The Snack Report: Ritz Fudge Covered Crackers
I feel like we’ve said this before in Snack Report, but it seems like everybody has jumped onto the “limited edition” bandwagon lately. Oreos have become the worst offender, but nearly every snack food has dipped its toe into the limited edition waters. One of the latest to join in is Ritz crackers. Their limited edition offering is Fudge Covered Ritz. We first saw these in the grocery store last week, and this week they just happened to be on sale, so I decided to give them a try. I was actually kind of excited about them because I really enjoy crackers. Cheese and crackers and peanut butter and crackers are classic snacks, but I’ll also just snack on crackers plain. So the prospect of a dessert cracker was intriguing.
The chocolate plus salt combo is nothing new. It has gained in popularity over the past few years though. Chocolate covered pretzels and peanuts have been around for a long time. And chocolate covered potato chips entered the scene a bit later. There’s even chocolate covered bacon. So chocolate covered crackers really isn’t that far out of an idea. But can they stand up to their predecessors?
Yes they can. Mostly because they taste almost exactly like them. Well, not all of them. They don’t taste like chocolate covered bacon. But they do taste almost exactly like chocolate covered pretzels. There’s a slight difference in taste, but the well known buttery Ritz flavor is mostly covered up by the chocolate flavor so what you end up with is mostly the salty flavor. They are a bit less crisp than chocolate covered pretzels, but even then, the difference in texture wasn’t as much as I was expecting.
The main difference is the shape. If you want the most chocolate bang for your buck these are better than chocolate covered pretzels since they’re larger, and flat. There was definitely no shortage of chocolate, which is good. The chocolate itself tasted like standard chocolate coating chocolate. It didn’t particularly taste super fudgey, but it was chocolatey.
So, final verdict? They’re good. They’re tasty. But I feel like they don’t really accomplish what limited edition products are supposed to do. They’re supposed to be unique and different and make you want to stock up before they discontinue them because you’ll be sad once they’re gone. But these just taste so similar to chocolate covered pretzels that I don’t feel the need to do that because I know there will still be chocolate covered pretzels around to satisfy my future salty chocolate cravings. I could also just go and dip Ritz crackers in chocolate fondue if I so desired. So yes, they’re yummy, but if you miss out on them it’s not the end of the world. I would say if you find them on sale they’re worth a try, but don’t feel the need to pay full price for them.