9 out of 10 snackbacks

Triscuits are good. Triscuits with cracked pepper are better. 

The brown rice ones are kind of nasty.

But what makes these crackers interesting to a snack expert, is the history behind this crunchy snack.

Triscuits were originally created by a man named Henry D. Perky. This new cracker Henry created was so innovated, that he was actually able to get a couple patents. 

Triscuits were first produced by Nabisco in 1903. At that time they were more a rectangle shape and were marketed as being "Baked by electricity." Check out the add for Triscuits below. 

It is interesting to note that the line, "Baked by electricity," would probably have a negative effect on sales today. Especially with consumers preferring more "whole" or natural foods.

In 1935, Nabisco started to add oil and salt to the crackers. This addition was common among snacks in the 1930s.

Today, instead of positioning Triscuits as this innovative cracker "Baked by electricity," it is instead positioned as a whole wheat natural cracker. In the photo below, Triscuits are even paired with a "home FARMING" kit.

Oh how I yearn for the times of baking with electricity!
9 out of 10 snackbacks

Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips are as excessive as they are delicious. These little snacks combine the blood pressure rising saltiness of potato chips with the diabetes inducing sweetness of chocolate. The taste of these sweet and salty treats can be described in one word- Awesome!

The copy on the back of this snack uses more than one extremely interesting word to describe this snack. Here's what a clever copywriter chose to write instead of simply "Awesome!":

"Our milk chocolate covered potato chips gild the potato chip lily by adding rich milk chocolate to salted crunchy thick cut ridged potato chips. The result? A lipsmacking decadent confection with a delicious combination of flavors and textures."

After reading this description I was a little bit confused. Am I the only one who has no idea what it means to "gild the potato chip lily?"

Whenever I am confused, the first place I turned to is Google. So, in this case I Googled "definition of gild" and found out that gild is a term used for covering things in gold. I was starting to put the pieces together- the potato chips were gilded with chocolate like a copper coin can be gilded with gold. Interesting...

But what was this business about the "potato chip lily?"

After consulting my friends over at Wikipedia headquarters, I discovered that gilding a lily is an idiom used to describe adding to something that is already perfect. The origin of this phrase comes from a misquoting of Shakespeare's The Life and Death of King John: "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, to throw a perfume on the violet, to smooth the ice, or add another hue unto the rainbow, or with taper-light to seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, is wasteful and ridiculous excess."

So, after much research I agree with the Trader Joe's copywriter. They indeed have gilded the potato chip lily. In other words, they took a perfect potato chip and made it even better by covering it in a thick delicious layer of milk chocolate... I think.

9 out of 10 snackbacks

9 out 10 snackbacks

Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Brownie and Oat Bars are moist, chewy, delicious and the box has a bunch of healthy sounding words on it. I think this snack could be a new staple in my snack drawer.

The most interesting thing I found about this snack was all of the implied health benefits of these bars. The box says that they are baked in whole grain rolled oats and they have five grams of fiber. Also, the bars only have 120 calories! This means that you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a slightly more healthy version of a candy bar.

If you're looking for a snack that tastes just like a brownie and is probably healthier than a candy bar, give Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Brownie and Oat Bars a try.

9 out of 10 tasty snackbacks


9 out of 10 Snackbacks
When I first purchased the Fit & Active Protein Meal Bar at Aldi, I didn’t really know what I was getting. I was in a hurry and thought that I was grabbing some kind of chocolate covered granola bar. I was pleasantly surprise to find that I had stumbled upon a new type of snack bar that was delicious and surprisingly not completely unnutriscious (if that’s even a word).

If I was to bite into one of these chocolaty bars and was asked to guess what I was eating, I would have guessed either a Little Debbie Nutty Bar or one of those Reese’s Crispy Crunchy Bars. In other words, it tastes just like a candy bar!

What differentiates the Fit and Active Chocolate and Peanut Butter Protein Meal Bars from other candy bars is the nutritional properties of these bad boys. In the chart below you can see that both of the other peanut butter snacks have more calories, more fat, more sugar, less protein, and less fiber. 

To sum this review up, a Fit and Active Chocolate and Peanut Butter Protein Meal Bar gives you a satisfying chocolate and peanut butter snack without as much of the stuff that makes you fat.

Snackbacker Rating: 9 out of 10 Snackbacks

 I’ve had a lot of hundred-calorie snack packs, but none of them really seem to satisfy my manly hunger. Most of them were really dry and in order to get any sort of snacking satisfaction out of these tiny packets of snackables, I needed to eat about 8 packs.

The most recent hundred-calorie snack I tried was the Fudge Grahams 100 calorie Right Bites from Keebler. These were way different than any other hundred-calorie snack pack I’ve ever had. What makes them different is there is a massive amount of tasty chocolate on these, not just a dry sprinkling of brown pseudo-chocolate.

Since this chocolate awesomeness is coupled with a classic graham cracker cookie, you get a party in your mouth similar to a campfire smore. The other difference between these cookies and other 100-calorie snack packs is I eat 17 packs of these instead of only 8.

So, after consuming 1700 calories worth of Keebler Fudge Grahams, I think I need a song.

Sing along with me!