I always have a willing group of participants whenever I’m sent something snack-y for review. Over the past two afternoons, my sons and their friends have been taste testing some new snacks from Annie’s Homegrown that they sent me.

Annie’s has added Cheddar Squares, Honey Graham Crackers and Cinnamon Graham Crackers to the packaged snacks that they offer.

The Cheddar Squares are already on store shelves. They are similar in looks to Cheez-It, but they are made with without artificial flavors, synthetic colors and synthetic preservatives, and contain certified-organic wheat, six grams of whole grains per serving and 100 percent real, rBST-free+ cheese. The package does not mention GMO ingredients, but when I asked, I was assured that Annie’s Cheddar Squares are GMO-free.

The boys who taste tested them liked them. The box was devoured very quickly. I liked them, too, although I found them a bit heavy on the salty side. They had a good cheese flavor, and all the boys said they were very similar to Cheez-Its.

The Annie’s Organic Graham Crackers will be available nationwide in June. They are Non-GMO Project Verified and certified USDA organic. The honey variety was milder than some of the traditional graham crackers, and that was actually quite nice. They’ll be excellent with peanut butter on them for a snack or in s’mores made with organic chocolate and perhaps homemade marshmallows.

The cinnamon flavors are also Non-GMO Project Verified and certified USDA organic. These are very cinammony. In fact, at first taste, the cinnamon was so prevalent that they were reminiscent of Red Hot candies.

The graham crackers were met with mixed reviews by the boys who tasted them. All of them liked the honey variety, but a couple boys weren’t so crazy about the cinnamon. I’m not surprised – they weren’t like any graham cracker the kids had eaten before.

I like to make a lot of what my boys snack on from scratch so I can really control the ingredients, but crackers aren’t one of the things I make. It’s good to know there are options like this out there for when I do buy crackers.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Annie's new snack crackers pass the kid test
Made with organic, natural and Non-GMO ingredients, Annie’s adds Cheddar Squares, Honey Graham Crackers and Cinnamon Graham Crackers.