Ritz crackers are a brand of snack cracker introduced by Nabisco in
1934. Outside of the United States, the Ritz Cracker brand is
made by a subsidiary of Kraft Foods. 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.
Ritz were introduced November 21, 1934.
According to Nabisco, the crackers were named "Ritz" after their
creator Walter Ritzman because he felt it would show his pride and
honor towards his family.
varieties are: Original, Low Sodium, Reduced Fat, Whole Wheat,
Roasted Vegetable, Honey Butter and Brown Sugar Cinnamon.
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 crackers in Canada are available in
many varieties: Original, Low Salt, Reduced Fat, 100% Whole Grain,
Ritz Snackwiches are also available, and Ritz Crackers are also a
part of the Handi Snacks line, with Cheez whiz and Kraft Peanut
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 crackers are available in
the UK in three varieties. Original and Cheese flavor are sold in
200 g boxes, and Ritz Cheese Sandwich (a cheesy filling sandwiches
between two Ritz crackers) is available in 125 g roll packs and 33 g
Ritz crackers are also available as the dippers for
Dairylea Dunkers and Philadelphia Snack.