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ipsedixit Aug 4, 2006 12:06 AM

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  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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      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!

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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.

          1. re: Cheese Boy
            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/

          2. re: wild child
            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.

          3. Scagnetti Aug 4, 2006 03:00 PM

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

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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.

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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...

                2. 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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                    Hue Aug 4, 2006 06:44 PM

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

                    1. Dommy Aug 4, 2006 07:07 PM

                      Any kind covered in Chocolate! :)

                      --Dommy!

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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. 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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                            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!

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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.

                              2. ericalloyd Aug 7, 2006 07:02 PM

                                pennysticks oat bran honey mustard pretzel nuggets
                                bachman pretzel rods

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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....

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