Cranberry Hazelnut Crisps from Potter’s Crackers

Posted: October 12, 2013 in Knoshy, Product Review
Cranberry Hazelnut Crisps

Photo from Potter’s Crackers website.
Click on the pic to go there.

Product Information:

INGREDIENTS: Wheat Flour*, Buttermilk*, Raw Cane Sugar*, Rolled Oats*, Hazelnuts*, Cranberry*, Raisins*, Sesame Seeds*, Sunflower Seeds*, Apple Cidar Vinegar*, Baking Soda, Sea Salt

* denotes organic ingredients

I received a “crate” of these crackers in my September Knoshbox!

Tea Suggestion:

For a scrumptious tea time with these crackers and goat cheese, I went with a pure black tea. I chose this Uva Ceylon from Upton Tea Imports.  It was a nice pairing, and I think that the citrus-y tones of the black tea helped bring out the orange-y flavors of the crackers.  Delicious!

What I Think:

I’m not a stranger to these bread-like, crunchy gourmet crisps.  At my local Whole Foods Market, they sell “Raincoast Crisps” from Leslie Stowe Fine Foods, and I’ve eaten several packages of their cranberry hazelnut offering as that seems to be the flavor that is most readily available at my local store (although now that I’ve seen their other flavors on their website, I might have to pay better attention when I’m shopping and try some of their other flavor combinations.  Fig and olive?  Salty date and almond?  Rosemary raisin pecan?  YUM!)

But this review is about Potter’s Crackers, not Leslie Stowe’s Raincoast Crisps.  And even though they offer the same flavor profile, I must admit that these taste just a little different than the raincoast crisps!  And that makes sense since the two have different ingredient lists.

I must admit that I think I like this cranberry hazelnut crisp better than the Raincoast Crisp variety.  These taste FRESHER, and as a result, I can taste the cranberry and hazelnut more distinctly in these crisps from Potter’s Crackers!  These taste more like … homemade bread that’s been sliced thin and then toasted to crispness, whereas I don’t remember tasting the hazelnut and cranberry notes so clearly in the raincoast crisps.

The two crisps do have a similar texture though … hard and crunchy.  These are spectacular with a soft cheese, like a goat cheese.  Something tangy and a little bit salty that will accentuate the sweetness of the hazelnut and the tart notes of the cranberry a little bit.

And if you’re wondering, Knoshbox suggests pairing these crisps with …

mascarpone and goat cheese.  Washi this pairing down with Chenin Blanc or Chardonnay.

I didn’t try them with marscapone.  But I love them with goat cheese.  This is a dangerously delicious combination, though, and once you start … you’ll not want to stop!  The cheese is creamy and makes a delightful texture contrast to the crunchy crisps.

As I munched on these, I could taste a note of orange.  The orange really emerges when I spread the crisp with goat cheese.  I thought at first something might be wrong with my taste buds, because the ingredient list that I was reading didn’t include oranges or orange juice in the list.  I thought maybe it was the tea that I was drinking … but the orange is much more distinct than any hint of citrus that i might get from this tea.

Then I looked at the label that came wrapped around the cute little crate/box that the crackers were packaged in.  Yep … the ingredient list here is different than on the website.  (The ingredient list above is for the California location, and these crackers were prepared in the Wisconsin location … even though the photo from the Potter’s Crackers website shows the California location label.)

Wheat Flour, Buttermilk, Raw Cane Sugar, Rolled Oats, Hazelnut, Cranberries, Raisins, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Oranges, Baking Soda, Sea Salt.

So … my taste buds weren’t going wonky … I did taste orange!

My Final Thoughts:

These are really delicious.  I like them better than the Raincoast Crisps that I’ve tried thus far … they have a fresh-baked taste to them and that made all the difference in the world.

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