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Taste test: wheat crackers

Wheat crackers go alongside any dip or appetizer on a healthy table. But take note of serving sizes; just because some labels tout "whole grains,'' it doesn't mean you can eat all you want.

They are a favorite at neighborhood parties in Bayway Isles in St. Petersburg. Members of the Bayway Isles Ladies Association compared eight brands of multigrain wheat crackers for Personal Best during a recent gathering. Their favorites were familiar brands.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product serving Pepperidge Farm Harvest Wheat

3 crackers per serving

Keebler Wheatables Hearty Multigrain

17 crackers per serving

Kellogg's Special K Multi-Grain

24 crackers per serving

Calories

Fat / Fiber

80

3.5g / less than 1g

140

6g / 1g

120

3g / 2g

Judges' comments Buttery, nutty flavor. Nice and crisp. Would be especially good with cheese. Cute, crispy and perfect for dipping. Smaller than some of the other brands, but salty, seedy and satisfying. "Sweet, salty and almost oily — in a good way," said one group of judges.
Shopping information $2.96 for a 10.25-ounce box at Wal-Mart $2 for a 9-ounce box at Wal-Mart $2 for an 8-ounce box at Wal-Mart
Product serving Pepperidge Farm Harvest Wheat

3 crackers per serving

Keebler Wheatables Hearty Multigrain

17 crackers per serving

Kellogg's Special K Multi-Grain

24 crackers per serving

Calories

Fat / Fiber

80

3.5g / less than 1g

140

6g / 1g

120

3g / 2g

Judges' comments Buttery, nutty flavor. Nice and crisp. Would be especially good with cheese. Cute, crispy and perfect for dipping. Smaller than some of the other brands, but salty, seedy and satisfying. "Sweet, salty and almost oily — in a good way," said one group of judges.
Shopping information $2.96 for a 10.25-ounce box at Wal-Mart $2 for a 9-ounce box at Wal-Mart $2 for an 8-ounce box at Wal-Mart

ALSO SAMPLED: Carr's ($2.50 for a 7-ounce box at Wal-Mart); Nabisco Ritz Simply Socials ($2.50 for a 15-ounce box at Wal-Mart); Nabisco Wheatsworth ($3.48 for an 11.5-ounce box at Wal-Mart); Dare's Breton ($3.29 for an 8-ounce box at Publix); and Sunshine's Krispy Wheat Saltines ($3.19 for a 16-ounce box at Publix).

Panelists: Marjorie Dosik, Mary Bedinghaus, Sharlene Sakol, Donna Parker, Maria Milne, Joy Hyland, Jeanne Houlton, Jan Green, Shirley Goldberg, Barbara Titland, Denise Mastry, Pat Rossignol, Marilyn Remp, Joyce Tucker, Lucia Jarush, Alice Vincent, Nancy Dunn, Jean Arnold, Mary Seddon, Trudy Barker, Dorothy Hedrick, Blanca Brown, Zoe Boutros, Judy Cayado and Estelia Mesimer.

Taste test: wheat crackers 04/24/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 24, 2009 4:30am]
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