New in the Market: Triscuit Thin Crisps and Chavrie Cheese Logs and Crumbles

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on July 14, 2014 · 0 comments

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

Crackers and cheese are a natural combination. Both of these new brand extensions are worth a try.

Triscuit_Brownrice_300 Triscuit crackers have been around for more than 100 years. In March, 2014 the brand launched. Brown Rice Triscuit Thin Crisps available in 3 flavors: Cinnamon Sugar, Sour Cream & Chive, and Wasabi & Soy Sauce. The flavors are true to their name and all are kosher certified (OU).

Our 4-year old taster like the Cinnamon Sugar variety best which offers a low sugar (3 grams), low sodium snack with a good source of fiber.

The nutrition profile for each is similar – 130 calories for 10 crisps. The sodium values do vary: Cinnamon Sugar, 40 milligrams; Sour Cream & Chive, 150 milligrams and Wasabi & Soy Sauce, 180 milligrams. The crisps are based in brown rice and white wheat flour, so they are not gluten free.

Chavrie goat cheese, introduced into the US in 1989, produces cheese from milk sourced from Amish farmers in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In May Chavrie introduced four new products.

Goat Cheese Log with Cranberries and Candied Orange Peel provides a charming combination of tart-sweet and creamy. It was our favorite. A 1-ounce serving (1/4 of the log) has 80 calories, 5 grams of fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 4 grams of protein, 6 grams of carb (4 grams of which are sugar and no fiber) and 90 milligrams of sodium. Chavrie_CranOrgCrumbled-300

Goat Cheese Log with Thyme and Zesty Lemon has a savory flavor and is excellent lightly warmed on crackers. We also used it as a flavor surprise in a sandwich. A 1-ounce serving (1/4 of the log) has 80 calories, 6 grams of fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 5 grams of protein, 2 grams of carb (1 gram of which is sugar and no fiber) and 110 milligrams of sodium.

To top salads or to mix with a cold bean salad, Crumbled Goat Cheese with Cranberries, Candied Orange Peel & Pumpkin Seeds (90 calories in ¼ cup) or Thyme, Candied Lemon, Apricots & Pumpkin Seeds (80 calories in ¼ cup) both provide a different but equally excellent flavor boost. The pumpkin seeds introduce a nice crunch.

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