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Hit-Or-Miss

Here’s Why This Single Cracker Is Worth Over $22,000

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Usually, a single cracker goes for no more than a few cents. You can buy them in boxes at the dollar store. However, one specific cracker has been auctioned off for 15,000 pounds:  $22,965 USD.

What makes the Spillers & Bakers Pilot cracker so special was that it was saved from lifeboat of the famous TITANIC. Y’know, the British passenger liner that famously sank in 1912.

James Fenwick was a passenger on the Carpathia, the cruise liner that picked up Titanic survivors. He found the cracker on a life boat and tossed it in an envelope for safekeeping.

Fast forward more than a century later and the cracker, also known as a biscuit, was purchased by a Greek collector.

Seems like a pretty hefty sum to drop on a snack. It’s all in the name of history, right?

Photo: BBC, Henry Aldridge & Son

 

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Cravings

REAL: Cheddar Bacon Goldfish

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Goldfish crackers have been a lunchbox staple for years, although Pepperidge Farm has been amping up their products lately. The brand most recently rolled out a new french toast flavor and even went as far as Goldfish cracker-flavored mac & cheese. But finally, they’re hopping on the bacon train with their Cheddar Bacon Goldfish Puffs.

These baked cheesy snacks have a little extra “puff” to them, making them about twice the size of your standard Goldfish cracker. They’re also a bit more airy then their original compadres, guaranteeing a super satisfying crunchy experience.

Cheddar Bacon Puffs are also gluten-free, so even more fans can snack on this cheesy goodness.

Cheddar Bacon Goldish Puffs, $3.27, 70z @Amazon

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Hit-Or-Miss

Florida Woman Claims This Goldfish is Literally ‘Christ on a Cracker’

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We’ve all had our moments of appreciation for Goldfish cracker’s cheesy goodness, but one woman from Melbourne, Florida has taken Goldfish worship to the next level — by claiming her cracker is a sign from God.

Apparently, Melbourne resident Patti Burke was working her way through a bag of her favorite snacks when she noticed that one of the Goldfish crackers was just a little different, “He had a cross on him, and he had a crown circle up by his head. Something I’ve never seen before out of all the Goldfish I’ve eaten.”

Burke, who eats two to three pounds of Goldfish in an average week, knew that this cracker was special. “I believe it’s a sign, a sign from God,” she told reporters.

Since Goldfish manufacturer Pepperidge Farms has denied deliberately manufacturing the crossed cracker,  Burke’s salty revelation might in fact be proof of divine intervention. We’re a little doubtful that Goldfish would be the Lord’s cracker of choice — Saltines are certainly holier — but hey, we won’t bash anyone’s taste in sacred snack food. We’re just happy that (according to Burke) God loves our favorite cheddar-flavored munchies as much as we do.

H/T + PicThx Florida Today

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Recipes

Supermarket Hack: Homemade Wheat Thins

Wheat Thins are a tasty snack that you’re supposed to feel good about eating. Not that they’re necessarily good for you, but for some reason once you put “wheat” on the box, you get warm-fuzzies inside when you see it. I don’t know if any of you have tried making Cheez-its, but I came to the discovered that anytime that you can take something that you would normally buy in a box and make it yourself, you feel better about eating it.

No more words you can’t pronounce, no more preservatives or artificial flavors. While I tend to go for more… let’s say “decadent” recipes, it’s good to mix it up with a (relatively) healthy one every now and then.

So, my health-conscious friends, this is for you. While I tried to be ultra-healthful by using 100% whole wheat flour, I can’t feel good about recommending you do the same. It made the texture and taste just a little bit off. I would suggest using a mixture of whole-wheat and white flours, which is actually what Nabisco uses (who knew). I would also recommend not rolling them quite as thin as the original recipe requested.

The recipe below will include the original measurements, and my notes if you want to skip that whole “trial-and-error”/”learning-from-your-own-mistakes” business and get straight to the good stuff. Upon reading the box ingredients, I might try these again with a few adjustments… :)

Homemade Wheat Thins

  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour (I recommend a mixture of whole wheat & white)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus extra for topping
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Add the flour, sugar, salt and paprika to a the bowl of a food processor, pulse for a couple seconds. Add butter and pulse until the mixture forms small beads (just a couple seconds).

3. Combine the water and vanilla in a small measuring cup and add to flour mixture. Pulse until dough comes together into a ball. Divide the dough into 4 pieces.

4.  Work with one piece at a time, keeping the others covered with a towel so they don’t dry out (i kept mine under the upside-down food processor bowl). Roll into rectangle on lightful floured surface, lifting and turning to make sure it doesn’t stick. You want to roll the dough as thin as possible (they recommend 1/16″-thick, which I thought was a little too thin).

5. Transfer your rectangle to a sheet of parchment. Use a pizza cutter to cut the rectangle into squares about 1 to 1-1/2 inches wide. You don’t really have to separate them, if you remember from my cheez-its, they will bake just fine if you don’t take the time to separate them. (Although these aren’t going to poof like the cheez-its did)

6. Sprinkle the squares lightly with salt.  Repeat the rolling and cutting process with the remaining 3 pieces of dough.

7. Bake the crackers, one sheet at a time, until crisp and browned, about 5-10 minutes.  If some begin to brown too quickly, feel free to remove them while the rest bake away. They will cook quickly so KEEP AN EYE ON THEM.  Once brown and crisp, transfer to a plate to cool.  Once cooled, store the crackers in an airtight container.

* If they are still warm when you put them in the container they’ll end up gross and soft – so don’t do that.

[ Adapted from KAF ] [ original post ]

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Cravings

CRAVING: Saltine Toffee Candy

This Saltine Toffee Candy recipe from Budget Bytes looks amazing. Who doesn’t like chocolate layered over chewy toffee and salted crackers? The ultimate combination for taste bud heaven.

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Products

Lucky 13 Pewter Saltine Cracker

Utilizing technology that was state-of-the-art if you were born around 1913, artist Herbert Hoover has cast these crackers of Pewter and packaged them fresh out of Harlem, New York. For those unfamiliar, Pewter is a malleable metal alloy, according to its Wikipedia article, consisting “traditionally [of] 85-99% tin, with the remainder consisting of copper, antimony, bismuth and lead.

Each cracker comes with a unique serial number that allows you to brandish your collector’s item with a serious prowess and level of pride. You can even boast about Cracker’s whereabouts with the Cracker Tracker blog. In case there was any doubt in your mind, these crackers should not be eaten. ($15 @ Potus31)