Taste test: rye berad crisps

Diet gurus love crisp breads. They are low-calorie, low-fat and high-fiber. They also are low in taste. Texture is all they have. But that's probably a big reason they are sold. On a low-calorie diet, it's often the crunch that you crave. Our judges tried five brands of light, rye crisps and would be happy to snack on any of the options — if they had no other carbs available!

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/serving Ry Krisp

Two slices

Finn Crisp

Three slices

Kavli

Two slices

Wasa

Three slices

Ryvita Three slices
Calories Fat/Fiber 50 0g / 3g 60 0g / 3g 60 0.5g / 4g 80 0g / 4g 120 0.5g / 5g
Judges' comments Crunchy and flavorful. Judges liked the grains in the Ry Krisp. One described the crackers as "crunchy multigrain waffles." These looked like cinnamon graham crackers or tongue depressors but tasted like rye. Panelists also detected gingerbread, sour cream and "nice herb, Middle Eastern" flavor in the crackers. Large chunks of rye gave these crackers a pleasant, nutty flavor. They looked a little bland. One described them as the Sahara Desert. But judges said they would look and taste good alongside hunks of cheddar cheese or layered with peanut butter. Dryness overpowered these crackers. They looked like sand, drywall and cardboard, according to judges. But they had great, thick texture. The crunch alone might be enough to satisfy a dieter. These crackers looked like the surface of the moon with lots of craters. They were a bit too dry for most judges, but they did have a slight, rye flavor.
Shopping information $3.15 for an 8-ounce package from Publix. $2.99 for a 7-ounce package from Publix. $2.49 for a 5.2-ounce package from Publix. $2.89 for a 9.5-ounce package from Publix. $2.99 for an 8.8-ounce package from Publix.
Product/serving Ry Krisp

Two slices

Finn Crisp

Three slices

Kavli

Two slices

Wasa

Three slices

Ryvita Three slices
Calories Fat/Fiber 50 0g / 3g 60 0g / 3g 60 0.5g / 4g 80 0g / 4g 120 0.5g / 5g
Judges' comments Crunchy and flavorful. Judges liked the grains in the Ry Krisp. One described the crackers as "crunchy multigrain waffles." These looked like cinnamon graham crackers or tongue depressors but tasted like rye. Panelists also detected gingerbread, sour cream and "nice herb, Middle Eastern" flavor in the crackers. Large chunks of rye gave these crackers a pleasant, nutty flavor. They looked a little bland. One described them as the Sahara Desert. But judges said they would look and taste good alongside hunks of cheddar cheese or layered with peanut butter. Dryness overpowered these crackers. They looked like sand, drywall and cardboard, according to judges. But they had great, thick texture. The crunch alone might be enough to satisfy a dieter. These crackers looked like the surface of the moon with lots of craters. They were a bit too dry for most judges, but they did have a slight, rye flavor.
Shopping information $3.15 for an 8-ounce package from Publix. $2.99 for a 7-ounce package from Publix. $2.49 for a 5.2-ounce package from Publix. $2.89 for a 9.5-ounce package from Publix. $2.99 for an 8.8-ounce package from Publix.

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian with Pinellas County Cooperative Extension; Jim Yockey, aesthetician at Anu You Institute; John Hehn, foodie & owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; and Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620. All foods were tasted blind.

Taste test: rye berad crisps 10/23/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 23, 2009 5:30am]

    

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