I have never really taken a shine to cheese-flavored crackers. Goldfish, Cheese Nips, Cheez-Its, they were the best thing ever for most other kids, but not me. I would rather have a good stone-ground cracker or melba toast with a schmear of horseradish cheese spread or a hunk of Leerdammer resting on top. Yes, even back in elementary school, I was a cheese snob, and no bit of orange-colored pseudo cheese particle cracker was going to entice me. As I got older, my snobbery branched out to pretty much all mass-produced cheese-flavored crackers so I was hesitant when asked to try John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks and CheeseCrisps.
When the package of samples arrived, I was surprised to see how many flavors John Wm. Macy’s offered and in both the CheeseSticks and CheeseCrisps. There were even SweetStick flavors including Java Cinnamon and Madagascar Vanilla, which I didn’t even know they made. Since I have been on a bit of a cheese sabbatical lately, I decided to try all the cheese flavors at once for comparison’s sake.
These sourdough swirly wands and crisps looked pretty fancy fresh out of the box and even smelled fresh and not chemically, like a lot of other mass-produced cheese crackers I have tried. Between the Original Cheddar and Asiago Cheddar, there wasn’t that much variation in flavor, but that isn’t to say they weren’t good. I really liked the crunchy yet not-too-hard texture and appreciated the subtly of cheese flavor. The Dijon Swiss and Melting Parmesan flavors were also quite tasty. The only flavor I didn’t care for all that much was the Smoked Jalapeño, but I figured The Hubby would enjoy them since he likes spicier things. I wanted to see how the CheeseCrisps would hold up in soup, so I dropped a few of the Sesame Gruyère CheeseCrisps in some chicken broth (my lunch most days). While they came apart quicker than expected, it wasn’t as quick as regular saltines and the flavor they added to the broth was great and not overly salty.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks and CheeseCrisps. I have found myself snacking on them at night in front of the TV and when I find myself craving cheese and know I can’t have any. The SweetSticks are addicting! I dunk them in coffee, as long as it is a quick dunk. I’ll be sad when my stock is gone, but I have recently found some of them in my local gourmet food stores so I know I can always get more. So it would appear that this cheese snob has found her Cheez-It cracker. Or is it her Cheese Nip?