Calling all snackers: Am I alone in my deep love for Better Cheddars? Anyone even remember these round, cheesy, crunchy crackers? Better yet, do they even still sell these at the stores anymore??? I could really go for Vegan Better Cheddars right now.

I posed the question on Facebook last night, “What was your favorite childhood snack growing up?” and I got a big kick out of some of the answers:

Bugles.

HoHo’s.

Cheetos.

Cheez-Its.

Oatmeal Pies.

Zingers.

Doritos.

Chocolate Pies.

But no Better Cheddars.

So I thought that I would have to do justice for these crackers

and spread the Better Cheddar gospel.

Think Cheez-Its but better (hence the name of the crackers).

Well, I’m not sure if I can say they were better, really.

It depended on my mood actually,

but what I did love most about Better Cheddars

was that crispy, burnt flavor that it had.

And coming from the girl who loves her food a little on the burnt side,

it was natural why I would gravitate towards them.

Better than Better Cheddars Recipe

gluten-free, vegan

Make approx 50 round crackers

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 c. Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. Daiya cheeze, cheddar flavor
  • 2 Tbs Earth Balance, softened
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tb ice water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In an electric mixer, combine butter and cheeze together until fully incorporated.
  3. Add flour, paprika, and salt into cheeze mixture. Combined with a wooden spoon until dough forms. Add ice water. This is make the dough form into a ball.
  4. Roll dough into a thin, thin layer between 2 pieces of wax paper. The thinner the better, really, because the crunchier they will be. Using a 1 1/2″-2″ round cookie cutter, cut out dough.
  5. Using a skewer, flat side, make 6 holes around the outer circle and 1 hole in the middle. Transfer to a cookie sheet and lightly sprinkle with salt.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges.

It’s been years since I have had a Better Cheddar

but the homemade version,

especially the particularly thinner crackers,

packed that same cheezy, burnt crunch that I remembered so fondly.

So if you haven’t already answered the question (or if you have more to add)

I’d love to hear your answer to:

What are some of your favorite childhood snacks?

OH, AND BEFORE I FORGET!

REMEMBER THAT SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT I HAD FOR YOU???

YEAH, YOU HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER DAY FOR IT…