Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Throw Down: Annie's Homegrown Saltines VS. Late July Saltines

Annie's Homegrown Bunny Classics Saltine

Yup! It's my first throw down! I'm going to be comparing Annie's Organic Bunny Classics Saltine and Late July's Organic Classic Saltine Crackers. I'm not going to lie, both of these brands are very delicious, but who comes out on top overall? Let's find out.


Round 1: DESIGN

Annie's: These cute little snacks come in 5 different shapes: a heart, a running bunny, a bunny head, an X, and a circle. I love the bunny shapes! It's not plain like eating a regular saltine in the rectangle form. The box is pretty and appealing to kids with the different shapes shown in each corner.

Late July: Regular circle crackers here. Nothing wrong with that! These are kind of like Ritz crackers, I suppose. The box is beautiful though, in my opinion. It's got a vintage boardwalk feel with a softer blue than the Annie's box. Truly a work of art!

Winner: Annie's

Sorry, Late July! You have a beautiful box, but I just can't get over Annie's shapes. So adorable!


Round 2: TASTE/TEXTURE

Annie's: These crackers definitely have a crunch to them! The cracker is crisp and fresh tasting. I love how they have a light buttery taste without being too rich. Saltines are supposed to be very crisp, sort of like oyster crackers, and, of course, salty. I think Annie's has achieved the perfect balance! The salt is a little bit much though, depending on your taste buds.

Late July: The first cracker I tried was very buttery, but the rest were lighter in taste. There is less of a crunch to Late July and more of a silky taste. These crackers are less salty than the Annie's crackers, which works with the buttery taste.

Winner: Annie's

I love the crunch of Annie's crackers. Late July is a little too buttery to be a saltine.


Final Round: NUTRITION

Annie's: At 70 calories for 13 crackers (15g), Annie's is definitely a hit in the calorie section! A serving is filling too. There's 1.5g of fat per serving, but no saturated or trans fat. There are 11g of carbs and 160 mg of sodium. These are also vegetarian with no cholesterol.

Late July: These crackers are lower in calorie than Annie's according to grams because they're bigger, but they come in at 60 calories per 4 crackers (14g). They are a bit higher in fat than Annie's, at 2.5 g, 0.5 of which are saturated fat. There are 10g of carbs and 120 mg of sodium.

Winner: Tie

Annie's are higher in calories, carbs, and sodium, but Late July is higher in fat and contains saturated fat. I say a draw here!


OVERALL...

The winner is Annie's Homegrown!

I absolutely love these saltines. They're yummy and healthy.

Price varies, so I decided to not include that in the contest. I purchased Annie's on sale for $3.69 a box and Late July not on sale for $3.49 a box.

Yay for more giveaways! I am determined to win one of these... :D

17 comments:

  1. What a cute idea for a review! Glad you enjoyed the Saltines!

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    jenna

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  3. oh intense! i love the Annie's crackers but have yet to try Late July -- must try them soon to compare!

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  4. I love the way you did this review. I haven't tried either of these! Although both sound good, I will follow your rec and go for the Annie's :)

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  5. Great comparison! I have never heard of Late July, perhaps they aren't here in Ohio. I'm an Annie's fan :)

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  6. yay annie's! i ate their mac and cheese all through college.

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  7. great review :D I loove saltines, they are such comfort food. Good luck with your move!!

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  8. I love annie's stuff, but I've never had their saltines, I didn't even know they made them, thanks!

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  9. LOL, I totally dig your throwdown. What a fun way to compare 2 great companies' products.

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  10. Thanks for the link :)

    I love the battle royale of cracker reviews!!

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  11. Have I been under a rock?? I haven't seen these two kinds of crackers!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

    I can't wait to try these!

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  12. Great review. I really like the compare and contrast format. Annie's all the way!

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  13. ohhh i love match-ups like this...it's great when you can see products side by side! long live ANNIE'S. their whole wheat cheddar bunnies are crack!

    http://thehealthyeverythingtarian.wordpress.com

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  14. I love the throw down!
    Awesome idea!

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  15. I like all Annie's products...but then they DO sort of share my name :D Great review!

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