Snack Review: Wheat Thins Crunch Stix

Once upon a time, I am told, a company could make an honest buck with a solid tasting product. Those days are long gone, however, and now it’s not enough to just put out something that tastes good, but it also has to be cool. Unfortunately, this often makes a company appear decidedly less cool, as said company attempts to use notions of cool that are in fact several years old, and in fact, uncool.

Did I lose you? Maybe it’s best to just remember this 2009 spot from Miracle Whip.

It seems as though the folks at Nabisco are taking a page from Miracle Whip’s book with the launch of the new Wheat Thins Stix line. A “snackable stick-shape” with a “mighty crunch,” these pretzel shaped versions of wheat thins deliver fully in the taste department. The Honey Wheat flavor which the company sent me has that distinct sweet and mildly salty flavor, with a pleasant mouth-feel that makes stopping at just one stick next to impossible.

New WHEAT THINS Crunch Stix — it’s wholesome goodness that’s irresistibly delicious. Made with 11g of whole grain per serving and a new shape, it packs a powerfully satisfying crunch in every bite. Available in Honey Wheat flavor or Fire Roasted Tomato flavor. Dive in. Crunch out.

So what’s the problem? Well, nothing really, except that I’m still trying to figure out what’s so “new” about these things. Texturally they have a bit more of a distinct crunch than a regular wheat thing, but they taste almost identical. Being a longtime fan of Wheat Thins, I’d eat these on a regular basis, but what would make me buy these as opposed to regular Wheat Thins? Coolness?

I don’t think so, although the change from a crisp-like thin to a pretzel-like stick does come in handy if your the kind of person who likes to channel your inner child and play with your food.

Wheat Thins Crunch Stix are a solid overall snack choice, and with 11 whole grains a serving, they’re pretty healthy too. Thing is, so are regular Wheat Thins, and what’s wrong with those? So I’m giving these me stamp of approval, but will have to warn you that switching from the regular Wheat Thin line to the Crunch Stix line on the basis of trying to be cool only makes you decidedly uncool in my book.

Pros:

  • Pros: Sweet, wheaty flavor which is intensified by salt (Hoah for sweet-salty combination!) Solid crunch effect. 11 grams whole grains. Saving money on Lincoln Logs.

    Cons: Trying to hard in advertising department, and it shows. Not really distinguishable in flavor from regular Wheat Thins. Unrealistic serving size could leave you consuming entire box in one sitting.

    Price: 3.49 (Retail)

    Overall GrubGrade: 7.75 (Good)

    More Info: www.nabiscoworld.com
    Nutrition Facts:
    Wheat Thins Crunch Stix Honey Wheat
    Serving Size: About 14 stix
    Calories: 130
    Total Fat: 4 g
    Sat Fat: 0.5 g
    Trans Fat: 0 g
    Cholesterol: 0 mg
    Sodium: 150 mg
    Potassium: 60 mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 22 g
    Dietary Fiber: 2 g
    Sugars 5 g
    Protein: 2 g

  • 13 comments on “Snack Review: Wheat Thins Crunch Stix

    1. skippymom says:

      Pringles has jumped on this bandwagon too. I don’t get it. The old standbys are just as good and cheaper. [well, at least in the case of the pringles stix]

      • Rachel says:

        Pringles Stix? Is that a real thing? Sounds ridiculous. And wow, I’m out of the loop. I need to go grocery shopping more often.

    2. Raiders757 says:

      Great review, and thanks for doing so as well. My wife loves Wheat Thins and cheese as a snack during football Sundays, so we were both curious about these things. You saved us a lot of trouble. We’ll stick to these being served with cheese and sliced meats as a sort of snack trey before our main NFL Sunday course this weekend.

    3. Adam Bomb says:

      Great review :) While these may be tasty, this new form just seems unnecessary. I’m not into all the gimmicky alternatives to original products. Fritos Scoops are a good example of what I’m talking about.

    4. sophia says:

      lol. Agreed. Just another marketing ploy.

      Nice to see you back here, Adam. Stop being so damn busy! ;-)

    5. Jessica Leigh says:

      This was funny & I agree totally! I received a free sample of these, and they taste pretty much the exact same!

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    7. Rebecca Dole says:

      I brought these Wheat Thin Sticks to a party this weekend, and thought they would be a bigger hit than they were. I really like the taste and the crunch factor, but was dissappointed with the box. I thought it would look more like the photo on the box.

      One question: why so much more expensive than the regular Wheat Thins?

      Best reegards,
      Rebecca Dole

    8. Angela says:

      The new shape makes them great for dipping. I love nut butters and these are perfect for dipping into the jar for a quick snack. :-)

    9. Nicole says:

      These are great. I just tried them a week ago. A friend had a promotional box full of samples and he gave me about 10 packs. I brought them with me to work and now everyone is hooked.

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    11. Paul Spiegel says:

      liked the helicopter commercial so much I bought em. they are
      delicious sat down for Americas got talent grabbed the WHEAT THINS Stix box what!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT IS EMPTY will buy more
      tomorrow incredible food