These crackers have been staring me in the face for the last couple of weeks in my local Co-op, filling me with curiosity, particularly because this artisan range were reduced to 75p each. If you can find them, then great, they are totally worth trying as they’re normally £2.59 per pack, which admittedly, feels incredibly expensive for just a cracker.
However, they are good samplers for my first try and already and unexpectedly love the Charcoal Hearts. Already I think they are the perfect match for my homemade Christmas Apple chutneys I make every year as part of hampers I personally create and give to family and friends. They would be the great crowd pleaser when you have guests round that you want to impress, but for an every day cracker, then no, these I feel are for truly special occasions.
They were the perfect appetiser with triangle of cheese teamed with the last scrapings of my Classic Apple Chutney and personally, I think it’s best to use your own batch to compliment your creations instead of a store jar.
They are wrapped in, stored in a little card basket, which again, if serving guests at a more casual occasion, does not offend the eye as the logo and print on the packaging is still elegant and slightly rustic.
Out of the two, my winner were the charcoal variety. They’re adorable heart shapes and a deep fibre taste yet incredibly subtle and not bitter. Its earthy crunchy bite marries well with a soft cheese spread and its held back flavours allows the cheese to stand out and as you chew, you work the fibre giving it a sweet edge. They were definitely the no brainer here.
As for the crunch and rustic fruit & nut crackers, they were disappointingly less interesting. I feel these would be better with jam as could barely taste them with a cheese topping, but it still definitely beats the classic cracker, but in terms of price, then I think I’d rather opt for one of Tesco’s oaty crackers.
Thomas J Fudge of Fudge’s Bakery, Dorset, have recently launched more varieties, so keep a look out in your local Waitrose. I know my local one only stocks these and their Marmite range, so you may want to check out their full range and gift sets are also available.
So to conclude, I may very well buy more cheaper ones (if they’re still available after I’ve finished these), but their range will definitely be the first choice when making my Christmas hamper sets for that extra special touch. I will post some chutney recipes closer to the time, but give you enough time to mature to be the most delicious gift!
Tastefully Vikkie x