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Do you have a favorite brand of pretzels?

ipsedixit Aug 4, 2006 12:06 AM

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    Cathy Aug 8, 2006 12:01 AM

    There are some butter pretzels, sold at Zhenders/Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, Michigan that I would do *anything* for....

    1. ericalloyd Aug 7, 2006 07:02 PM

      pennysticks oat bran honey mustard pretzel nuggets
      bachman pretzel rods

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        SuzyInChains Aug 5, 2006 06:21 AM

        My favorite pretzels are from Tom Sturgis Pretzels in Reading, PA.

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          Scagnetti Aug 7, 2006 04:15 PM

          Second those.

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          fryrose Aug 5, 2006 12:37 AM

          To Velma, I have found the Lorenz Saltletts at a local Polish grocery store chain in the Chicago area--Bobaks. And they are even on sale at times.
          Pennsylvania is pretzel nirvana. The Snyder factory has a nice tour and the interesting part is that they have a display of all the pretzels they make that are packaged as store brands. A lot of the generic brand pretzels that supermarket chains carry are made by them so it is worth trying them at least once.

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            Velma Aug 5, 2006 08:45 PM

            Thanks fryrose-that is awesome! We get to Chicago every once-in-awhile and I will now put this grocery store on my list. Thank you so much for the info-it is greatly appreciated!

          2. Velma Aug 5, 2006 12:09 AM

            Yes, Lorenz Saltletts Sticks that I can only seem to find in Germany which is a bit inconvenient for me! They are extremely thin and crispy.

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              pkallan Aug 4, 2006 11:24 PM

              Martin's is definitely a great pretzel, but if you are on a budget and just want a good storebought brand, try Utz's All Natural Multigrain Pretzels, $2.39 for a 10oz bag. They are baked up nice and dark with just a slight sweetness from the whole grains and honey. I like honey in pretzels in general, and Rold Gold makes a good Honey Twist Braided Pretzel that's good munching, especially with your favorite brew.

              1. Dommy Aug 4, 2006 07:07 PM

                Any kind covered in Chocolate! :)

                --Dommy!

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                  Hue Aug 4, 2006 06:44 PM

                  Agree on "Unique" splits especially the erxtra dark, with a Yuengling and some deli mustard

                  1. chica Aug 4, 2006 06:08 PM

                    My family and I like the peanut-butter filled ones from TJ's.

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                      Infomaniac Aug 4, 2006 08:01 PM

                      We like these also.

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                      stephen Aug 4, 2006 05:56 PM

                      Another vote here for the excellence of PA pretzels.
                      The extra dark and extra salt ones at Unique Splits are amazing.

                      Link: http://www.uniquesplits.com

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                        Divamac Aug 5, 2006 04:04 AM

                        Oh! You beat me to this one! Unique Extra Dark Splits are amazing. I eat a bag a day when I am back home in Philly. There's nothign like them. Second favorites are Utz's Special Darks.

                        I miss Pennsylvania...

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                        wontonton Aug 4, 2006 03:57 PM

                        I'm partial to pretzel logs, the long ones that come in a box with a celophane cover.

                        1. Scagnetti Aug 4, 2006 03:00 PM

                          Snyder's and anything with Pennsylvania Dutch printed on it.

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                            wild child Aug 4, 2006 02:13 PM

                            If you live in New York, definitely try the Pretzel Man at the Union Square Farmers Market. I know they have a website but I can't remember it at the moment. They are very fresh and are available salted or unsalted. My boyfriend loves them so much that he buys them by the case.

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                              Cheese Boy Aug 4, 2006 02:25 PM

                              She/he (being politically correct) means .... Martin's.

                              Link: http://martinspretzels.com/mpnew/page...

                              Hard pretzels. Salted and unsalted. Very nice.

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                                MVNYC Aug 4, 2006 08:05 PM

                                Oh baby, i love martin's pretzels. If you ever happen through the Union Sq greenmarket, pick up a bag of these.

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                                  Karl S Aug 4, 2006 08:11 PM

                                  You don't have to wait; you can order them online:

                                  http://www.martinspretzels.com/

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                                bigmackdaddy Aug 5, 2006 04:10 AM

                                I concur about the Pretzel Man in NYC. Other than that I had a very good soft pretzel at this pretzel shack in St Louis near the Bud plant. I forgot the name.

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                                pkallan Aug 4, 2006 01:48 PM

                                I'm partial to Newman's Organic pretzel rounds. They're unsalted, super crunchy with just the right thickness. It just feels good to be eating a pretzel made from good, organic ingredients. It's also good for the soul to support Newman's extensive charitable efforts. I also dig their pepper flavor rounds.

                                But honestly, I think the best, most authentic pretzels around can only be bought in PA, probably due to the German heritage. In Philadelphia, many grocery stores stock a full range of gorgeous pretzels. I can't recall the brand names specifically, but the selection is usually phenomenal. Handmade pretzels (similar to the Martin's brand that Karl S mentioned) ranging from your standard level of doneness to super dark and extra crunchy, with or without bits of kosher salt. Gotta hop a train to Philly to get a fix one of these days!

                                1. Karl S Aug 4, 2006 12:33 AM

                                  Well, Bachman's twists are still a delightful textural pleasure, with a real twisted thin pretzel.

                                  Martin's are the ur pretzels of the moment, IIRC; very nice.

                                  And I love Utz rods and special darks.

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