Friday, August 19, 2011

Mary's Gone Crackers - Crackers and Sticks & Twigs

I first discovered Mary's Gone Crackers at a trade show. I went by their booth and they were handing out samples of their crackers...and that is where the saga begins. Upon first bite, I didn't really care for them so I didn't really think about them after that. Then, about a year ago, I saw them at a wine and food show and realized they were trying really hard to get their name out there. I went up to their booth to try a sample of both their crackers and pretzel sticks and this time, I really liked them!  Maybe I am just more open-minded now, but I loved the flavors and the textures of their products. I took a bunch of sample bags home and got hooked.
At the time I discovered this brand, I had been snacking on pretzels [made with white flour] each day thinking they were super healthy because they were a low fat snack. Then, I realized that I was really consuming refined white flour, which is high on the glycemic index and contains minimal nutrition, fiber, and vitamins. I decided to eliminate products from my diet that contained white starches such as pretzels and white bread. And, so my love affair with Mary's products had begun.

I have been eating their crackers every day for months now and feel so much better than when I was eating pretzels. The crackers are made of short grain brown rice, whole quinoa, brown flax seeds, brown sesame seeds, sea salt and tamari -- all good-for-you stuff. The crackers come in original, onion, caraway, black pepper, and herb flavors.

I also love their Sticks & Twigs, which are these pretzel-like sticks that are unbelievably good! The Sticks & Twigs contain the same ingredients as the crackers with the addition of amaranth and chia seeds. They are super super crunchy and bursting with flavor!  The Sticks & Twigs come in sea salt, curry, and chipotle tomato flavors.

Here you can see the texture of the pretzel sticks.
My favorite flavors are the most flavorful ones. The curry and the tomato chipotle Sticks & Twigs are delicious. The chipotle tomato ones are tomatoey (is that a word?), but they also pack a spicy punch. Of all the crackers, I really like the herb flavor -- it has a lot of rosemary in it, which I love!  I also like the onion flavor of the crackers, but beware!, they are very oniony! I made the mistake of eating these at work when a coworker came in to my office -- I had to turn my head to talk to him.  But, no matter which flavor you try, you really can't go wrong.

The reason Mary's Gone Crackers' products taste different is because they are all gluten-free. Gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related species.  In baking, it gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and to keep its shape. So, a cracker that is gluten-free will taste different from a cracker with gluten, but that is not a bad thing. Mary's is catering to those with gluten sensitivities and in the process has made some delicious products.

And the best part about Mary's Gone Crackers is that they are all about "conscious eating," which, to them, means being aware of how food impacts the mind, body, and the planet. They are gluten-free, organic, vegan, and use non-GMO whole food ingredients that are minimally refined.

So, what's not to love?! Go get yourself some Mary's Gone Crackers crackers or pretzel sticks today! I've been able to find the crackers at Whole Foods nationwide, but, unfortunately, the Sticks & Twigs are not as easy to find. I finally just ordered a bunch of bags off of Amazon. Yes, Amazon sells everything including food. Now, I know. And, it is cheaper to buy these through Amazon than it is to buy them in your local grocery store.  To order your own, click the following link: Mary's Gone Crackers products and get crackin'!


  1. I have yet to try Sticks & Twigs, but I really love the black pepper crackers. Might just have to give the other product a chance. :)

  2. If you love the crackers, then you'll love the Sticks and Twigs too! They are very similar. Let me know if you try them!