanely delicious and sweet and fat and delicate. I like piling them up on a cheese plate and breaking them into uneven size pieces." — Heather Ramsdell, Editorial Director, The Spruce Eats
Best Whole Grain: Triscuit Original Crackers
Non-GMO with minimal ingredients
Flavorful and hearty
Some say it's a touch too salty
Triscuit crackers are classic woven, whole wheat crackers with a hearty, crunchy texture that provides plenty of sturdiness for toppings well beyond a standard cube of cheese. They’re affordable, widely available, and a crowd-pleaser. Triscuits can be used to craft individual, bite-sized appetizers. In fact, Triscuit has a selection of “recipes” on its packaging and website for topping and serving inspiration.
The original crackers contain just three simple ingredients: whole grain wheat, vegetable oil, and sea salt. Triscuits are evenly seasoned with salt, making them delicious when plain. For more adventurous palates and cheese pairings, Triscuit crackers are also available in a variety of flavors, like cracked pepper and olive oil, roasted garlic, balsamic vinegar and basil, and more. The company also makes a line of organic Triscuits and Triscuit Thins, a lighter and thinner version of the original.
From a nutrition standpoint, we love these crackers for being non-GMO verified and containing more fill-you-up whole grain fiber and protein per serving compared to crackers made from refined flour.
To choose the most nutritious crackers, look for crackers crafted from whole grains to boost your daily fiber intake. An added bonus to whole grain crackers? They tend to be more filling so you’ll feel satisfied with a smaller portion. They’re also sturdier so they’ll be less likely to crack or turn mushy when topped or dipped. To be sure a cracker is whole grain, check the ingredient list for the words “whole grain.”
Best Gluten-Free: Mary's Gone Crackers Mary’s Gone Crackers
Hefty enough to hold dips and toppings
Delicious nutty flavor
Good source of Omega-3s
Seeds can be hard on teeth
Crackers don’t have to be off-limits for those who avoid eating wheat and other gluten-containing ingredients. Mary’s Gone Crackers are made from a blend of brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds, and sesame seeds. The original is flavored with sea salt and gluten-free tamari for a touch of savory umami that stands up well to sharp cheese, hummus, and even nut butters. Tasters describe the flavor as nutty, seedy, and earthy. They’re also available in black pepper, herb, and jalapeno flavors.
These crackers are very crisp and crunchy, to the point that some reviewers say eating too many can be hard on the teeth and jaw. The crisp texture will hold up no matter what you top or dip these crackers into. As for nutrition, these crackers are certified organic, contain no added sugars or oils, and the seed blend is a good source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
"I love these gluten-free crackers because they're crunchy, seedy, and sturdy enough to hold a hefty slice of cheese." — Julia Warren, Senior Director, Commerce
Best for Hummus: KA-ME Rice Crackers
Light and crunchy texture
Simple, slightly salty flavor works well with dips
Comes in a variety of Asian-inspired flavors
Low-calorie and low-fat
Lose freshness quickly if not sealed
Ka-Me Rice Crackers are a Japanese-inspired snack made from jasmine rice, rice bran oil, and sea salt. The original flavor is simple, light, and reminiscent of toasted rice. Since they’re made from rice, they’re naturally gluten-free and the crunchy/salty combination is addictive enough to munch on straight out of the package regardless of whether you consume gluten or not. Ka-Me’s rice crackers are also available in several Asian-inspired flavors, like wasabi, Korean barbecue, and spicy-sweet chili.
These crackers are light and airy but offer plenty of crunch. They’re sturdy enough to withstand a swipe through a bowl of hummus and substantial enough to pair with cheese on a snack plate.
"I love Ka-Me rice crackers, especially wasabi. They are extremely crunchy and slightly sweet. I sort of eat them like potato chips." — Heather Ramsdell, Editorial Director, The Spruce Eats
Best for Kids: Simple Mills Farmhouse Cheddar Almond Flour Crackers
Full of cheesy flavor
Not a lot come in a box
There are a lot of cheese-flavored crackers on the market geared toward children, but we think Simple Mills takes the cake for creating a cracker that not only tastes great but also offers a nutritional edge. The crackers are made from a gluten-free nut and seed blend, but they’re loved by snackers of all kinds. They’re also free from grains, corn, and soy, making them a good option for kids with related food allergies.
The flour blend is made from nutrient-dense almonds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds, which provide 3 grams of protein per serving. It can be hard to get kids to eat nuts and seeds on their own, so we love that these crackers are a way to sneak some added nutrition into kids’ snacks. Other nutritional benefits include hormone-free cheddar cheese, verified non-GMO, and naturally colored with paprika and annatto.
Best for Charcuterie Boards: Stonewall Kitchen Downeast Sea Salt Crackers
Rich, buttery flavor
Very crispy texture
Delicate flavor pairs well with charcuterie
Not for those who are dairy-free
Stonewall Kitchen is no stranger to creating pantry staples with a touch of sophistication. The company describes its Downeast Sea Salt Crackers as “a flavorful update of the tried-and-true water cracker,” and we couldn’t agree more.
While traditional water crackers can be rather bland and cardboard-like, these are seasoned with a light dusting of sea salt and made with whole milk and butter for a hint of richness. They’re cut and baked thin for extra crisp texture and mild flavor that lets charcuterie shine. They’re also on the smaller side, so they can be used to fill in space on a cheese and charcuterie board.
Best Butter Rounds: Ritz Crackers
Taste great on their own or with a variety of toppings
Buttery and flaky texture
Can make tasty toppings when crushed on top of soup or casserole
Contains high fructose corn syrup
Ritz crackers are loved by adults and kids alike for their toasty, buttery flavor and tender, flaky texture. Delicious on their own, paired with a bowl of chicken noodle soup, and topped with sweet or savory ingredients, these crackers are as versatile as they come. Try pairing them with mild cheese, cream cheese, deli meat, fruit, or chocolate spread. For an after school snack or dessert, try them sandwiched with peanut butter and jelly or ice cream to create mini “sandwiches” (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it).
One thing some ingredient savvy shoppers may not love about these crackers: they contain high fructose corn syrup, which is a processed form of added sugar. If this matters to you, there are plenty of copy-cat buttery round crackers to choose from. Check ingredient lists or look for an organic option. But don’t say we didn’t warn you: many brands have tried, but few have succeeded in replicating the tried-and-true taste and texture of classic Ritz crackers.
You can’t beat the price or flavor of long-time classic crackers, like Triscuits (view at Amazon) or Ritz (view at Walmart), for easy snacking on their own or with toppings. To take your next cheese board up a notch or just try something different, go with Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps (view at Amazon) or Stonewall Kitchen’s Downeast Crackers (view at Amazon).
What to Look for When Buying Crackers
Grains and Fiber
Crackers are likely made mainly from either refined or whole grains, a mixture of both, or—if they're gluten-free—a blend of nut and/or seed flours. Crackers that list whole grains or a nut/seed flour blend as their first ingredient typically have more fiber and other nutritional benefits than other types. If fiber content is important, we recommend at least 3 grams per serving. However, if you'd like a more neutral flavor, look for something made of either a blend of refined and whole grains, or just refined grains. Note, though, that crackers made from refined grains offer less nutritional value and may lead to a quicker spike in blood sugar levels.
Added Sugar and Sodium
We already typically consume a high-sugar diet, so ideally you want crackers that don't contain any added sugar, particularly unhealthy, processed ones like high fructose corn syrup. Aim for at least 1 to 2 grams of sugar per serving. You also want to watch out for high sodium levels, which are common in savory processed snacks to enhance flavor, especially if you're watching your sodium intake.
The typical serving size of crackers is 30 grams, which, depending on the size of each cracker, can translate to anywhere from three to 30 crackers. What to watch out for is if the serving size of a particular box of crackers is considerably lower than this average, which can perhaps trick you into thinking the crackers are lower-calorie, lower-sugar, or lower-sodium than other ones.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Sharon Lehman, the author of this cracker roundup, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a big fan of cheese and charcuterie boards. When she doesn’t have time to make lunch, a go-to is a snack plate featuring crackers, cheese, and whatever fruit or vegetables she has on hand. Triscuit, Simple Mills, and rice crackers are always in her pantry, but she’s never met a cracker she wasn’t happy to sample—with a cube of cheese, of course.