Where can I buy Jamaican Regal Crackers?
(Miami, Florida USA)
QUESTION about: How Can I Get Regal Water Crackers?
Hello Mr. Gayle,
Congratulations to you on the constant progress you are making with My-Island-Jamaica.com. Thank you for helping other Jamaicans as well as myself staying connected.
I am originally from Montego Bay but I have been living in the USA for many years. I have been trying to find the Jamaican cracker called "Regal crackers".
I have fun memories of my grandmother serving it to us with cheese or Guava jelly.
You are doing a remarkable job and we are proud of you. Keep up the good work.
Season greetings to you and yours as well and thanks in advance for your help.
ANSWER: by Kesha Stewart
Hello My Friend,
It was while I was reading your question that I realized that I had not seen Regal Crackers on the supermarket shelves in my parish for some time.
I also did a thorough check online and I found that I couldn’t get them there either.
I was beginning to wonder if they had stopped making the product.
Water crackers are quite famous here; we have a long history of making water crackers on the island and Jamaicans have found interesting ways to make this otherwise bland product a best seller.
Every Jamaican family has its way of using water crackers; you will find water crackers served with jams and jellies, peanut butter, cheese or butter, simmering in a pot of steamed fish, in warm milk, on its own and even served with soup mixes.
It’s a very busy cracker indeed! Who would think that a cracker that is baked with just sugar and water could show up in so many places?
Some Jamaicans swear that consuming water crackers and peppermint tea relieves gas and babies are given water crackers to ‘scratch’ their gums during teething.
By the way, Excelsior water cracker is the most popular brand locally but and I have seen Lasco water crackers on supermarket shelves as well. Quite naturally, persons have individual preferences.
So back to Regal water crackers. I searched until I found contact information for the Regal Bakery; it’s on Market Street in Montego Bay, St. James.
Did you know that the bakery has been in operation for over 50 years? Yes indeed! They make baked products such as buns, breads, bullas and cakes.
They also serve breakfast and lunch daily and do general catering as well.
Regal branded products are found on supermarket shelves across St. James and in other parts of the island too.
I called the telephone number (876-952-2330) which is listed in the local telephone directory (Yello). The attendant listened to my queries and transferred me to the very accommodating Mr. Loxley, who is one of the bakers.
He said that the bakery was in operation and explained that presently their water crackers (biscuits) are packaged in a sealed, labeled transparent plastic wrapper containing three over-sized water crackers.
Mr. Loxely advised that persons who desire to make a purchase from overseas can have someone they trust come by the bakery and purchase the items for them and then ship them to the mailing address using a reliable international delivery service or local registered post.
You can call the bakery and ask for him too. He may be able to facilitate a special order just for you.
I hope you and your taste buds will be reacquainted with the taste of Regal Water Crackers very, very soon.
Kesha Stewart, Associate Writer
I just found some in a local supermarket in Montego Bay (pictured above), but I am noticing more of Golden Delight (pictured below), apparently a local brand substitute, on the supermarket shelves.
You may want to consider both, just to keep your options open.