Product Review: Craize Corn Crackers
Posted on March 30, 2021 Posted by Athena Scalzi 9 Comments
Last week, I was advertised a snack food on Facebook while hungry, and inevitably bought it. The tempting snack I am referring to is called “Craize“, a company that sells flavored toasted corn crackers. The company boasts that they are better and healthier alternatives to tortilla chips. They have seven flavors as of right now: coconut, plantain, sweet corn, seeded, everything, guava, and roasted corn. I couldn’t decide which to try so I bought the variety pack, and my parents and I tried them all.
Before we get into the review of how each flavor tastes and everything, let’s go over some of the facts. Craize crackers are vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and non-GMO. Also, their factory is allergen friendly, so they’re dairy-free, eggs-free, crustaceans/shellfish/fish-free, wheat-free, soy-free, and tree-nut-free (minus coconuts). On top of all this, they claim they taste good, so that’s a lot of hype! Does it live up to said hype, though?
Here’s what the actual crackers themselves look like, I arranged them in the same order as the bags in the top photo.
(From left to right: plantain, seeded, everything, coconut, sweet corn, guava, roasted corn)
Side note, the crackers look a bit darker in the photo than in real life. It’s not too drastic, but it is a tad different than their colors in person.
To start off, we tried the coconut ones. They smelled just like toasted coconut, and were very thin and light, which made for a great crispy bite. They actually tasted super good! I thought they’d be like, just fine, but they were better than I expected them to be. They’re so crispy and perfectly flavored, not too strong and overwhelming and definitely not too subtle. A great start to our tasting voyage.
Next up was roasted corn. This one immediately felt different to me when I held it in my hand. It felt almost like, too smooth? Kind of papery? Like something fake. These ones were thicker than the coconut ones, so they didn’t have that same crispy bite, and they were a little more dry than their predecessors. To me, it just tasted like unsalted/unbuttered popcorn. Very plain, but not bad or anything. It would be a perfect base to dip into things or put things on top of it for an hors d’oeuvres.
After that we tried the plantain flavor. I’ve only had plantains a few times in my life, and every time they taste pretty banana-y to me (which makes sense since they’re pretty closely related), but these crackers tasted especially banana-esque to me. But not in an artificial banana Laffy-Taffy way, these tasted very close to a slightly overripe banana, like the kind you’re about to turn into banana bread. Actually, they taste a lot like dried banana chips. Overall, they were pretty good. I’m not sure what would be a good topper/dipper for this flavor though.
Following the plantain flavor, we tried the everything flavor. I assume it means everything like an everything bagel, and I’m pretty sure I was right in my assumption because they tasted very oniony and very much like poppy seeds. My dad said he doesn’t understand why someone wouldn’t just eat an everything bagel since they pretty much taste the same, but I said it would be a great option for someone who is watching calories or doesn’t eat gluten. Plus, whatever toppings you would normally put on the bagel, you could just put on the cracker! This flavor was pretty okay, but fair warning it is rather strongly onion flavored.
Next, we tried the sweet corn. We all agreed it tasted exactly like creamed corn. So if that’s a flavor you like, you’d probably really like these crackers! I thought it was spot on to a sweeter version of corn, and it was definitely way tastier than the roasted corn. Not much to say about these ones other than that they were pretty good!
Guava was next in the queue. These ones had the same thinness and perfect crispiness as the coconut ones, which is fantastic, because none of the others so far had quite held up to that same bar that the coconut flavor set. The guava flavor was exactly that, perfectly guava-y! Again, not too powerful, not too subtle. I honestly really like guava, but my mom wasn’t such a big fan. If you like dried guava, like in those tropical mixes at the store with the dried pineapple and mango and whatnot, then I bet you’d like these! Again, kind of a hard flavor to think of what to put on top of it or dip it in.
Finally, we tried the seeded flavor. This cracker tasted just like sesame, probably because it’s packed with sesame seeds. They definitely did not skimp on the seeds, it’s chock-full of them! I’m pretty indifferent to this one. I like sesame perfectly fine. In fact, I love sesame balls with red bean filling and sesame chicken, so I think it’s a pretty great flavor, but this cracker was a little meh for me. Not that it was bad, I just think there were better ones in this line up.
So, after tasting them all, we each came up with a list of our favorite to least favorite flavor.
My dad’s: coconut, sweet corn, everything, guava, roasted corn, seeded, plantain
My mom’s: coconut, sweet corn, seeded, roasted corn, guava, everything, plantain
Mine: coconut, guava, sweet corn, plantain, everything, seeded, roasted corn
Obviously, coconut is the superior flavor. Sweet corn is also very highly ranked. I’m a little sad I seem to be the only one that really liked the plantain and guava, but that’s okay. Someone’s gotta eat the rest of the roasted corn flavor and it sure ain’t gonna be me.
The roasted corn was my least favorite not just because of taste but because it had the worst texture. Though coconut and guava had a vastly superior texture, none of the others were even close to as funky feeling as the roasted corn one. Again, I think that’s just a me thing, since my parents didn’t have the same complaint.
Interesting thing about the thinness of the coconut and guava, though, is that they’re more prone to breakage, whereas the thicker roasted corn, everything, and seeded flavors were much more durable. If you noticed in the picture of all the chips in a line, the guava one is broken. That’s because there wasn’t a single whole one in the entire bag.
Here is the guava.
Here is the roasted corn.
Considering the packaging shows each cracker as a full circle with toppings on it, it’s kind of a problem that all the guava ones and most of the coconut ones were broken. So if you wanted to serve them as a snack like shown on the packaging, it wouldn’t exactly work out.
So, that’s something to consider.
Overall, I think these crackers were pretty great! Or at least, I’m glad I bought them and tried them. The variety pack was only twenty dollars, and every order gets free shipping (though they only ship in the US). I would definitely recommend this cracker company, or at least giving them a try for yourself.
If you’ve tried any of these flavors before, let me know your thoughts on them! If you have any other cool snack recommendations I should check out, leave a comment! And have a great day.
Sounds yummy! I can’t wait for my order to arrive!
What does “non-GMO” even mean when applied to corn products? Is there a single ag product whose genome we have messed with any more than corn? Does “we didn’t use the techniques of the last 15 years to mess with its genome” mean anything at all for the crop?
How about an idea on calories, fat, and fiber content.
They might use “heirloom” corn varieties to avoid gmo.
My particular weakness is crackers. I open the box and I may stop eating once the box is empty, and then again I might open another box. I am the cracker assassin.
I like that these are vegan, as so many crackers rely on cheese, and the base of corn is novel enough to pique my tastebuds. Thanks for the introduction! I’m always open to new cracker experiences.
The guava ones might taste with a bit of cheese on them, like Cheddar or Manchego. Both of those cheeses taste good with guava jam. Have you tried “Mary’s Gone Crackers” or the RW Garcia lentil turmeric crackers?
I love your reviews! Keep them coming!
Plantain goes well with satay sauce and sambal. Fried plantain is served as street food in Surinam. Probably a bit weird for North Americans.
I’m not normally into flavored crackers, except flavored with seed. But the coconut sounds tasty. I wonder if the guava and plantain might taste good with chutney or something.
Texture is a big deal for me in food, so I’m glad you remark on the texture or each one.
Keep the food reviews coming! These are great. If you ever decide to become a full time food critic, I will be a faithful reader.
On “fake” banana flavor, I’ve learned that fake banana flavor actually tastes like Gros Michel bananas that used to be what were grown and sold everywhere, before disease wiped them out. The current Cavendish bananas are smaller, and less flavorful. Cavendish are currently threatened with similar disease, and so our “standard” bananas may change again. It’s one of the downfalls of growing a monoculture where an entire worldwide crop is genetic clones of the same plant.