At Food Matters Live 2017, I met some representatives for Peckish who very kindly provided me with some of their products to try and review. As a person who is allergic to both gluten and potato, crisps and crackers aren’t products I usually have the luxury of trying, so I was excited by the prospect of having a new on the go snack.
Peckish rice crackers are somewhere in between a crisp and a cracker, they are light and airy and don’t have the typical cracker trait of being dehydrating. They are a great alternative to crisps if you are unable to have them or choose not to, being the closest I have found in both flavour and texture. They are available in all supermarkets and can be easily found on social media.
They gave me three different flavours of their rice crackers to try and I shall review them in order of my preference:
1) Sea Salt and Vinegar
When I could have crisps, salt and vinegar was one of my favourite flavours (with the slightly duller option of ready salted being my first choice), automatically this gave these rice crackers the advantage. After not being able to have any similarly flavoured snack for years, this packet was a welcomed treat. Although they have quite a strong salt and vinegar flavour, they also have the aftertaste of a rice cracker which although is light and tasty, reminds you that you have chosen the healthier snack.
Rice Flour (85%), Rice Bran Oil (10%), Maltodextrin, Sea Salt (1.7%), Vinegar Powder (1.1%), Flavour Enhancers (E627, E631), Antioxidant (E307)
Free From: Gluten
May Contain: Milk, Soya
2) Tangy Barbecue
Barbecue is a flavour I would usually avoid, unless it involves fajitas, when it comes to snacks I usually find barbecue to be too strong a flavour for me. However, these crackers have a light barbecue flavour and make for a delicious lunchtime extra. There is a light coating of flavour dusted on top of the crackers, which can result in barbecue dusted fingers, so there’s no denying you’ve been snacking in your spare time.
Rice Flour (85%), Rice Bran Oil (10%), Salt, Barbecue Seasoning (3%) (Soy Sauce Powder (Maltodextrin, Soya Bean Oil, Salt), Ginger Powder, Acid (E330), Flavour Enhancers (E627, E631)), Antioxidant (E307)
Free From: Gluten
May Contain: Milk
3) Sour Cream and Chive
Sour cream is another flavour that I would generally avoid, but again Peckish has created delicious rice crackers out of a flavour I wouldn’t usually appreciate. These crackers are the lightest in flavour, with the flavour of the rice cracker also being the least prominent, instead the aftertaste is of sour cream and chive, this may make this flavour the most preferable to those who want to avoid the rice cracker taste.
Due to the flavouring of these crackers however, milk is a featuring ingredient, as I do have issues with milk and can only tolerate a small amount every now and then, these crackers wouldn’t be my first choice.
Rice Flour (85%), Rice Bran Oil (10%), Sour Cream and Chive Flavouring (Cheese Powder (1.5%) (Cheddar Cheese (Milk), Salt), Onion Powder (1.5%), Sugar, Flavour Enhancers (E627, E631), Acid (E270), Salt), Antioxidant (E307)
Free From: Gluten
May Contain: Soya
I really enjoyed tasting these products and shall now be on the look out to buy some more, I think Peckish makes wonderful free from and vegan (excluding the sour cream and chive flavour) rice crackers. I love discovering new allergy friendly products, as sometimes meals can get repetitive and as much as I love finding sweet products, I do struggle to find savoury snacks I can eat and enjoy. As a result of this, I am a big fan of Peckish’s creations and although they are products that could be overlooked if you have an abundance of savoury snacks, I believe they aren’t spoken about enough.