Better Cheddars
Bettercheddars brand logo.png
Product typeCheese crackers
OwnerMondelez International
Produced byNabisco
IntroducedFebruary 1981; 42 years ago (1981-02)
Previous ownersNabisco

Better Cheddars is a snack food brand of baked cheese crackers that are prepared using cheddar cheese as a main ingredient. Better Cheddars are manufactured by Nabisco, a subsidiary of Mondelēz International.[1][2][3] In the United States, Better Cheddars are marketed under the "Flavor Originals" trademark,[4] which also includes the Chicken in a Biskit brand. Better Cheddars were first introduced by Nabisco in February 1981. Various flavors of the cracker have been purveyed to consumers.


Nutritional info
Nutritional value per 20 crackers
Energy150 kcal (630 kJ)
18 g
Dietary fiber1 g
8 g
Saturated2 g
Monounsaturated2 g
Polyunsaturated4 g
3 g
40 mg
290 mg
Other constituentsQuantity
Cholesterol5 mg
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: [4]

Better Cheddars were first introduced by Nabisco in February 1981,[5] and originally had sourdough culture in its ingredients. They were advertised on television as the "San Francisco-style" snack cracker, and were the first commercials featuring actor/comedian Ron Carey as a cable car operator singing the Better Cheddars theme song and eating the snack. The name became a registered trademark in February 1985. The brand was created by Nabisco's Manhattan-based marketing agency of record, The William Esty Company, and the name was created by Senior Copywriter Niels Peter Olsen working with Creative Director Howard Cowell.

In 2018 and 2019, production of Better Cheddar crackers was disrupted following the recall of whey powder from Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI). Many other cheese flavored products were also affected, including Ritz crackers and Goldfish crackers. As of March, 2019, a shortage of Better Cheddars crackers remained as store shelves in some Midwest locations were bare.[6]


Better Cheddars have been produced in original style, low salt and reduced fat varieties.[7][8] Better Cheddars 'n onion is a former flavor that was introduced in 1987 and was discontinued soon afterwards. Bacon flavor was another discontinued variety.[8][9]

See also


  1. ^ Wood, D.J. (2007). Brands and Their Companies. A Gale trade names directory. Gale Research. p. 210. ISBN 978-0-7876-2287-9. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  2. ^ Milling & Baking News. Sosland Pub. 1988. p. 25. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Davis, Robin (August 23, 2000). "Nabisco Nips the Rest In Cheese Cracker Test". SFGate. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Calories in Nabisco Flavor Originals Better Cheddars Baked Snack Crackers". January 20, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  5. ^ Bakery Production and Marketing. Gorman Publishing Company. 1987. p. 18. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  6. ^ Debra Goldschmidt (24 July 2018). "Ritz and Goldfish crackers among recalled foods". CNN. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  7. ^ Bauer, J. (2003). The 90/10 Weight-Loss Plan: A Scientifically Designed Balance of Healthy Foods and Fun Foods. St. Martin's Press. p. 226. ISBN 978-0-312-30397-6. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Bakery Production and Marketing. Gorman Publishing Company. 1987. p. 74. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  9. ^ The Manufacturing Confectioner. Manufacturing Confectioner. 1987. p. 72. Retrieved October 9, 2017.