Nabisco has been churning out innovative limited edition products non-stop this year. After Even Thinner Wheat Thins (why?), Ultimate Butter Ritz (yuck), and Strawberry Shortcake Oreos (meh), how could they possibly set their sights any higher? The answer, of course, was clear: take one of the most excessively done flavor trends in recent history and slap it on one of their least flashy snacks. Woo hoo!
Despite the fact that Nabisco didn’t really go out on a limb in terms of ingenuity, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by this new release. Triscuit comes in a few different varieties and flavors, but it’s never really done anything particularly “edgy.” Now, all of a sudden it shows up sporting a sleek paisley outfit and begging to be topped with an exotic combination of shrimp and avocado. This is easily the most exciting Triscuit has been in years. Hmm…I think someone is going through a midlife crisis. Introducing Nabisco Limited Edition Sriracha Triscuits!
As I poured a few Triscuits out of the box, I noticed a huge difference in their color. Some crackers were a bright reddish orange, and others were a lighter beige. That sort of variation usually isn’t a good sign. However, I was able to pick up a good garlic smell, and even a hint of pepper, so I stayed optimistic.
The sriracha flavor in these Triscuits explodes from the very first bite. These crackers lead with a heavy burst of garlic, then follow up with a decent pepper flavor. As I chewed, I waited for the spiciness to build…and waited…and waited. Where was the heat? I checked the list of ingredients, and noticed that while “red bell pepper flavor” is listed, “chili pepper” is nowhere to be found. Real sriracha sauce has chili as its first ingredient, which gives the sauce its signature kick. The use of red bell pepper over chilis might explain why the pepper flavor in these Triscuits is more “fresh” than “hot.”
The lack of spiciness was definitely a letdown, but these crackers deserve some praise for how well they include the other flavors of sriracha sauce. The initial garlicky flavor evolves into a great combination of sour and sweet, reflecting the vinegar and sugar components of sriracha. That sour and sweet flavor lingers, and provides some nice complexity to keep the garlic from overpowering these Triscuits since there’s little heat to be found.
As I’d feared, the Triscuits that were a bright red-orange carried much more flavor, and even some slight heat, compared to the other crackers. The uneven flavor distribution seemed to throw off the overall flavor of these crackers, since some would burst with flavor and others would taste strongly of wheat, like a plain Triscuit. In my opinion, a bit more balance would have boosted the sriracha flavor throughout, and maybe even helped bring out the spice a bit more too.
|Item:||Nabisco Limited Edition Sriracha Triscuits|
|Price and Place of Purchase:||$3.99 at Vons|
|Nutrition Facts (serving size-6 crackers):||120 calories, 35 calories from fat, 4 grams of fat, .5 grams of saturated fat, 2 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 1 gram of monounsaturated fat, 160 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of dietary fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, 3 grams of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||Sriracha is an ambitious flavor for Triscuits, and a lot of the various elements come through for the most part. However, the sriracha lacks its signature component: heat. Look, wheat crackers can be hip and fun too! Why does the box look like Triscuit went shopping at The Buckle?|
|Overall Score:||7 out of 10|
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