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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Kinnikinnick S'moreables Graham Style Crackers

There are two types of crackers whose emulation seem to be most sought-after when it comes to the gluten-free market: Ritz, and Graham. Ritz crackers, I think, have been fairly well copped to (at least as far as I can tell), but the graham has been a somewhat more elusive target... until now. Okay, let me back up just a little bit, because talking about Graham crackers (or Graham-style crackers) lets me point out the interesting life of Sylvester Graham, progenitor of said crackers. Seriously, check out that wiki page. Dude carved his entire lifestyle around "curbing lust." Betcha didn't know graham crackers were associated with such things!

Okay, now for the actual review. Kinnikinnick have been around for the while, though their actual in-store presence is somewhat limited, at least in my neck of the woods. I guess that's not entirely surprising, as they are a Canadian company, and I'm in Albuquerque, but... anyway.

So, the crackers. Usually, I am loathe to compare a gluten-free product to it's "real" version, but I think it helps in getting the basics down, here. So if you compare S'moreables to "normal" graham crackers, you'll find that S'moreables are smaller, slightly thicker, and somewhat less crisp than your traditional graham. On the other hand, they taste great, and their thickness gives them an edge when you are trying to spread peanut butter on them. This is not to say they won't break while you're using them (and indeed, not only will they break, but they will NEVER break along the little groove they have at their midpoints), but you can deal with them in a manner befitting a good, solid cracker.

Being short on campfires and suitable campfire equipment, I have not been able to try a S'moreable in the way their name suggests they should be consumed-- that is, in a s'more. Their dimensions might make for tricky s'more-making, but at the same time, consuming the s'mores would be easier... well, unless molten marshmallow started dripping over the sides. Hmmmm. The S'moreables box, you'll note, suggests that you chop each individual cracker in half for optimal s'morage. That's just not going to work.

Aside from being gluten-free, they're also dairy and nut-free, and they're rather remarkably healthy. Each cracker (the nutrition facts actually label them as "cookies," which is odd) runs you 60 calories, 2g fat, 60mg sodium, 9g carbs. Not bad att all!

If you're a recent convert to the gluten-free life who misses their graham crackers, or if you're looking for a good snack/light meal option, OR if you've got a camping session planned in the near future, grab a box of S'moreables! They're worth it.

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