With holiday parties looming on the horizon, I've had killer apps and hors d'oeuvres in the back of my mind. Since no party is complete without a meat, cheese, and crackers platter, it's only appropriate that Nabisco has come out with a new variety of Ritz cracker, Brown Sugar Cinnamon, that's sure to be popular come Christmastime. Ritz crackers were an after-school pastime for me growing up, so I couldn't wait to try the new flavor. Did it live up to its highly-regarded name? Find out when you read more.
If the original Ritz cracker and a cinnamon graham cracker had a baby, it would be the Brown Sugar Cinnamon cracker. Like a graham, these crackers are visibly sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon on one side only, and possess the same delicate, airy texture of a conventional Ritz round. While these crackers aren't as sweet or cinnamon-y, they still have a distinct cinnamon flavor.
If you're not a fan of the spice, you probably won't like these crackers, either. What they're missing is the salty, buttery, rich quality that the Ritz is known for — in my opinion, the best part of a Ritz cracker. In the end, this newfangled snack isn't decisive enough for me. I wished it took more of a sweet-salty-spicy stand, or simply stood alone as a plain Ritz cracker; that would make the flavor more worthwhile.
It could, however, be a quick way to add flair to a cheese plate. One could also get creative in topping it with a sweet apple filling, crumbling it on top of it a pear crisp, or crushing it to fashion a super-light graham cracker-type crust. Have you ever tried these crackers? What did you think of them?