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      19.05.2013 21:07
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      Low calorie crispbreads that are quite tasty

      ===The Product===

      Ryvita Original Wheat Crackerbread.
      Comes in an orange and cream long oblong cardboard box.
      200 grams and contains two cellophane wrapped packs of crackers - about 19 in each.
      Image of a cracker on the front with peppers.
      I slice is 19 calories.
      Light and crispy - melt in the mouth.
      Suitable for Vegetarians and endorsed by the Princes Countryside Fund.
      Low in saturated fat.
      No artificial colourings or preservatives.
      Allergy alert - may contain soya. wheat or milk.



      ===Cost===

      £1.09 for 200 grams.



      ===My Opinion===

      These crackers are very lightweight - and to me they resemble Polystyrene - both in weight and texture.
      They are about the size of an Original Ryvita cracker - but thinner and flatter. They are a very light golden colour, some might say a little too pale.
      They feel as if there is almost nothing to them and to be honest even after buying them they did not look or feel very appetising. I am sure lots of people who are on diets buy them ad they are only 19 calories each.
      You can eat them on their own but I like having them either with some butter or some cream cheese. On the packet it says you can have them with jam for a sweet treat as well.
      When eaten with a salad or even just with butter they are a tasty and crunchy snack. They are not as substantial as the original Ryvita slices and do tend to be more melt in your mouth rather than a substantial mouthful. However they make a nice change to Ryvita Original and I have been using them in place of bread recently as a bit of a change.
      They do not have any nasty additives and are reasonably wholesome. They made a good alternative to slices of bread and can also be used in the place of biscuits if you are really watching your calories.
      The large pack only costs £1.09 and you get about 38 crackers so they are not too expensive either.
      A nice change from normal Ryvita and nice and light to eat in the summer.



      ===Star Rating===

      4 stars.



      ===Would I Recommend?===

      Yes.



      ===Website===

      www.ryvita.co.uk



      ===Ingredients===

      Wheat Flour, Rapeseed Oil, Salt, Sugar Beet Fibre.

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      06.07.2012 22:47
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      Crispy and light crispbreads!

      Of late I have been trying to eat alot healthier after a bit of a weight gain. One of my big vices in life is bread, especially white bread and so for the time being I have cut it out of my diet and am eating lower fat alternatives and so the other day I bought a box of these to try.

      The Packaging:

      The cardboard box is yellow colour and on one side of it were are told what they are, the weight of them is stated which is 200g and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. Other information listed on the box includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients and allergy advice is given, there is a full nutritional chart shown and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly listed. Nice enough and informative packaging this is and I do like the way that the crispbreads are divided into two sealed bags so that they're easier to keep fresh.

      The Crispbreads:

      Made from wheat flour in the main these are simply superb and you get loads of them too. Light golden in colour and thinnish and slightly rough textured I love the crunchiness of these! They simply taste a little bit of wheat and are nicely seasoned however although they do contain salt they are nice eaten with a bit of low fat spread on them, cheese and even sweet toppings and at the moment I seem to be addicted to having low fat spread on mine with a slither of lemon curd!

      These are not particularly filling and are a lighter alternative to bread and I really do like them however you do need to put any crispbreads opened into an air tight container as left in open air they do go slightly soggy and don't taste great.

      Best served with cold food stuffs and nothing too wet as they go too soggy I have no issues with these at all and at only 19 calories each and with only a trace of fat and saturated fat neither do my hips!

      Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about £1.29 a box (I got mine in Asda).

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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        10.04.2012 16:28
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        A handy snack to have on standby in the cupboard

        I eat these Crispbread crackers at lunchtimes with different toppings on them and find them very handy to have in the house. They come in two separate packets in the cardboard box which is good so that the whole lot of them aren't exposed to the air as soon as you've opened it. They cost £1.09 in Tescos but you can buy them at most supermarkets.

        They are low in calories, only 19 calories per crispbread so great for people on a diet. They are very light in weight and in taste, there is a lot of air in them so they aren't a heavy cracker like a cream cracker. They are great at lunchtime if you want to put things like tuna and cucumber on them but I have also used them with sweet toppings on them such as marmalade or Nutella. It's good that they can serve a purpose as both a savoury snack and a sweet snack depending on what you put on them.

        When you bite them they are very crisp and dry and they do melt in your mouth a bit due to the airy nature of them but I like this. If you don't store them extremely well the rest of the packet will go soft and chewy after a few days so they must be kept in air-tight containers. The use by date is always a long time in the future so you can store them in the cupboard for months. All in all a great handy snack to have in the cupboard.

        N.B. The design of the cardboard packet is slightly different now to the picture above but it is the same product. It is still a yellow coloured box but slightly more orangey yellow than sunshine yellow.

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        17.12.2010 13:18
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        An excellent, tasty, light & wispy crispbread which is kind on calories

        PRICE: 86p for 200g at my local Sainsbury's

        NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per slice):-

        Calories: 19
        Kg: 81
        Protein: 0.5g
        Carbohydrate: 3.8g
        (of which sugars): 0.1g
        Fat: 0.2g
        (of which saturates): 0.03g
        Fibre: 0.2g
        Sodium: 0.02g
        Eqiivalent as salt: 0.05g

        INGREDIENTS:-

        Wheat flour, vegetable oil, salt, sugar, sugar beet fibre

        DIETARY/ALLERGY INFORMATION:-

        Contains wheat, may contain milk, may contain soya/soybeans

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        I'm generally not a great fan of crispbreads, as I find most of them to be far too laborious to chew, even if they taste nice. Some years ago I discovered Ryvita Crackerbread and as part of the calorie-controlled diet which I was on at the time, I gave them a try and have been eating them purely for pleasure ever since.

        Of course, Ryvita Crackerbread is to be found in most supermarkets in the crispbreads and savoury biscuits section. Sometimes they come in an elongated box which contains two sealed cellophane packs of the crispbreads, and sometimes in a squarer, dumpier-shaped box which contains the same amount of crispbreads - merely that they are sealed into a single cellophane bag. The differently shaped boxes are of the same design though....which is a dull yellow in colour, and on the front of each there is the usual Ryvita trademark, with the finger and thumb of two hands appearing to hold each side of the word 'crackerbread", and a slice of cheese with a dollop of pickle on top rests over the red lettering. The rear and sides of the box show nutritional information, ingredients, allergy/dietary advice, recycling information and the manufacturer's contact details.

        Each cracker is about the same size as Ryvita's standard crispbreads, but that's pretty much where the resemblance ends. They are a fawnish, golden-brownish colour and don't have that deep dimpling which Ryvita crispbreads are so famous for. The surface and rear of the crackers are comparatively flat, therefore making it not only easier to spread something on top....it's also much easier to control (looking at it from a calorie-counting point of view) the amount of whatever it is you choose to spread onto the crackers in that half of it doesn't disappear down the holes of that dimpled effect which is a standard feature on other Ryvita crispbreads.

        At a mere 19 calories per slice, you probably can calorifically afford to treat yourself to a larger portion of Ryvita Crackerbread than you'd be able to get away with when using pretty much all other types of crispbreads, regardless of brand. The crackers are light and airy - almost wispy - giving off a fine, fawn-coloured dust when bitten into. I can't say that they taste of much other than having a laid-back, borderline bland wheat type flavour, but they are very pleasant to eat from the point of view of consistency. Unlike most other airy/wispy type savoury snacks, crackers and biscuits, Ryvita Crackerbread doesn't stick to the roof of your mouth whilst chewing.

        Because of the mild flavour of these crispbreads, they are extremely versatile as regards what you can spread onto them - I'd not recommend eating them as they are straight from the packet, as although they don't taste at all unpleasant in their naked state, it would be easy to get bored with them quickly unless a variety of spreads and toppings is used to brighten them up. Probably my most favoured advantage to these crispbreads above others, is that the salt content is negligible, and the presence of what little there is, doesn't overpower the taste of the cracker itself or anything you may spread on it.

        When it comes to storing, unless you have a very airtight biscuit tin, the crackers can go stale pretty quickly and once stale, they aren't at all pleasant to eat as they lose all their wispy crispness, becoming hard, dank and chewy. I don't have a biscuit tin, so if I find that I don't want to eat the whole contents of one of the inner cellophane bags, I simply place what I haven't eaten (still inside the cellophane) into a freezer bag, fold over and over tightly, then replace inside the Ryvita Crackerbread cardboard packet....I've never had them go stale on me using that method of storage.

        One problem with Ryvita Crackerbread, and it's a problem exacerbated by using delicious spreads and toppings, is that they are pretty moreish....yet, compared to other savoury snacks, that could be considered as an advantage because having just one or two more wouldn't break the calorie bank. They are fairly nutritious in that each single cracker contains a reasonable amount of both protein and fibre; they are also low in salt and fat.

        I eat these crackers with several different spreads and toppings....a few examples are; strawberry jam, peanut butter, chocolate spread, strong-tasting cheese spread, fish or meat pate....you can put anything you like on them I suppose - but my absolute favourite way is that of a meal suggestion Audrey Eyton published in one of her F-Plan Diet books back in the early 1980s....that is to take one cheese spread triangle (your favourite brand) and divide it between two crackers, spreading evenly. Take six plain (salted or unsalted - your preference) crisps and gently scrunch them up so that they break into little pieces, then press them into the cheese spread on one of the crackers. Thinly cut some rings from a peeled onion - I find mega strong onions are best for this, but it's a matter pf personal taste and preference - and lay them on top of the cheese spread/crushed crisps mixture. Then, press the second cracker onto the first, sandwich-style, and eat ! Truly delicious and I can devour several of those at one sitting - thank you Audrey Eyton!

        Another good way in which I like to feast on these crackers, is to spread a bit of Flora margarine on a couple of them, and eat with soft-boiled eggs, the crackers replacing toasted soldiers. It's great to spoon out some of the egg, dump it onto the cracker, then eat.

        If you are a glutton like I'm sometimes capable of being, it could be a problem summoning up enough willpower to refrain from devouring the whole pack of crackers in one go - if you are using them as a valuable part of a calorie-controlled diet, the object will then be seriously defeated if you scoff the lot all at once....especially when eaten with spreads/toppings.

        When all's said and done, Ryvita Crackerbread is by far my favourite crispbread, regardless of whether I'm following a healthy eating plan or not. Although I have to exert some willpower to stop me gorging on a whole packet at one sitting, I do like to buy a couple of packets a week, as the crackers are so very versatile, pleasing to eat, and have a delicate flavour which doesn't overpower anything you spread or dollop onto them.....so long as they are stored such that moisture can't get into the crackers and render them stale, they are always my number one choice. Overall, I'd say they are a delicious snack that I find particularly tasty as a late evening indulgence, but it's an innocent indulgence. I'd not recommend them for people's lunch-boxes though, as unless they are packed in a 100% airtight fashion, they will quickly go stale - also, any spread/topping would have to be quite dry, otherwise fluid from spreads/toppings can soak down into the body of the crackers and make them lose their wispy crispy texture/sensation.

        Highly recommended by me, particularly if you are following a calorie-controlled diet or are on some other type of food intake regime. I just hope and pray the Ryvita Company don't one day decide to stop making them.

        Thanks for reading!

        ~~ Also published on Ciao under my CelticSoulSister user name ~~

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          22.11.2010 20:10
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          if you are on a diet maybe if you can get on with the taste

          I wanted to buy something to takes to work as a snack with salad as I am on a bit of pre xmas health kick.
          I had never tried Ryvita's crackerbread only the other ryvita variations, but was expecting something similar.

          PACKAGE

          Fairly large cardboard box which is orange in colour. It has crackerbread in large bold red writing across the front, with a picture of salad on top.
          In the top corner is the ryvita sign and below a brief contents of each slice guideline. The box states that the product is an original and a "light and crispy alternative to bread".

          INGREDIENTS AND INFORMATION

          Ingredients are listed as wheat flour, vegetable oil, salt, sugar, sugar beet fibre and may contain milk and soya.

          Nutrition per slice are listed as calories 19 kcal, protein 0.5g, carbohydrate 3.8g of which sugar is 0.1g, fat 0.2g of which saturates are 0.03g, fibre 0.2g, sodium 0.02g,

          There is some writing on the side of the box which says that the product is "truly British and something of an institution". I have to admit I never thought of the ryvita as a British institution!

          PRODUCT

          For just 70p you get a 200g box worth of crackerbread, this does seem quite a bargin and cheaper than other ryvita.
          Inside the box crackerbread is sealed in clear plastic sections of 15 pieces.
          The crackerbread itself is very pale in colour and does have that wheat look about it, rather than the traditional ryvita cracker I was expecting. They are the standard rectangle shape and fairly thin, but sturdy enough not to break when salad on top.
          You get a great crunch sound when you bite into one, but are then covered with tiny little flakes resembling dandruff! I have to say it tasted more like cardboard to me than crackerbread and I would not substitute my bread for that. I don't think I could even eat one without humus on top which is what I used along with various salads, I did persevere to the end of the packet! For the sake of my waist! I think in future I will stick to the other ryvitas.

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            09.06.2010 12:43
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            Try them as an alternative to bread!!!!!

            RYVITA CRACKERBREAD

            I take crispbreads to work for lunch every day and I like to try different ones. At the moment I am hooked on Ryvita Crackerbread. I get mine from Tesco and they are 88p for a 200g box. The Crackerbreads are sealed inside the box in 2 separate sealed bags so they stay nice and fresh. The box is mainly yellow and has Ryvita Crackerbread written across the front. Under this Ryvita states that it is "the light and crispy alternative to bread" There is also a serving suggestion on the front of the box of cucumber and cream cheese.

            The GDA is on the front of the box and is as follows:-
            Per slice
            Calories 19
            Sugars 0.1g
            Fat 0.2g
            Saturates- trace
            Salt 0.05g
            There is a larger nutritional list on the back of the box along with a list of ingredients.

            The Crackerbreads themselves are a very pale creamy colour and to be honest look bland, however they have a deliciously wheaty taste and are lovely and crunchy. They are low in calories and very light in texture. They are alos low in carbohydrates and as I have mentioned in several other reviews I tend to follow a low carb diet due to being diabetic. I particularly like these dipped in low fat salad cream, they make a nice low fat snack if you are feeling a bit hungry between meal times. They are equally as nice with cheese or any type of spread. And for an alternative topping to pasta bake I crumble some Crackerbreads, mix them with grated cheese and mixed dried herbs, sprinkle over the top of the pasta bake and pop under a hot grill, you get a nice cruchy cheesy topping, lovely!

            I definatly recommend these they really are a good alternative to bread.

            ADVANTAGES
            Low in calories
            Low in carbohydrates
            Tasty
            Light and crunchy

            DISADVANTAGES
            None!

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              26.04.2010 13:46
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              Can be jazzed up so worth a try

              Ryvita Crackerbread......


              This was one product that I hadn't really tried out of the Ryvita range but seeing as I am trying to be especially good to loose a few pounds for the summer I thought I would pick this up on a recent shopping trip at Morrison's.

              For around the 80 pence price range what you get is 200 grams of the said Crackerbread. In comes housed within a outer cardboard box and inside is two separate sections of the Crackerbread wrapped up in cellophane.

              The Crackerbread is described as "The light and crispy alternative to bread" which for me is a major selling point as all I have to do is look at a slice of bread and my face puffs up!

              The Crackerbread itself is square pieces of sand coloured cracker type food. Although the texture is a lot lighter and fluffier than a cracker. To eat them without anything on is rather horrible as they are dry and tasteless however when a topping is applied they can be a nice to eat.

              I tend to spread mine with low fat Philadelphia garlic and cheese spread which works very well together or even a thick layer of Marmite which gives it a nice bite. The Crackerbread is very crunchy and can cause a fair few crumbs so not a great idea to eat over your keyboard! I really cannot describe the taste any more because for me they really have no distinctive taste at all. Yes they are crunchy and light in texture but "an alternative to bread" I really think not.

              Per slice there is only 19 calories and a trace of saturated fat which can only be expected as they are pretty much like eating a slice of nothing. It really all boils down to what topping is used to make these Crackerbread's edible.

              The ingredients of the Crackerbread is quite basic too with only wheat flour, vegetable oil, salt, sugar, and sugar beet fibre in the make up.

              Okay so really they are perfect to have as a lunch time meals as long as the topping is nice you can't go wrong. I would certainly buy them again while I am trying to be good but I couldn't say that I would choose to eat them if I was happy with my weight. They are bland on their own but can be spiced up quite a bit.

              I think a 3 out of 5 star rating and a recomendation to all dieters!

              Worth having in the cupboard.

              Thanks for reading!

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                03.04.2010 09:43
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                good value and good price

                Although I am not dieting at the moment, I have many times in the past, when I did used to cut down on my calories, I found it hard to find an alternative to bread and I used to eat and love the original Ryvita, and I did lose some weight and managed to maintain it, although I am now gaining a little bit more as I am getting a lot older.

                I then discovered the brand name also manufactured these crackers too and I had to try them to see if I liked them and I did and I have bought them ever since.

                They come in a long oblong cardboard box which is easy to open at both sides, inside there are 78 crackers, in 2 separate packets, each with 19 wrapped in plastic, an odd number in my opinion, but the crackers are nice and fresh and packaged very well.

                The cracker itself is very light and crispy and with a topping they are delicious, anything can be used for the extra flavour, cream cheese, tomatoes, butter, ham, anything at all that you fancy eating is perfect for this product.

                When eaten they are very good to digest and they are very filling, much more than I originally thought they would be and for the price of just 78p for 200g and 78 crackers I thing they are extremely good value, so that works out at only 1p a cracker.

                They very low in calories each slice contains, 19 calories, 0.5g protein, 3.8g carbohydrates, 0.2g fat, 0.2g fibre.

                People do not need to be on a diet to use these crackers as with other foods they are an healthy alternative to bread, and filling at the same time, and if you are trying to lose weight, they would be even better as part of your calorie controlled diet.

                I sometimes if I have guests at my BBQs or parties are on diets, I just place a box at the end of the table, still in their wrapper and if anyone wants them with the salad etc they are there for them to eat.

                They are best kept in a cool place, maybe a tin or plastic container because if you are not using them for a while they do tend to go a little soft, so I just use keep them in the same way as I would biscuits and that way they stay nice and fresh.

                I do think anyone should give these a try and see if they are a food you may enjoy too.

                I give it 5 stars.

                Thank you for reading my review.

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                  19.02.2010 14:21
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                  A Really Great Product To Have For A Snack Or To Substitue Bread With.

                  I like to have a light meal or snack before I go to bed. I know that that's supposed to be bad for you, but I like to do it & it helps me cover for the breakfast that I don't normally eat. These are great for that time.

                  I tend to go for cereal when I go for a snack, but my Mom used to buy these when I was a kid & I liked them at the time & still do. They are crispy like a cracker but they are different in that crackers are similar to biscuits & snap. These are crispy but in a softer way than a traditional cracker. They are a good alternative to Ryvita (even that is who now produces them) as ryvita can be very hard & dry. These are not at all hard & aren't that dry either.

                  To be fair, they don't have a lot of taste & have a really light flavour. It is a good flavour though. The thing about these is, they aren't meant to be eaten alone. You are supposed to top them with cream cheese or potted meat or even jam. This means they are great as either closed open sandwhiches & can have pretty much any topping that a normal sandwhich can.

                  They come in a carboard box that has to cling film packets of 15 crackerbreads inside. This helps keep the second packet fresher for longer. They tend to go for between 80p to a £1.00 depending on where you buy them.

                  I would happily recommend them. There are very low in fat & salt. They are very versatile & are great with either savoury or sweet toppings. They also offer a nice tasting alternative to bread

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                  a versatile and enjoyable light snack

                  Ryvita's crackerbread costs around a pound per box, at which price you get thirty or so decent-sized wheat crackers, which represent a lighter and healthier alternative to both bread and other crackers which in many cases contain lots of salt and are not particularly good for you. I have known people to eat crackerbread on its own, but its far, far too dry for me to ever conceive of such a thing, and the taste/healthiness of a crackerbread snack depends entirely on what toppings you choose to employ.

                  The crackers are appealingly crispy and crunchy, and are perfectly nice with just a thin layer of low-fat spread, which makes them a healthy alternative to crisps, but they also go very well with spreadable cheese or cheese slices, and as well as savoury toppings also go nicely with sweet toppings as well.

                  The large size of the pack offers great value for money, and will last for a few weeks in most households, although once one of the sellophane packets containing the crackers (there are 2 packets in each box) has been opened, the opened packet will need to be stored within a sealed tupperware box otherwise the crackers will go soft and become practically inedible within 24 hours.

                  Crackerbread is a cheap, verstile and enjoyable snack that acts as a great replacement to fattier snack foods and makes a great addition to a healthy lifestyle.

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                    08.02.2010 23:07
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                    Its not a cracker, its not bread but I love it.

                    Crackerbreads always confuse me a little. I frequently buy them, and every time I do I regret buying them as I go on a one woman mission to eat the whole pack in as short a time as possible as they are THAT NICE! But they confuse me non the less. Let me explain-

                    They are called CRACKER BREAD but they are not crackers (they more closely resemble very very compressed weetabix as they taste flaky) but they are not bread either. I mean, even melba TOAST looks like mini bread slices.. with crackerbread, you just get rectangular slices of caramel coloured "stuff" that seems to disintegrate/melt in your mouth when you eat it.

                    Don't get me wrong, I love these "crackers" but they are a little confusing.

                    Crackerbreads have been around for YEARS... I mean YEARS- I have tried to find out when exactly they were "invented" but I can't find this information but my mum used to eat them when she was "slimming" in the 1950s or 1960s so they have been around for a long time!. They are made by Ryvita, you can buy ORIGINAL or WHOLEWHEAT varieties. I have only tried the original version so this is what this review is about.

                    One pack will cost 69-90p depending upon your supermarket and for this price you get two individually wrapped rectangular packs inside one box- so you can eat one load of crackers and leave the other one fresh in the box. These do go soft if you do not keep them in an air tight tin so it is a good idea to buy a tin or some tupperware to store these in.

                    Nutritionally- these are a nice compact 19 calories/ 0.2g fat per slice, I find around 3 of these is good for a snack. You can eat them without any topping but the beauty of these is they are a neutral flavour (neither sweet nor savoury) so you can put margarine and cheese on them or you can have them with stawberries on (serving suggestion from Ryvita!).

                    I can see how the sweet toppings would work, but i'm sticking with the cheese and pickles (cheese on first as if these come in contact with any moisture they do literally disintegrate so if you put a pickle on a nude cracker it would create a soggy hole in the cracker). It has been tried. It is not good.

                    Crackerbread makes a lighter alternative to cream crackers and a more light and flaky alternative to actual ryvitas that can be a bit too fibrous and hard on your teeth sometimes I find! They are less polystyrene tasting than rice cakes but have a smiliar malty neutral taste. I can only describe it as malty as it is a sort of savoury flaky taste- the sensation of the cracker disintegrating in your mouth is really pleasant too.

                    The downside is the crumbs. Oh boy do these create a mess. You need to use a large plate or just avoid doing your hoovering until after you have eaten them. They do not break in haf very well either if you want to create smaller crackers they will only break well lengthways due to how they are made (you need to try snapping one to see what I mean).

                    Ingredients:
                    Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Sugar, Sugar Beet Fibre.

                    Pack warnings:
                    Contains Wheat. May contain Milk and Soya.

                    Oddly, I think Ryvita have gone a bit "But you CAN eat these if you have the following allergies:" crazy-- as the pack states these are suitable for:
                    Vegetarians, consumers avoiding: MSG, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Egg, Yeast, Crustacean, Fish, Sesame, SO2 & Sulphites, Celery, Mustard, GMO.

                    If I had a fish allergy, I would not check crackerbreads to see if they contained fish. Same for "crustaceans" (that's shell fish, right?). I can understand you have to be careful if you have a life threatening allergy but this seems a bit like marketing apples to people who are allergic to eggs. And I didn't know you could have a CELERY allergy?.

                    Anyway, I love these, they are just brilliant to snack on and very versatile- you can be quite creative with your toppings, they are well priced, tasty and you can eat them if you are allergic to all sorts of things!

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                      Surprisingly filling

                      Ordinarily when purchasing items of food you need to get out your magnifying glass to read the tiny small print which informs you how many calories and other assorted nasties are in whatever it is you're considering consuming. So proud are the people at Ryvita that Crackerbread is minimalistic in just about everything, taste included, that they've dedicated the entire rear of the enormous box to providing this information in the largest font available.

                      Those of you on a diet will be delighted to discover that a single cracker contains a mere 19 calories whilst an entire box (36 slices) only contains 760 calories. That's the same amount of calories as you'd find in a Burger King Whopper with cheese. I know which I'd prefer.

                      Within the recyclable cardboard packaging are two smaller plastic wrapped packets containing 18 slices of Crackerbread. Once opened its impossible to reseal the packaging as there isn't enough of it to reuse. You need to place the contents into an airtight bag or box and consume sooner rather than later as they go very soggy very quickly.

                      Crackerbread has the combine benefits of being good for you and... nope that's it. Its good for you. Its bland, tasteless and akin to chomping your way through crunchy cardboard. Cardboard which rapidly becomes rather moist leaving a layer of slime on your tongue.

                      Perhaps the only benefit is you can heap it with calorie laden topping to cover its lack of taste. Masochists may prefer to add a slart of low calorie Philadelphia and the odd tomato but this only serves to speed up the process of disintegration.

                      They are also incredibly messy to eat leaving a trail of crumbs no matter how careful you attempt to be. They also suffer from the earthquake ripple effect which sees a bite at one end resulting in a fracture line down the centre of the Crackerbread and a chunk from the far end leaping into your lap topping side down as dictated by Sods Law.

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                      30.10.2009 14:11
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                      Ideal if you're slimming and as a quick snack

                      I decided to give Crackerbread a go about three years ago when I was desperately trying to get rid of my baby weight. I needed an alternative to bread, I was the ultimate doorstep sandwich girl and really needed to stop as I feeling bloated to Violet Bureagarde proportions. Though I hadn't actually gone purple.

                      Anyway, I found these as decided to give them a go. I don't dislike original Ryvitas but I was getting a tad bored of them. Crackerbread, although made also by Ryvita, is totally different so did make a change. In an orangy/yellow box with a few slices of cucumber and what is probably heallthy creaam cheese as a 'serving suggestion' you get 200gm worth of Crackerbread neatly divided into two sellophane packets to keep them fresh, The box describes them as 'the light and crispy alternative to bread', each rectangular slice as light as a feather about the same dimensions as a traditional Ryvita lightly grooved down one side. Each slice contains 0.2 gram of fat and contains 19 calories. Fab!

                      However, if you are looking for a true alternative to bread in the hope this will be as satisfying, you will be disappointed as they aren't that filling. I suppose it depends what you put on them but I used to eat about 4 with quite a bit of cottage cheese on top to feel like I'd had something. They can go a bit soggy too, especially if you put cottage cheese on them. But keep them in an airtight tin once opened and they're okay.

                      I found them quite versatile in that they will take both sweet and savoury toppings. Instead of a biscuit, if I need a quick sugar fix I'll spread a couple with a bit of strawberry jam and it's just enough as a quick snack.

                      My three year old loves these as well! Two on a plate with the butter pot and she's quite happy, she will often ask for these as opposed to toast.

                      All in all, for dieters these are great though do be aware they won't fill you up in the same way bread will. But they worked for me, and although I'm back on the bread most of the time now I'm not on the doorstep proportions anymore.

                      Oh, and last time I was in Tescos they were 2 boxes for a pound. Bargain!!

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                        A healthier alternative to bread and lots if room for toppings!

                        I am trying to make a conscious effort to shift a bit of my weight, now don't get me wrong I know I don't have much to loose but a good stone would be nice and even better if I could loose my saggy after baby tummy! In doing this I have decided to try and cut down on my bread intake as I do eat rather a lot of it. Hovis is the brand which I eat and each slice of this thick white bread contains 117 Kcal, this may not seem like too much but after 4 slices of toast for breakfast, 3 slices of it with my dinner and then occasionally some with tea then the calories do add up to quite an amount.

                        The alternative which I have chosen are Crackerbread, they are made by Ryvita and are actually a nice change. The cracker come in a yellow box and have the name in big red letters across the middles. There is also a picture of a dollop of cream cheese and some cucumber on top of the title. Nutritional information, ingredients and a small paragraph about Ryvita can be found around the sides and the back of the box.

                        ~~THE CRACKERS~~

                        The crackers come in a plastic wrap and are in two sections. In each packet there are 20 individual crackers which make for a total of 40 in the box. Each cracker measures a nice 10cm by 6 cm and they are roughly half a centimetre thick. They are a light brown colour.

                        ~~TASTE~~

                        The crackers on first bite are very crispy and do make quite a mess with little bits breaking off and falling everywhere. A plan cracker tastes quite dry and quite a lot like wheat. They can be a bit of a challenge to eat if dry and they do have a tendency to stick in teeth and to the roof of the mouth but this does all change when a topping is used. The crackers do not have a particular smell but if I had to say what they smelt like then it would be slightly similar to toast!

                        ~~TOPPING~~

                        As I said before these crackers do taste much nicer if you have a topping on them and my personal favourite has got to be a cracker smeared lightly with Dairylea (yes I know I have a phobia of cheese but for some reason Dairylea does not fall into this for me!), then a little slice of ham and topped of with thinly sliced cucumber. I have to admit that I can quite easily munch through about 4 or 5 of these in one sitting. You can rally use any topping of your choice and don't have to just stick to the normal, you can use jam, cream cheese, pate, meat or anything which takes your fancy. The crackers are a good size which allows a lot of topping to be added.

                        ~~NUTRITION~~

                        For me these are a lot healthier than bread as they contain much fewer calories. The nutritional info is as follows:-

                        Per Slice:-

                        Kcal - 19
                        Protein - 0.5g
                        Carbohydrate - 3.8g (of which sugars) - 0.1g
                        Fat - 0.2g (of which saturates) - 0.03g
                        Fibre - 0.2g
                        Sodium - 0.02g

                        The ingredient for those who wish to know are, wheat flour, vegetable oil, salt, sugar and sugar beet fibre. I have added these ingredients as the box does not state if they are suitable for vegetarians but from what I can tell I would say that they are.

                        ~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~

                        The crackers are widely available in all supermarkets and some larger shops such as Londis and Spar and they are currently priced at a reasonable 80p in Tesco. This price will vary from shop to shop but on my travels I have never seen them above the £1 price. I think this is so much cheaper than buying bread as a loaf is costing my around the £1.20 mark.

                        ~~OVERALL~~

                        Overall I do have to recommend these crackers as they are so much healthier than bread and I eat far fewer calories this way and although they are quite bland plain they still make for a nice little snack when waiting for a meal. My boys also all enjoy these and I would much rather them have a cracker than a few biscuits despite the mess that they make! A box will also stay fresh for quite some weeks after being opened if you close the box and plastic wrappers tightly which helps make them great value for money.

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                          21.07.2009 01:46
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                          Mmmm delicious versatility!!!!

                          Never have I seen such a conventional cracker. Ryvita Crackerbread has got everything going for it. It's light, low in calories, and amazingly versatile.

                          I find that this cracker goes very well with red cheeses, Red Leicester is a personal favourite, and a little bit of tomato on the top can also work wonders. There are also a whole host of sweet toppings that complement it adequately. honey, grapes, and even jam and butter go surprisingly well.

                          Despite looking a little cheap and in fact being very cheap, (although you often have to buy in bulky boxes) it has a very fluffy and light texture, and for a cracker, is not dry in the slightest. They pile very well on top of each other when they are spread with butter or soft cheese, which makes for a very tasty lazy snack.

                          Despite all of these good qualities, they are a very messy cracker, and often leave dust trails wherever you might carry them. Be careful escorting these crackers around the home, as they can be murder to clean up after.
                          Nutritional Information follows:

                          (Per 100g)
                          Calories 380
                          Protein 10.3
                          Carbohydrate 76.9
                          Fat 3.5
                          Fibre 3.5
                          Alcohol 0

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