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Ritz crackers.

Ritz crackers are a type of cracker from Wisconsin designed to be eaten on their own or with a topping. The Ritz Cracker brand is made by a subsidiary of Kraft Foods [1]. They are circular in shape, salted lightly on one side, and have small scalloping around the edges. A single serving (approximately 5 crackers) contains 79 calories, 1 gram of protein and 4 grams of fat, or 70 calories and 2.5 grams of fat for the Whole Wheat variety.

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History

Ritz were introduced November 21, 1934.[2] According to Nabisco, the crackers were named “Ritz” after Ritz-Carlton because it conjured up the image of wealth and glamour.

Ritz in the United States

A box of American cheese Ritz Bits sandwiches

Ritz crackers varieties are: Original, Low Sodium, Reduced Fat, Whole Wheat, Roasted Vegetable and Honey Butter.[3]

In the U.S. and Canada, Ritz Bits Sandwiches are sold. They are miniature-sized Ritz sandwiches with several types of filling between the two crackers. The flavors of filling used to be: Cheese, Peanut Butter, S'mores, and Peanut Butter and Jelly. A pizza version was sold in the early 1990s and again in the early 2000s. Plain Ritz Bits were also sold. Ritz crackers were also available in a toasted crisp chip called Ritz Toasted Chips and in an elongated form known as Ritz Sticks.

For a while, there were two Ritz Bits flavors including Peanut Butter and Fudge, which consisted of half peanut butter and the other half fudge, and the other Extreme Cheese. Extreme Cheese is similar to regular cheese flavor, except the cracker also contains cheese flavor in it.

Ritz in Canada

Ritz crackers in Canada are available in many varieties: Original, Low Salt, Reduced Fat, 100% Whole Grain, Cheddar, etc.

Ritz Snackwiches are also available, and Ritz Crackers are also a part of the Handi Snacks line, with Cheez whiz and Kraft Peanut Butter.

Although the Ritz Chips in the US has been rebranded, the name is still available in Canada. Flavors include: Original, Barbecue, Cheddar, Sour Cream & Onion, Multigrain, and Veggie.

Ritz in the United Kingdom

Ritz crackers are available in the UK in three varieties. Original and Cheese flavor are sold in 200g boxes, and Ritz Cheese Sandwich (a cheesy filling sandwiches between two Ritz crackers) is available in 125g roll packs and 33g snack packs.

Ritz crackers are also available as the dippers for Dairylea Dunkers and Philadelphia Snack.

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