Recently I spotted Wheat Thins Flatbreads in the supermarket and I was intrigued. It's not the same smaller sized snack crackers that we have come to know and love (you've got to try Wheat Thins 5 Grain Fiber Selects if you haven't already), but is instead a large sized "crispbread" or "crackerbread" type cracker - a similar size to Finn Crisp Multigrain Thin Crisp or Wasa Crisp 'n Light 7 Grain CrackerBread. I picked up the Tuscan Herb variety of the Wheat Thins Flatbread and proceeded to try it out as soon as I got home.
Each flatbread is about 4 inches long; possessing a width comparable to that of traditional Wheat Thins. In essence, it appears that Nabisco simply took their Wheat Thin batter and cut it a little bit differently to make flatbread shapes, enabling them to market a whole new product. I enjoy munching on Wheat Thins, so this is not a problem in my opinion. The flavor is pleasing and fairly neutral with a background of herbs (such as sundried tomato and garlic), which added a nice touch.
The problem comes when you are paying $2.50 for a 5.5oz box of Wheat Thins Tuscan Herb Flatbread, instead of paying the same price for a 9.5oz box of good ole' Wheat Thins (or the flavored varieties, if you feel so inclined). Therefore, while the eating experience did not disappoint me as a Wheat Thin lover, the buying experience did.
I love Wheat Thins for their slightly sweet wheat taste mixed with the supplemental salt on the surface. I usually get the Reduced Fat version, but I saw the "new" label on these Wheat Thins 5 Grain Fiber Selects and decided to give them a try. They boasted, "5 grams of fiber per serving" and this variety was made from whole grain flour unlike some other Wheat Thins (like Wheat Thins Veggie Chips).
The crackers have a hexagonal shape that's slightly larger than the regular size of the regular Wheat Thins squares but still have the light sprinkling of salt on top. I didn't break out the calipers, but it seemed like these crackers may be slightly thicker than the regular Wheat Thins, but they had all the crunch and munch with the added bonus of all the grains.
When I go for Wheat Thins, I always go for the Reduced Fat variety to minimize the snacking damage. One of the newer flavors, Wheat Thins Reduced Fat Country French Onion had me really curious about the taste - even though the packaging really emphasized the reduced fat (30% less fat than the original Wheat Thins) and whole grain aspects of the snack (6 grams of whole grain per serving).
The crackers appeared to be the same size and had the same crunch as the traditional Wheat Thins, however, they had extra green specks that are probably parsley, and you can really taste the onion flavor. I know Wheat Thins are usually rather salty, but this variety was WAY salty from all that additional flavor. One of the things I usually like about Wheat Thins is the mild sweetness that comes from the cracker itself, but the French Onion flavor really covers it up. The flavor is so strong that I couldn't eat as many as I usually do in one sitting - which can be interpreted as both a good or bad thing.