Honestly, I was a little surprised by how popular Mary’s Gone Crackers Snacks became in such a short time span.
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to meet the legendary Mary. With her success in business, I was expecting a quick and formal introduction with a conservative business person, but the woman that I met was at ease and friendly, with a beautiful smile from ear to ear. Nonetheless, she was busy, so there wasn’t a lot of chatting. Fortunately, her assistant filled me in on the various Mary’s Gone Crackers organic products, and was quick to state that her favorites were the Sticks & Twigs (now called Pretzels).
Mary’s Gone Crackers Snacks: Organic Pretzels
These hearty, crunchy, cracker-like tubes are like a throwback to the early days of vegan “granola” food. While the natural food industry is spending billions to create “healthy” imitations of guilty foods, Mary is embracing the flavors and textures of gluten-free ancient grains and seeds (brown rice, quinoa, millet, amaranth, flax, etc.). The Pretzels are oddly-shaped and mismatched with an all-natural, handcrafted haphazard appeal. We sampled the following flavors of Marys Gone Crackers Pretzels:
Sea Salt – A pleasant savory taste, seasoned only with sea salt and gluten-free tamari (soy sauce).
Curry – The fragrant curry flavor and scent is ever-present and a unique pairing with the whole grains. At first this intriguing combo tasted slightly odd to me, but the warm spice gradually became an addiction.
Chipotle Tomato – In a way, this variety was similar to the curry, a warm and flavorful spice that faded into a mild and addictive heat. It did, however, have what I would call a deeper flavor with more contrasting notes … good, but I liked the Curry better.
Everything – Added to the line-up in mid-2014 this is probably the earthiest of the bunch with tons of textural interest. In addition to the flax, chia, sesame, and poppy join the seed line up. The taste is perfectly salted, has an underlying buttery flavor, and is rich with garlic, onion, and herbs. These were amazing to have by my desk – the bag lasted a week and handfuls of the pretzels kept me from reaching for chocolate instead!
To note, the Marys Gone Crackers Pretzels have (may vary by flavor) 0g sugars, 4g protein, 5g fat (naturally occurring, no oil), and 3.5g of fiber per 150 calorie serving.
Mary’s Gone Crackers Snacks: Organic Round Crackers
Though I agree that the Pretzels are really good, this review wouldn’t be complete without trialing the signature line of Mary’s Gone Crackers. I sampled five of their simple flavors: Original Seed, Black Pepper, Herb, Caraway, and Onion. The varieties are quite similar, differing only in the title ingredient, so I won’t bore you with tasting notes. I enjoyed them all, except for the Caraway, but I’m simply not a caraway fan. If you have rye-loving taste buds, then that one is for you.
I absolutely loved the shape and durability of the Crackers. They have similar ingredients, and thus a similar overall flavor, to the Pretzels, but are round flat crisps. So, so perfect for dips! They even have a little tiny rim to help keep some extra dip goodness on the crackers. Like the Pretzels, the Marys Gone Crackers have a super crunch, and a seedy whole grain flavor that is neutral enough to pair with a wide selection of savory dips, including hummus, salsa, guacamole, bean dip, or a creamy dairy-free blend.
Certifications: At last check, all of the Mary’s Gone Crackers snacks were certified vegan, certified gluten-free, certified organic, non-GMO verified, certified kosher OU parve, and even have the Whole Grain Council stamp of approval.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Mary’s Gone Crackers snacks are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Mary’s Gone Crackers website at www.marysgonecrackers.com.