Crackers for Any Occasion

Having all the right options on hand will please any guest.

Having all the right options on hand will please any guest. (Unsplash/Leilani Angel/)

Prepare your pantry with a variety of crackers to handle any sudden craving. Better still, having nice crackers on hand means you’ll be ready to put together a light snack for unexpected visits from friends. From plain, salted crackers to crackers flavored with robust herbs and spices, these are the choices to have in your cabinet at all times.

If you like a bit of heat, try these with a simple spread of cream cheese and jalapeno.

If you like a bit of heat, try these with a simple spread of cream cheese and jalapeno. (Triscuit/)

If you’re a fan of layers upon layers of texture, Original Triscuits are your best bet. This traditional cracker made of whole grain wheat is salted to perfection and seems to be the perfect size for a slice of cheese. What’s more? Its hearty construction goes well beyond cheese. Put them on a plate as a companion to thick spreads, like pimento cheese and spinach artichoke dip or use as a vehicle to build mini appetizers. The creations are endless.

Don’t stop at chowder, this option makes one heck of a dessert too!

Don’t stop at chowder, this option makes one heck of a dessert too! (Premium/)

Mini crackers may not often make an appearance on a cheese plate but they really shine in thick soups, like chili or clam chowder. These classic saltines have a light dusting of sea salt and an airy bite—which makes them the perfect candidate for use in many other recipes. Ever hear of saltine toffee bark? If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll definitely want to check that one out.

Also available in cheddar, rosemary herb, and tomato and basil — this option delivers big flavor.

Also available in cheddar, rosemary herb, and tomato and basil — this option delivers big flavor. (Simple Mills/)

For those suffering from gluten intolerance and other dietary restrictions, crackers can be a big no-no. But don’t give up yet, Simple Mills has created a delicious option for cracker lovers. Made with almond flour, these crackers are gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, paleo-friendly, corn-free, and grain-free. You’d never know they aren’t made with classic cracker ingredients. These little bites are thin but sturdy enough to stand up to the presence of a topping or two.

This option dates back well over 100 years.

This option dates back well over 100 years. (Dare/)

Made with no artificial flavors or additives, the Breton cracker is one you’ve definitely encountered served at parties. Made with whole wheat flour and wheat germ, there is a unique quality to the texture and taste. It’s a thicker cracker than most but still maintains a tender, buttery, crispness with each bite. The simplicity of its nature, makes this a winner for everything from firm cheddar to soft brie.

Due to their delicate nature, these are wonderful with a spread of whipped goat cheese.

Due to their delicate nature, these are wonderful with a spread of whipped goat cheese. (Firehook/)

You will immediately taste the from-scratch flavor in these sea salt crackers from Firehook. Organic and also non-GMO—they have a wafer thin, crispy texture so each one isn’t perfect. But the imperfections make them feel all the more homemade.

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