It makes bread taste better. It makes theater popcorn less healthy. It made Paula Deen a multimillionaire. And it helps take off rings that have gotten stuck on fingers because folks have eaten either too much buttered bread, theater popcorn, or Paula Deen’s cooking.
It’s one of the defining characteristics of the iconic Ritz Cracker. Crumbly is also a defining characteristic, but I’m not here to talk about the mess Ritz Crackers make. I’m here to discuss whether it’s necessary to take the already buttery Ritz Cracker and make the Limited Edition Ritz Ultimate Butter Crackers.
The cracker has a strong artificial butter flavor, which isn’t surprising since the words “artificially flavored” are printed on the front of the box in tall thin letters and they have a smell that’s similar to what you’d get with anything that’s “buttered popcorn” flavored.
The first cracker is a bit odd, but not odd enough to make me go “nope,” walk away, and leave the other seven Fresh Packs for birds. But if you have an aversion to Buttered Popcorn Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, I imagine you won’t enjoy these.
However, after that initial cracker, the artificial butter flavor fades, which I guess is a good thing. But even with a muted flavor, they’re still noticeably more buttery than regular Ritz crackers. I think they’re not bad on their own and they’re as crispy as any Ritz cracker, but I definitely prefer regular Ritz Crackers over them.
On the Limited Edition Ritz Ultimate Butter Crackers box, it suggests you create “Ritzwiches” featuring steak and potatoes, corn and bacon, and caramel corn. Seeing those suggestions got me thinking that maybe these crackers were really meant to be eaten with toppings.
Since I lack the drive to prepare fancy toppings like steak and potatoes, I went with whatever was in my fridge — processed American cheese. I have to admit the American cheese between two crackers was surprisingly good. It tasted as if I was eating a grilled cheese sandwich.
I also used another ingredient from my fridge to make cracker sandwiches — butter. Let’s face it, using a pat of butter as the filling for a cracker sandwich with these extra buttery crackers would truly make them the ultimate.
So how did it taste? It tastes just like a pat of butter or licking the paddle attachment of a KitchenAid Stand Mixer that was just used to soften butter.
Remind me to not eat that again.
(Nutrition Facts – 1 Fresh Stack – 200 calories, 90 calories from fat, 10 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 370 milligrams of sodium, 40 milligrams of potassium, 26 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.)
Purchased Price: $3.49
Size: 11.5 oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: As crispy as regular Ritz Crackers. Not bad after the first cracker. Tastes surprisingly good with American cheese. Butter.
Cons: First cracker has a heavy artificial butter flavor. If you don’t like Buttered Popcorn Jelly Belly, you’re not going to like these. Maybe not meant to be eaten without toppings. Making cracker sandwiches using pats of butter.
11 thoughts to “REVIEW: Limited Edition Ritz Ultimate Butter Crackers”
I LOOOOVE these. I eat them with some Garlic Turkey from Sprouts–heaven!
I had these and was unimpressed. The butter flavor that’s in normal Ritz, but at maybe 50% higher, which still is not a lot at all.
I popped one of these buttery, rounds of deliciousness in my mouth & thought I had gone to Heaven! I will be going to stock up before their stupid time limit is up.
I passed on these and went with the garlic butter variety, they’re pretty good, and worth a try
I eat the regular Ritz crackers frequently- haven’t tried these, but the artificial butter flavoring must be zero calorie because the nutritional info looks about the same as for the regular crackers. The regulars seem to have a little less sugar and no artificial flavor (no butter is listed but they use some “natural flavor” which, if dairy, isn’t enough to get an allergy warning). I get a box of four 30-cracker regular Ritz stacks, 13.7oz, for $2 on sale. The regulars work well with toppings and cheese, too – are these really better for that? I like to eat mine plain, though.
Hated these. Definitely agree with the reviewer that these are for fans of Buttered Popcorn Jelly Bellies. Luckily the kids like them!
Jelly Belly buttered popcorn jelly beans are my favorite and these ritz crackers have become a favorite! I’m hoarding them when I can find them, since who knows how long they’ll be available. Also tried the bacon ritz crackers! I thought bacon could make anything better, but not these crackers. Definitely not for me, but I bet those will be a permanent addition to the line. Oh well, can’t win ’em all!
I love regular Ritz crackers, but these Ultimate Butter ones are AWFUL. The taste is strongly artificial. Good luck.
Love em….pissed they discontinuedthe crackerfuls!!!!
These are the worst. I had one and the aftertaste was horrific and lasted for hours. I honestly wish I had never had one.
will i be able to get butter flavored crackers again or are they discontinued?
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