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Soft Pretzels-From the Middle or the End?

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I stopped by a Philly Pretzel Factory today and asked for a pretzel. The guy behind the counter asked me if I wanted one from the "middle" or the "end". I'm guessing that the ones in the middle might be a little more chewy than the ones on the end?

Still, I have lived in South Philly all my life and have never been asked "middle" or "end" when asking for a pretzel. I was never that aware of any difference.

So...all of you pretzel connoisseurs, which is it for you? Middle or End?

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  1. I like the middle. The end pretzels are crunchier, crispier.
    The middle ones are "softer" due to being peeled from the other adjacent pretzels. Therefore, no "crusty" edges only soft inner doughy deliciousness.

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    1. re: Displaced California Foodie

      Agree. Also if the pretzels aren't really freshly baked, middle tends to stay fresher longer.

    2. If they are fresh, I like the ends. The outer crust is my favorite part, and middle pretzels tend to be soggy. The ends to get stale faster, though.

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      1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

        Agreed; texture, texture, texture.

      2. It only makes a difference on one side. there are far more middles than ends, and while i like the middles more, the occasional end does put some variety into my ohterwise astonishingly mundane existence.

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        1. re: Bob Loblaw

          I'm a middle person myself but it does not seem to be all that different in most cases unless the pretzels have been sitting out too long, which they never do at the Prezel Factory. If you were getting it from a vendor on the street (probably a mistake...) you'd want the middle because the end ones would take on petrified qualities after a while outside.

          Personally, I think the butter vs. no butter is more of a question if you are hitting a place like Miller's Twist in Reading Terminal. Both options are a lot different!