The Guilty Pleasure: Ritz Fudge Covered Crackers
Where to Get It: Grocery Stores
Price: $4.29 (although it looks like prices vary by store)
What it Really Costs: The sadness that you’ll have to wait 10 months for them to return again.
Every year, Nabisco plays the same trick. “We’ll bring the best flavor combination known to mankind (salt and chocolate) back for a couple months, and then we’ll take them off the shelves until next year!.”
It’s the most devious trick in the snack world, because unlike the McRib (which spends long enough on fast food menus for people to get sick of it by the time it leaves), we’re never ready for fudge season to be over.
The best comparison we can make for our feelings on Ritz Fudge Covered Crackers is to HBO’s hit show, Game of Thrones. See, all Game of Thrones fans knows that we'll get just over two months of weekly dragon/political/nudity/violence fixes before being cut off just at the peak of our addiction, and Ritz Fudge Covered Crackers do the same thing.
Although we really shouldn’t have to explain what makes a fudge-covered Ritz so magical, there are a couple of important factors to point out.
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Probably our favorite thing about these dessert cracker gems is that they don’t mess with the cracker at all. Far too many companies would attempt to make the cracker itself chocolatey, but Ritz knows what they’re doing in the cracker game. If anything, they might use a touch less salt, but everything is still similar enough that you know undeniably what’s in your mouth upon biting in.
Considering you probably know all about the buttery, salty, crunchy goodness of a Ritz cracker, let’s move on to the chocolate. It’s exactly dark enough to prevent it from becoming too sweet, without even a hint of the bitterness that can leave your tongue feeling chalky when eating a lot of dark chocolate. It helps that Nabisco covers the entire thing in a substantial amount of the candy, so there’s roughly twice as much chocolate as cracker, which proves to be the perfect balance.
In short, if you took one of those fancy organic sea salt chocolate bars from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods (or wherever else you overpay for them) and turned it into a crunchy cookie-cracker hybrid in its perfect form, you’d get the Ritz Fudge Covered Crackers.
Much like Game of Thrones fans waiting to see whether or not Jon Snow is dead (even though we're pretty sure he's not...right?), the rest of us will be left to wonder for 10 months if Nabisco will grace us with more boxes of crisp salty dark chocolate deliciousness next year. They’re only around through the holidays, so move fast and stock your pantry with them to brace yourself, winter… er, waiting is coming.