Strange Snacks of the World--ScracK Is Like Smoking Crack!
We spotted it just as we were walking up that ramp after buying our weekly pound of guanciale at Buon Italia--a snack with the intriguing name of ScracK. Running it over in our minds, all sorts of bad jokes occurred to us.
Mommy: "Little Johnny, what are you doing there in the corner of your room all by yourself so secretively? Tell me right this minute!"
Johnny: "Don't worry mom, 'scrack."
Mommy: "You're smoking crack? Shame on you!"
Johnny: "No, mom, it's the toothsome snack chip from Italy called 'ScracK'."
Mommy: "Well then give me some ScracK, please."
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ScracK is a crunchy baked snack, resembling tiny loaves of bread with an herb-and--spice powder precipitated into the crack in the top. It might even be "healthy," who knows? ScracK is made in Verduno, a small town in Italy's Piedmont, by the Panealba company. The crackers taste like Middle Eastern zaatar bread, which means that the herb on top is probably oregano or a close cousin. There's also some black pepper in the mix, leaving a slight burn in the mouth. Need I say that the snack is addictive? (Oops! That word is going on the list of proscribed food words.) Buon Italia, Chelsea Market, 15th Street and Ninth Avenue
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