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December 23, 2009

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Tired of Triscuits and Townhouse? Bored with the perfectly buttered monotony of Ritz? Whitney’s Castleton Crackers (about $6 for a 6-ounce bag), homemade in Vermont, are inspired by hardtack, an old seaman’s staple, says owner Whitney Lamy. She forgoes traditional circles and squares, opting to hand-crack the snack into shapes of their own. Flavors like Rutland Rye and Windham Wheat crunch have a wholesome, grainy goodness, while Middlebury Maple ever-so-slightly indulges the sweet tooth. They’re not too salty, not too sweet, but they have that uncanny ability to send you back for more. Available at Foodies Market, 1421 Washington St., Boston, 617-266-9911; Allandale Farm, 259 Allandale Road, Brookline, 617-524-1531; Boston Cheese Cellar, 18 Birch St., Roslindale, 617-325-2500; The Concord Cheese Shop, 29 Walden St., Concord, 978-369-5778; or go to www.castletoncrackers.com. HANNAH MARTIN

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