We tried out six different varieties of crackers to see who could take home the biscuit for the best

Christmas Taste test biscuits for cheese entertaining festive fun

+ Gail’s Bakery 4 and a half stars
Seeded crackers, £1.69 (100g)
 
These big crackers were incredibly moreish. Points were won for crunchy texture, and the mixed seeds added bags of flavour. Might be a tad overpowering for a blue, but with a hard cheese – oh yes.

+ Marks & Spencer 3 stars
Biscuits for cheese, £6 (450g)
  
A decent selection. Of the trio of flavours, we most enjoyed the crumbly beetroot and poppyseed crackers. The red colouring added a festive touch, and they held their own against a strong cheddar. 

+ Paxton & Whitfield 4 and a half stars
Biscuits for cheese, £5.60 (240g) 

We weren’t fans of the on-trend charcoal creations, but the rosemary wafer won top marks. Flakey and layered – yet not dry – these toothsome treats were quickly demolished.

Christmas Taste test biscuits for cheese entertaining festive fun

+ Sainsbury’s 4 stars
Caramelised onion and rosemary flatbreads, £1 (150g) 

Nice and thin, but able to take a decent slab of cheese, these well-balanced crackers managed to make our sampling cheddar taste even better. Great crunch too. Cracking value.

+ Selfridge’s 4 stars
Savoury biscuit collection, £15.99 (520g) 

From the first bite these tasted expensive. The pink peppercorn was our favourite: a good snap and bags of flavour that worked really well with cheddar. The price tag is justified.

+ Waitrose 3 stars
Fig, plum & cranberry wheat biscuits, £2.49 (130g)  

The fruit flavours won points for being thoroughly festive, but the team felt that these wheat biscuits tipped into sweet territory, rather than savoury. Tasty, but not for everyone.


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This article was first published in SquareMeal Christmas 2017