The best gluten-free crackers in Gainesville

When I became gluten-free one of the foods that I missed the most was crackers.  So, for this post I decided to test a variety of gluten-free crackers. In this post I will look at each type of crackers and rate them based on a set list of categories.  Then I will add up the total points and the brand with the most points wins.  All of the crackers that I tried I found at Publix in the Greenwise section.  The three crackers that I chose are; Blue Diamond Natural’s Pecan Nut-Thins, Mary’s Gone Crackers’ herb crackers, and Glutino’s original gluten-free crackers.

The first brand I am going to look at are Blue Diamond Natural’s Pecan Nut-Thins. For taste I am giving them a four out of 10.  Initially they are very salty, but after you get past the salty taste there isn’t much flavor to them.  For texture I gave them a three out of 10.  They are very light and crispy like rice crackers, and they do not have the same denseness that a traditional cracker would have, which makes them a little bit disappointing. For price I gave these crackers a 10 out of 10.  At $2.99 per box not only are they inexpensive for gluten free food, but they are also inexpensive compared to most regular crackers.  These crackers also get a 10 out of 10 for availability. They are easy to locate at almost all of the Publixes in town, and they also come in a variety of flavors. Overall I give them a 27 out of 40.  These crackers are okay, however I don’t think they are the best substitute for a traditional cracker.

My next crackers are Mary’s Gone Crackers’ herb crackers, and for taste I gave them a two out of 10.  They are very earthy and a little bit bitter.  I gave them a three out of 10 for texture, and for the same reasons as the previous crackers.  They have a light crispy texture that is not exactly what one expects when they bite into a cracker.  For price I gave them a five out of 10.  At $4.69 per box they are expensive compared to regular crackers, but they aren’t really overpriced for gluten-free food.  For availability they get a six because although they are also easy to find a Publix, they do not have many varieties. Overall they get a 16 out of 40, simply because they are not what one would expect from a traditional cracker.

My final crackers are Glutino’s original gluten-free crackers.  For taste I gave these crackers an eight out of 10. They are slightly bland, but over all they have a buttery taste that reminds me of the crackers I used to love. For texture they get a 10 out of 10. They have a nice crunchy texture, and they have the density of traditional table crackers. When it comes to price these crackers were the most expensive at $4.99 per box, so they get a four out of 10.  They were easy to find at Publix, but I could only find two flavors, so I gave them an eight out of 10 for availability. Overall these crackers were by far my favorite, despite the price tag. They scored a total of 31 out of 40 points, and frankly it’s because they taste like real crackers.  And I know for me when I really want cheese and crackers I want it to taste like the crackers I grew up eating.

So in first place with 31 points are Glutino’s original gluten-free crackers. In second place with 27 points are Blue Diamond Natural’s Pecan Nut-thins. And last but not least are Mary’s Gone Crackers’ herb crackers.