Have you ever heard of Dr. Kracker? If you haven’t, you should.
Dr. Kracker is a company based out of Dallas, TX (like a certain person I know) that makes scrumptious, unprecedented artisan “krackers.” On their website it says “Dr. Kracker produces a line of deliciously wholesome, stupendously satisfying organic Flatbreads, Snacker Krackers, Snack Chips and Snack Flats.”
Their mission is simple: “[to] make good-for-you food that tastes good.” All their Flatbreads and Snacker Krackers are 100% natural, USDA certified organic and made with whole grains and seeds. None of them contain trans fats.
These yeast-leavened, artisan-baked crackers are nutritionally dense and are packed with good-for-you ingredients. “Because we make our crackers with organically grown cereal grains, whole, mineral-rich bran, and organic seeds, aside from being stupendously delicious, they’re also an excellent source of fiber, protein, Omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamins and iron.”
If you’re interested in the history of how Dr. Kracker came to be, click here. It’s actually very interesting and I recommend you give it a read. 🙂
George Eckrich, Dr. Kracker himself, very kindly sent me a variety of flavors to test. I received several packages of the Culinary Crisps in Seedlander, Seeded Spelt, Apple Crisp, Cherry Semolina, Fire-Roasted and Hummus Maximus. I also received two packages of the Flatbreads in Klassic 3-Seed and Pumpkin Seed Cheddar.
“In Germany, flax, sunflower, and sesame seeds are a classic mix for crusty breakfast rolls. Our cracker version of this old-world staple, with its distinct, nutty flax flavor, is an excellent base for nut butters, cheeses, avocado, and deli meats.”
Ingredients: organic whole wheat flour, organic wheat flour, filtered water, organic oats, organic sunflower seeds, organic flaxseeds, sea salt, organic sesame seeds, yeast, organic barley malt syrup
Upon pulling this flatbread out of the package, the first thing I noticed was its thickness. This is not a wimpy Kracker! I’d say it’s about two times thicker than a graham cracker, to give you a point of reference. The next thing I noticed was its speckled exterior. A cornucopia of seeds adorn the top, namely flax, sunflower and sesame. (<—Haha, that was a fun sentence to write. :D)
As you can see, the flatbread itself is rather large. I attempted to break a piece off and it was much harder than I expected. After another attempt with a little more effort, the piece came off. I bit into it, and my first thought was “hearty.” It is hearty indeed, as well as crispy and dense. The sunflower seed taste is very evident and I enjoyed it a lot.
My favorite way to eat it is topped with a spread. I have yet to try it with hummus, but peanut butter and Gena’s amazing spread have been recurring accompaniments.
“We toast this cracker while it’s baking to coax the “wow” out of those delicious organic pumpkin seeds, and to get that the most out of that unique, extra-crispy toasted cheddar flavor. Absolutely delicious.”
Ingredients: organic whole wheat flour, organic wheat flour, filtered water, organic cheddar cheese (organic pasteurized milk, hannilase enzyme, salt, cultures), organic pumpkin seeds, organic oats, organic sunflower seeds, organic flaxseeds, sea salt, organic sesame seeds, yeast, organic barley malt syrup
These, like the Klassic 3-Seed, are very crunchy and crispy. They were also hard to break, but I consider that a positive thing. They hold your toppings well and don’t get soggy under spreads.
I tried a little piece of this–knowing I’d regret the dairy later–because I was intrigued by the flavor combination. The pumpkin seeds were slightly overwhelmed by the cheddar, but the cheddar had a distinct roasted taste which I enjoyed. It must’ve come from Dr. Kracker’s special artisan baking method.
My mom also tried this flatbread and she really enjoyed it. She liked the unique flavor profiles and appreciated the pumpkin seeds on top.
Culinary Crisps –
(Essentially thinner, smaller flatbread squares)
“Tart sundried tomatoes and rich sweet potatoes, blended with black sesame seeds, chili peppers and organic cheddar cheese.”
Ingredients: organic whole wheat flour, filtered water, organic wheat flour, cheddar cheese (pastuerized milk, hannilase enzyme, salt, cultures), sun dried tomato, sweet potato, red jalapenos pepper, black sesame seed, organic flaxseeds, organic quinoa, organic sunflower seeds, yeast, sea salt, fresh basil, olive oil, garlic
As much as I enjoyed the Pumpkin Seed Cheddar flatbread, due to my recent inability to digest dairy I had an upset stomach the next day. I then planned to not test the Fire-Roasted Crisps, but the ingredients list made me change my mind. Sun-dried tomatoes, sweet potatoes and quinoa are all things I adore, and I couldn’t in good conscience let them go untested.
The first bite reminded me of pizza. It’s been quite a while since I’ve had “real” pizza, but if my memory holds true, Fire-Roasted Crisps taste just like it. The next bite was a bit spicier; not hot by any means, but it had more of a kick to it. Finally, the third bite tasted strongly of sesame seeds. That can be a good or bad thing, depending on your opinion. My mom also thoroughly enjoyed this cracker.
“Rich, buttery organic sunflower seeds blend fantastically with nutty, earthy organic sesame seeds. Organic spelt flour provides a slightly sweeter flavor than usual wheat flour, making this extra crisp cracker especially delicious all by itself or (George says) with peanut and almond butters, jam or marmalade.”
Ingredients: organic spelt flour, filtered water, organic sunflower seeds, organic sesame seeds, organic flaxseeds, organic spelt bran, sea salt, yeast, organic barley malt syrup
George’s description of this cracker above sums it up perfectly. Although its ingredients are nearly identical to those of the Klassic 3-Seed, the use of spelt flour in place of whole wheat flour lends a different flavor. It’s slightly heartier and denser, and it lacks the extra flax seeds on top. This is my second favorite crisp.
“Millet-crunchy and molasses-sweet, our Seedlander Kracker is baked with our specially milled, 100% whole grain organic spelt flour, combined with organic pumpkin seeds, millet, sesame, flax, and poppy seeds. Its sturdy texture and nutty, slightly sweet flavor make it the perfect cracker for cheese and fruit plates and creamy dips and spreads.”
Ingredients: organic whole grain spelt flour, organic pumpkin seeds, organic millet, organic agave syrup, organic sesame seeds, organic spelt bran, organic molasses, organic flaxseeds, organic poppy seeds, yeast, sea salt, organic barley malt syrup
As is the common opinion, the Seedlander crisp was my favorite. I originally fell in love with the number of seeds and grains it boasts, but over time I also detected a slight sweetness that the other krackers did not possess. I shouldn’t have been surprised, considering the Seedlander is the only kracker sweetened with agave or molasses. It’s a small amount, but it really makes the difference. I enjoyed this cracker with nut butter, beans, hummus, and of course straight-up plain.
“Made with a blend of garbanzo bean and spelt flours, these hearty crackers are flavored with lemon peel, garlic, sesame seeds, and just enough coriander to intrigue your palate. Excellent with soft cheeses, fresh fruit, and creamy spreads. (Including, of course, fresh hummus!)”
Ingredients: filtered water, organic whole spelt flour, garbanzo bean flour, organic sesame seeds, organic flaxseeds, organic sunflower seeds, olive oil, black sesame seed, sea salt, organic barley malt syrup, mustard seeds, garlic, yeast, coriander seeds, lemon flavor, garam masala
To be honest, this was the flavor I was the most excited to try. However, if I had to choose a least favorite, this would be it. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it, but I was slightly disappointed. While the crisp itself was yummy, it didn’t really taste like hummus and was hugely overpowered by the sesame seeds.
After a taste comparison with the other flavors, the hummus taste was more pronounced. However, I still had to look for it and it wasn’t quite as accurate as I had hoped.
“Chopped dried apple, toasted whole oats, and crunchy flax and sesame seeds. A sprinkling of natural cane sugar just before baking gives these spelt crackers an engaging caramelized finish.”
Ingredients: organic whole spelt flour, filtered water, cane sugar, butter, organic flaxseeds, dried apple, brown sugar, whole oats, organic sesame seeds, yeast, sea salt, organic barley malt syrup, vanilla
These crackers were thinner and easier to break than the others. They were light and crispy, but I couldn’t really taste the apples. The butter flavor was very pronounced and the oats/seeds on top added a nice touch.
My mom, however, disagreed with me on the apples. She thought this crisp tasted a lot like apple pie in cracker form. She really enjoyed them.
“Plump sour cherries, golden semolina flour and toasted sesame seeds. The delicious contrast of dark/light, chewy/crisp, and toasty/sweet makes these crackers endlessly (and irresistibly!) versatile.”
Ingredients: filtered water, organic whole wheat flour, semolina flour, durrum flour, cane sugar, organic sesame seeds, dried cherries, organic flaxseeds, olive oil, yeast, sea salt, organic barley malt syrup, fennel powder
These were my third favorite. I absolutely loved the tart cherries and the crisp, buttery-smooth (not my favorite definition, but it’s the most accurate) taste of the cracker.
I paired them with Gena’s Lemon Cherry Cashew Cheese and it was incredible. The flavors were perfect together and it was very enjoyable. 🙂 I also had them with hummus, yellow peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes below.
I honestly cannot say enough good things about these crackers. They have been so wonderful to have and I would buy them in a heartbeat. To find a list of local retailers, go here. I really would recommend picking these up the next time you have the opportunity, but three of you will get the chance to try them for free!
Dr. Kracker has graciously offered to sponsor a giveaway on my blog: three readers will receive two boxes of Dr. Kracker flavors.
You can enter up to 4 times. How to enter:
- Mandatory entry: UPDATED- Leave a comment telling me how YOU would eat the Dr. Kracker crackers.
- Link to this giveaway in a blog post and leave a comment telling me you did.
- Add me to your Google Reader/blog roll (or both, if you like!) and leave a comment letting me know you did OR follow me on Twitter and tweet this “Hey, @kelzfosho is giving away @doctorkracker crackers! #DoctorKracker click here to enter. http://wp.me/pPq2v-iL“
- Answer this trivia question: How many grams of fiber in a one ounce serving of Dr. Kracker’s Klassic 3-Seed or Seedlander Snacker Kracker? The answer can be found here.
- Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your responses to 1 & 4.
- You could also post the contest link to Facebook, if you have one, and email me to let me know you did.
- If you don’t have a Facebook, feel free to tell 3 people about my blog, then leave a comment letting me know you did.