Ritz Cheddar Cheese Crispers are better than Cheez-It Crackers.
(I’ll pause to allow you Cheez-It lovers to clickity-clack on your keyboards to type horrible words in my direction because of my blasphemy.)
You may think I was paid to write the opening sentence, but I assure you the money under my mattress was there before I even knew these cheesy potato and wheat chips existed. Oh, I should also mention there’s a Four Cheese & Herb flavor along with the cheddar variety. But since I haven’t had Cheez-It Italian Four Cheese Crackers, I can’t say the Ritz Cheese Crispers version is better.
The cheddar one combines the crispiness of a Ritz Crisp & Thins, the size of Wheat Thins, and Cheetos’ radioactive orange color, but without leaving a layer of cheesy dust on your fingers.
Why do I prefer them over Cheez-It Crackers?
Well, first off, the chips have an airy crispiness that I love biting down upon more than the crunch of crackers. Then there’s a sharp cheddar flavor with a bold zing that tastes even cheesier than Cheez-It Crackers. (NOTE: I haven’t tried the Extra Cheesy Cheez-Its.) I could eat these all day if I had an endless supply of it or if the box was a portal to a dimension that has only Ritz Cheddar Cheese Crispers.
The Four Cheese & Herb variety is seasoned with cheddar, Monterey Jack, parmesan, and mozzarella. The only herb I see listed in the ingredients is parsley, but I imagine that’s there for looks, and the actual herb flavor comes from a vague ingredient listed, like spices.
I can’t pinpoint which cheese is which as I eat it, but combined they taste like, and I’ve used this comparison before with other cheesy cracker products, a Totino’s pizza. Much like the other one, I have a hard time putting this down.
Both are extremely snackable, especially the cheddar flavor, but they’re not perfect.
The whole chip isn’t covered with cheesy seasoning, and it’s most noticeable with the cheddar flavor. While one side looks like Chester Cheetah sneezed point-blank on them after stuffing his mouth with Cheetos, the other side is quite naked.
Because almost all the seasoning is on one side, to get the full cheese punch, it needs to be eaten seasoned side down so that it all hits your taste buds. If consumed the other way, they’re less enjoyable.
I imagine some of you will disagree with my belief that Ritz Cheese Crispers are better than Cheez-It Crackers. Some of you will point out that technically I can’t compare the two because one is a cracker and the other is a chip. But if I’m going to reach for a crunchy cheesy snack in the cracker section of the store I’m at, I’m going to grab Ritz Cheddar Cheese Crispers.
DISCLOSURE: I received free samples of the product. Thanks Ritz! But I purchased the product and finished my review prior to obtaining them. To be honest, I don’t think I need to disclose this. Nor will I complain about getting more of these because did you read this review?
Purchased Price: $3.99
Size: 7 oz. box
Purchased at: Times Supermarket
Rating: 9 out of 10 (Cheddar), 8 out of 10 (Four Cheese & Herb)
Nutrition Facts: (21 chips) Cheddar – 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 240 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. Four Cheese & Herb – 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 230 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.
23 thoughts to “REVIEW: Ritz Cheese Crispers”
Today, July 17, 2020, I purchased a box of Ritz Cheese Crispers, cheddar, absolutely horrible. I buy Ritz crackers all of the time but I will not buy this kind again. They taste like puke smells.
I agree with you. I bought a package today, ate about 10 crackers and threw them away. Way too salty and no cheese taste at all.
That’s ridiculous. These things taste GREAT.
I should mention, the “Cheez-it Snap’d” is a very fine product as well. I love them both!!
I agree. I’m not sure if I had a bad batch, but it tastes like crunchy mac n cheese powder. I gave my brother a sample and he says it tastes disgusting.
I total agree. They were awful!!
Fax their literally GARBAGE SO BAD. STRAIGHT HORRIBLE.
Totally agree with you! Loving the Cheese Crispers. So far I’ve just had the 4 cheese and herb- so good and addictive! These are dangerous!
I got the four cheese herb ones and hust ate some and LOVED them! They are DILISH! Will try the cheddar ones next but for now I got a box Better Cheddar crackeres instead. As for Cheez-It my fav from them is their white cheddar ones. btw to add to your cracker loving pleasure eat with a nice tall glass of lemonade!
Have you tried the Cheez-it Snap’d or the Ritz Crisp & Thins? They’re all very good!
I purchased the Ritz Cheese Crispers in the Cheddar flavor and was totally shocked at how horrible they tasted. I did not pick up a cheese flavor, void of that. A bad metal taste. So after trying them again the next day, out they went into the garbage. First time I have ever written a bad review on anything so to do this, they had to be bad. Total waste of money.
Totally agree. They are bad tasting.
Same experience with the cheese crispers. I will never buy again.
I agree, too much cheddar. They taste too processed and salty, over kill.
Purchased both the cheese and herb and cheddar. Opened the box of cheese and herb and do not like. Not much flavor and for being a new product line, the bag was mostly broken pieces. If There is two doz whole crackers in the box it’s a miracle. Have not tried the other yet, but I definitely will not be buying this product again. Love other Ritz products but this one is a thumbs down.
Purchased a box of the Ritz cheese crispers. What a waste of money. How can regular Ritz taste so good and these taste so bad. The cheddar cheese flavor is like nothing I’ve ever tasted before. Simply awful. The cracker is light and crisp, but beyond that it has nothing good to offer.
I’ve been eating some type of cheese cracker for the better part of 50 years and I’ve never tasted a cracker that tasted less like cheese. While the Cheese Crispers texture and crispness were very good, they just tasted bad. No cheese flavor and left a weird aftertaste. At first I thought I got a bad box, but reading the other reviews makes me think otherwise. It’s too bad; I wanted to like these, and based on their other products I thought I would.
Finally got to try these today – I really liked them! I love an intense cheddar flavor and these delivered. I plan to try the four cheese and herb flavor soon!
These crackers are terrible. What a waste of money. Shame on Ritz.
Agree got a sample pack of the cheddar hard as little flat rocks and not much flavor either
The Ritz (Cheddar) Cheese Crispers are the bombdiggity! They are like crack in a box! Hubby and I went through two boxes in less than a day, and I am not one who particularly enjoys cheese crackers. We’re now discussing buying stock in Nabisco. Of course, we will end up eating our profits. 😀
I like (not love) the cheddar but the four cheese has a funky taste I can’t place. Not sure if it’s one of the 4 cheeses or the “herb”? I prefer cheez-it snaps to these.
Hideous!! Nasty, chemical cheese taste so bad I had to spit out and rinse. Then I chewed a raw peppercorn because the icky oil was all over my mouth. Nasty, nasty, nasty. I’m a person who will try anything and like it, sushi, dim sum, Filipino food, haggis, squid and this was AWFUL!!!! Do not bother to buy this crap.
Your first sentence was exactly the thoughts that flew through my head on my first taste of these. I even plan to recommend them to my dad who is the pickiest eater in the world and who eats cheese-its exclusively (but claims he doesn’t like cheese). [insert eye-roll face] They really are that much better that I would risk his picky temperament!
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