Monday, February 27, 2012

Blue Diamond Nut-Thins Crackers

Good Crackers are Hard to Come By

Not all gluten-free crackers are worth eating. I know. I've had to learn the hard way.

Several years ago, back when I was still quite gluten-free-naive, I invited some friends over for an afternoon and dinner.  I put out a couple of different gluten-free crackers and cheese, and some dipping vegetables.

One of those types gluten-free crackers were untested. I had never tried them.

Big mistake. Always, always, always, try your gluten-free products before offering them to guests. Always.

This time I hadn't.

One of my guests was eating one of these particular, untried gluten-free crackers.  She asked me something about them, and she wasn't smiling. Immediately, I suspected the worst.

I grabbed one off the plate and tested a nibble of it.

Those gluten-free crackers didn't taste like cardboard. They tasted like dried tree bark. Because cardboard is too thick. Either way, they were awful!

I immediately grabbed all of those horrible gluten-free crackers and threw them in the trash. They weren't even compost pile worthy! I wouldn't dream of adding something that awful to my compost.

Luckily, I had some of these Blue Diamond Nut-Thins on hand and they saved the day!

Blue Diamond Nut-Thins

These gluten-free crackers are great! Blue Diamond might be familiar to you because they make almonds. Well, they grow and process almonds. And other nuts. And now they are making crackers.

Delicious, gluten-free crackers.

Best of all, they seem to be quite widely available. I have traveled to different states and still found some of these in stores.

They come in several different varieties, some flavored and some not. The Almond, Pecan, and Cheddar Cheese flavors are my favorite. Soon after I discovered these, I tried a box of the Smokehouse flavor. I didn't care for them. Nor the Country Ranch flavor.

I guess I'm just a salt and cheese kind of gal.

The nut-only flavored crackers go great with hummus or brie or havarti or goat cheese or tapenade or any number of other toppings. They tend to be a bit on the salty side, so take that into account if you are making a spread.

Of course, the Cheddar Cheese flavor crackers are great with a bowl of Gluten-Free Tomato Bisque.

These gluten-free crackers are so good, the gluten-eaters don't even know what they are missing! You can comfortably put these out for all of your guests, knowing that everyone will like them.

And that is the best part. Good food for everyone!

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