Ever since 1801, when Massachusetts baker Josiah Bent burnt a batch of biscuits he had been baking, the “cracker” type of hard flat biscuit, so named due to the sound made by its burning in the oven, has been a very ticklish snack.
Bent ended up selling his up-and-coming enterprise to a company that we call Nabisco today. Nabisco now produces a wide variety of snacks, including Chips Ahoy!, Teddy Grahams, Fig Newtons, Chicken in a Biskit and Oreos, but it has always granted a special elite status to the Ritz cracker.
Over the years, they have experimented with many other fillings, including peanut butter, s’mores, pizza, peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and fudge, extreme cheese and even the disastrous confetti creme (right). Some were short lived while others enjoyed longevity and success, but no variety comes close to rivaling the perfection that is cheese.
The “Ritz Bits Sandwich with Cheese” is somewhat of an evolution from the original idea of Ritz, which was to provide an upper-class, glamorous cracker to the public. (Ritz is a permanent fixture on the menu at the luxurious Waldorf-Austoria Hotel in New York City.) Nevertheless, the unique taste of the two miniature Ritz crackers with the delectable cheese filling is an incredible snack.