March 30, 2006

Kashi TLC All Natural Snack Crackers Original 7 Grain

My quest to find an all-natural snack cracker that actually tastes good has been akin to what someone tracking Big Foot must feel: after searching for so long, you begin to doubt that what you seek actually exists. I've given a number of all natural crackers a try over the past few years, and have never bought more than one box. Each one I've tried has tasted like stale cardboard. But I've now found cracker nirvana: Kashi's TLC (Tasty Little Crackers).

I love these things. The first time I tried them, I was eating them at a family gathering and didn't know what they were. I had to track down my mother-in-law to ask where she got these delicious crackers. Now they're a regular staple in my home.

What makes them so good, in my opinion, is that they taste so hearty. Kashi's foods revolve around their blend of seven whole grains and sesame which forms the basis of most of their products. The blend includes hard red winter wheat, buckwheat, oats, long grain brown rice, rye, triticale, barley, and sesame. The sodium content is quite low compared to other crackers (160 mg for 15 crackers--the crackers are snack size). But there's so much taste due to the whole grains that you won't miss the salt. The crackers are also pleasantly crunchy with the slightly sweet taste typical of whole grain products.

TLC crackers are a good match for hearty cheeses and peanut butter. Don't pair them with anything delicate like smoked salmon. Kashi also has several other varieties of TLC crackers: Natural ranch, Honey Sesame and Country cheddar cheese. I was somewhat disappointed in the cheese flavor--they don't have the same hearty texture and were rather tasteless.

About Kashi: The San Diego-based company was founded in 1983, launching with a "breakfast pilaf." Their products revolve around their 7 whole grains and sesame blends. Products include a wide variety of cereals (including some organic varieties), their Go Lean bars, shakes and waffles to aid with weight control, and granola bars. They were bought by the Kellogg Company in 2000, but don't try to find that fact on their web site as it is NOWHERE to be found. Personally this really annoys me. I don't like it when natural and/or organic food companies owned by large conglomerates try to portray themselves as plucky little operations run by a bunch of birkenstock-wearing hippies. There's something very disingenuous about this. I'll still eat their crackers though! 'cause they really are that good.

Kashi TLC All Natural Snack Crackers Original 7 Grain Ingredients: Unbleached wheat flour, Kashi 7 whole grains and sesame flour (whole: oats, hard red winter wheat, rye, long grain brown rice, triticale, barley, buckwheat, sesame seeds), evaporated cane juice, toasted whole wheat, expeller pressed sunflower and/or canola oil, rye, toasted sesame seeds, wheat bran, whey, honey, natural leavenings (potassium bicarbonate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, monocalcium phosphate), barley, whole oats, stone ground whole wheat, malt extract, sea salt, yellow cornmeal, millet, onion powder, horseradish powder, rice flour, mixed tocopherols (natural vitamin E). Contains wheat and milk ingredients.

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