October 9, 2012 - Fearlessly Archived - Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
Not Just for Chowder Anymore
While most closely associated with New England Clam Chowder, for which they are constant companions, oyster crackers likely originated in the state of New Jersey in the mid nineteenth century. A New England company that's been making crackers for just as long makes Trader Joe's Oyster Crackers, so we suppose they could lay claim to being home to the original. We think, though, that they're too busy making the world's most awesome Oyster Crackers to worry about any other kind of notoriety.
Trader Joe's Oyster Crackers are made with simple ingredients and baked long and slow to create the ideal balance of soft and crunchy. They're round-ish, sort of dome-shaped, and just a little bit salty – their flavor is simple so as not to outshine the main-attraction soups. If you're enjoying a bowl of clam chowder, these are a must. They're excellent additions to chili, stew, and most other soups, too, including our Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup. They're also easy substitutes for croutons atop a salad. And they're easy on your wallet, too, at a mere $1.99 for each eight ounce box.