New and kosher – crackers, snacks & preserves

It’s been a while since my last new and kosher round-up and so there are plenty of exciting new products arriving in independent shops and on supermarket shelves up and down the country.

new & kosher June 2016

So, down to business…

Rakusens Yorkshire Crackers, Snackers, and gluten-free crackers
Rakusens are probably one of the most well-known and well-loved of British kosher food brands. I’m sure we aren’t the only family who wouldn’t dream of having any other matza, at Pesach or any other time for that matter. So it was with some excitement that I opened the box of new products that they sent my way.

Clearly, someone in their marketing department is having a fun time! Building on their location and heritage, matza crackers have become… Yorkshire crackers. Made with Yorkshire water, don’tcha know?! It seems that only the packaging has changed, the crackers are just as they ever were, perfect with a dollop of egg and onion, chopped herring, or a slice of smoked salmon.

Rakusen's crackers

More exciting to me were the new gluten-free additions to the range. Gluten-free crackers are the size and shape of matza – sorry Yorkshire – crackers, and serve much the same purpose. According to DH, “They taste just like matza…” Which presumably is entirely the point. Rakusens have also added a gluten-free version of their new Snackers to the range, which are a brilliant snack and a fab lunchbox addition. We discovered Snackers at Pesach and Kipper has really taken to them. In case you’ve missed them they are bite-sized crackers which come in a bag like crisps. They are available in single packs, or multipacks of six. 

Finally, Snackers also come in a dark chocolate covered variety. Kipper is VERY keen on these. I can’t imagine why…

Rakusen's chocolate snackers

The full range is available from Ocado. Snackers are also available in Tesco and Sainsburys and multipack Snackers will be available in Asda from August. Selected items may be found in your local kosher shops.

Nim’s fruit & vegetable crisps
I was quite intrigued to try these air-dried fruit and vegetable crisps. I’ve had apple crisps before, but that’s about the extent of it, and Nim’s come in a whole host of additional flavours – pear, pineapple, melon & orange, cucumber & tomato, to name just a few.

Nim's fruit crisps

The fruits and vegetables are thinly sliced, with the peel/rind left intact, then air dried to a crisp, crunchy finish. I actually found this a bit weird, as the flavour didn’t quite match the texture, if you see what I mean! I don’t expect tomatoes to be crispy! 

DH and Kipper had no such reservations, and were both extremely enthusiastic. Although the peels are apparently quite edible, Kipper did nibble neatly around them, leaving a pile of crispy melon and orange rinds on the table. The pepper and courgette ones she scoffed in their entirety, mind you. 

The pear crisps were my favourite, and I think DH’s preference was the tomato and cucumber, which were sweet and intensely flavoured.

If you’re after something a bit different, then give these a go. They’re a fab way to get your kids to eat more fruit and veg, too, and Nim’s will soon be launching as specific kids range, including red apple, and pear & kiwi flavours. Nim’s fruit and vegetable crisps are certified KLBD are available from select farm shops, delis and independent retailers.

Granny Cool preserves
Founded in 2012 by a couple of Mums – Nikki and Lindsey – Granny Cool has gone from strength to strength, and their delicious, home-made marmalade and preserves are now certified kosher (KLBD) – no great surprise as one of the Mums is Jewish!  

Granny Cool marmaladesThe company’s original three fruit marmalade (orange, lemon & grapefruit) is based on a traditional recipe from Nikki’s grandmother-in-law. The range has expanded and now includes three fruit with cinnamon, lime marmalade, and orange & lemon marmalade with ginger. In addition, Granny Cool also offers a range of curds including traditional lemon curd, plus lime, mango, and ginger.

All the products have reassuringly short ingredients lists – they are made just as you would at home. No additives or preservatives, and cooked by hand in open pans. 

We tried out several flavours, and both Kipper and I loved the three fruit marmalade with cinnamon – a warming spicy tangy spread that’s great on crackers or toast. Kipper was most enamoured with the mango curd though, which she would have just spooned into her mouth if I hadn’t intervened! The curds are quite runny in consistency, so would be perfect drizzled over ice-cream, yogurt, waffles, or anything else that benefits from a luscious fruity, buttery sauce. Yum.

Granny Cool jars

Granny Cool marmalades and curds are available in farm shops, delis, and independent stores as well as Booth’s supermarkets. They will also be available in 339 of Sainsbury’s stores from June 19th.

Propercorn smooth peanut and almond flavour
I’m sure you’ll remember that Propercorn slightly salted and sweet & salty were certified KLBD a few months ago. I’m delighted that their smooth peanut and almond flavour has now been added to their kosher range. 

The peanut and almond popcorn is sweet and nutty, with a slight crunch. It’s actually marginally too sweet for my (not-at-all-sweet) taste, but Kipper loves it! Just a shame I can’t put any in her lunchbox as school is nut free 🙁

Propercorn peanut & almond

Propercorn is made in the UK with GM-free corn. It is available from major supermarkets and independent retailers.

Booja-booja cacao beans & nibs
Booja-booja make a range of chocolates, several of which are certified KLBD, including Raspberry Ecuadorian Chocolate Truffles, and Dark Ecuadorian Chocolate Truffles.

Their raw Cacao Beans and Cacao Nibs recently also achieved certification. The nibs have a chocolatey, slightly bitter flavour, and a good crunch, and are great added to desserts or baked goods, such as my cacao nib cookies (yum!). You can also pop some in a peppermill and grind them over your food as a seasoning – delicious on both savoury and sweet dishes like creamy pasta, ice-cream, or even your morning porridge!

booja booja cacao beans and nibs

And that’s it for now! I look forward to bringing you news of many more new kosher products hitting our shelves soon. Don’t forget to subscribe or follow me on Facebook to get regular recipe updates as well as kosher food news.

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See you again soon. Take care, Helen x.

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Note: I was sent these products to try, but all opinions are my own.

2 Comments:

  1. SOUNDS SO YUMMY! Can get them here? Ellen Schabes, U.S.A

    • Hi Ellen, and thanks! I’m not sure what the availability of these products is outside the UK. You’ll probably find more information on their individual websites – there are links in the text above. All the best, Helen.

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