Snowzilla Day 2 (Part 1) – Crunchmasters, Cheese, & Charcuterie

Crunchmaster 7-Grain and Sea Salt Multi-Grain Crackers – If you eat gluten-free or dairy-free, are willing to try something a little different, or are looking for a great palate cleanser when doing a wine tasting, the Crunchmaster crackers are worth trying. | AGlassAfterWork.com

Crunchmaster 7-Grain and Sea Salt Multi-Grain Crackers – If you eat gluten-free or dairy-free, are willing to try something a little different, or are looking for a great palate cleanser when doing a wine tasting, the Crunchmaster crackers are worth trying. | AGlassAfterWork.com

Snowzilla Day 2 -- This was our back patio in the morning under 17 inches of snow.

Snowzilla Day 2 — This was our back patio in the morning under 17 inches of snow.

**Here is my blog post about Snowzilla Day 1 , Snowzilla Day 2 (Part 2)Snowzilla Day 3and Snowzilla Day 4**

By the time we woke up in the morning on the for Day 2 of Snowzilla, there was a lot of snow on the ground.  We waited until after breakfast before heading out to begin our first round of clearing the sidewalk.  Hubby and I split the duties, although he admittedly had the harder job as he shoveled, while I put salt down when he was done.  By the time we finished, changed into dry clothes, and warmed up a little, it was time for Hubby to put our chili dinner in the crockpot and for me to open a some wine–a Mumm Sparkling Pinot Noir–and put together a snack, but the only thing better than good wine on a snow day is having good food with the wine.

Hubby and I out shoveling the for the first time on Snowzilla Day 2

Hubby and I out shoveling the for the first time on Snowzilla Day 2

As I mentioned in January, I’ve been having some health issues, so the doctor put me on a low FODMAP diet.  While things are a little less strict for me now, in January, I was completely gluten-free.  So, when Crunchmaster reached out about sampling their gluten-free crackers, I jumped at the chance.  I actually tasted Crunchmaster Crackers for the first time with Becca (The Gourmez) at the Wine Bloggers’ Conference in the Finger Lakes.  At the time, they were the perfect palate cleanser after several atrocious beers and a funky snack we ate at another table.

Because I enjoyed them in the Finger Lakes, I wanted to try them with the new lens of having to eat gluten-free.  Crunchmaster has a wide variety of flavored crackers, but I could only eat the 7-Grain Crackers and the Sea Salt Multi-Grain Crackers because I also eliminated onion and garlic from my diet.  If you’re interested in other flavors, Becca reviewed the Roasted Vegetable, White Cheddar, and Roasted Garlic.

Crunchmasters 7 Ancient Grains and Multi Grain Crackers

Crunchmaster 7 Ancient Grains and Sea Salt Multi-Grain Crackers

The 7-Grain Crackers tasted like “healthy” food to me.  I wasn’t surprised to learn they had 24g of whole grain per serving (15 crackers) and were low sodium, gluten and dairy free, and made with 4 different types of seeds–quinoa seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, amaranth seeds. I thought they added variety, in both taste and texture, to the cheese and charcuterie board, as well as a providing a nice compliment to the sparkling red wine, but Hubby was not a fan.

The Sea Salt Multi-Grain Crackers disappeared off the board pretty quickly, so there was little doubt that they were the favorite. They had 22 g of whole grain per serving (16 crackers…I love getting the extra cracker in there!), were dairy and gluten free, and were made with 3 types of seeds—sesame seeds, flax seeds, and quinoa seeds.  They were the right consistency for spreading our Cherry Glen Monocacy Silver (a local, soft ripened goat cheese), as well as had the perfect amount of salt to combine with the truffle gouda cheese that we also were enjoying.

Snowzilla cheese, charcuterie, and Crunchmasters

Snowzilla cheese, charcuterie, and Crunchmaster crackers

Doing the cracker taste test was a fun and delicious experiment on a snow day that left us house bound in front of a warm fire. Since then, even though I’ve added gluten back into my modified low FODMAP diet, the Sea Salt Multi-Grain have become a staple in the A Glass After Work house.  I occasionally take half a serving and a cheddar cheese stick for the perfect sized afternoon snack.  So, if you eat gluten-free, are willing to try something a little different, or are looking for a great palate cleanser when doing a wine tasting, I recommend giving the Crunchmaster a try.

Question of the Day: Do you eat gluten-free, low FODMAP, or have some other type of special dietary constraints?  If so, do you tend to feel like the foods you have to eat taste as good as the restricted versions of the same food?  If not, do you ever eat the foods that are geared towards some of these specialized diets (like gluten-free or lactose-free items)?

Comments

  1. Chuck says

    I think I might have asked this on Twitter but what were the beers so I can avoid them. Going up to the Finger Lakes for Memorial Day weekend. Any must visit wineries. I know I want to try Dr. Frank’s Riesling.

    • says

      To be honest, Chuck, I wasn’t a fan of any of the beers we tasted. Looking back on my untapped ratings, The Brewery of Broken Dreams Pale Ale was my least favorite. That said, I don’t know if you’re a cider fan, but the ciders up there were FANTASTIC! I particularly enjoyed Bellwether Cidery, which is on Cayuga Lake.

      Wine-wise, I never finished writing up my experiences in the Finger Lakes, but here are my posts from the 2015 Wine Bloggers’ Conference. One of the things I found was that while I went in expecting to focus on the Riesling, I actually fell in love with their rosé. I mostly tasted wines from Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, and my favorite wines were from (in alphabetical order):
      Chateau LaFayette Reneau (and the view of the lake is beautiful!)
      Knapp Winery
      Red Newt Cellars
      Standing Stone Vineyards
      Three Brothers Wineries and Estates
      Villa Bellangelo

      And one other thing, if you like hiking and water falls, make sure you take time to go to Watkins Glen State Park. It’s beautiful!

      I’d love to hear how your trip goes, especially if you taste any beer, cider, or wine that you love.

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