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December 29, 2014

Roots and Branches Artisan Crackers

by Anne Paddock

Simple, pure & delicious….

Three crackers ruled the grocery aisle in the 1960’s and early 1970’s: the Saltine, the Triscuit, and the Ritz. In the mid-1970’s, the Wheat Thin burst onto the market (how could we forget those Sandy Duncan commercials?) and forever changed the cracker industry. All of a sudden, crackers had savory flavors and boasted of fiber content with unrecognizable ingredients and loads of sodium.  But, crackers – like most things – have come full circle with the reemergence of simple crackers made with wholesome ingredients that most of us have in our pantry.

Roots_&_Branches CrackersRoots & Branches is an Ashville, North Carolina based company that makes delicious crackers with wholesome and natural ingredients including unbleached wheat flour, semolina flour, water, salt, and olive oil, which lends a delicate flavor to the small, flat, and crisp cracker known as the Olive Oil Cracker. The company also uses sesame seeds, onion, herbs, and spices (basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, rosemary, pepper, and garlic) to make four types of savory crackers: Black Pepper & Olive Oil, Sesame Seed & Olive Oil, Rosemary & Olive Oil, and Herb Garden.roots_and_branches

The crackers are made and packaged by hand (click here to watch a video of the baking process) and sold at retailers across the country (see the company website for a list of locations by state) and on-line at Each box is about $7. The company’s on-line store offers a four ($28), six ($40.50), and twelve  ($78) package box (tax and shipping is included).crackers_roots_and_branches_assorted_murrays_cheese_pic_large

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