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Jan 26, 2011 11:34 AM

Pretzel Rolls

I see these used in places that specialize in gourmet sandwiches, but I've never seen them around Boston. Where can I find these?

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  1. I've seen them at Karl's Sausage Kitchen in Saugus (sometimes I think you have to ask for them -- they keep them in the back). I've also had mediocre ones from Whole Foods. Also - there is a German butcher in Walpole (only open certain days of the week) and they have them there sometimes too.

    Karl's Sausage Kitchen
    142 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906

    1. Swissbakers makes great ones -- their shop is in Reading but Whole Foods and Wilson Farms both sell their products (you may want to call to see if they're stocking the pretzel rolls specifically, though). Last time I checked, Mariposa Bakery in Central Square in Cambridge made them too.

      Wilson Farm
      10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

      Mariposa Bakery
      424 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

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      1. re: Pia

        go on line and look at They make wonderful german pretzels and rolls and deliver the in the brookline/newton area.

        1. re: scotty27

          Yep, I first had them at an event at the Swiss Consulate in Cambridge, which was catered by Swiss Bakers. They had a stand all summer at the Farmer's market at South Station last year.
          There was also a recipe in the NYT in the last year about how to make real pretzels that I think had a recipe for the rolls too (it involves lye, which is a bit daunting, but is evidently key to the "snap" in the texture.

          1. re: cpingenot

            I saw that article and was tempted to try to make a batch but the lye freaked me out as well. I'd rather drive to Reading than croak from a pretzel recipe mishap.

            1. re: pondrat

              Someone on another blog pointed me to an article in the NYTimes by McGee on using "baked" baking soda for home made pretzels, and it did give the pretzels some nice browning.

              Just remember to dip the pretzels in some water after the alkali bath to rinse off any residue.

              1. re: grant.cook

                I typically use the baking soda and it works great.

        2. South end Formaggio Kitchen has some that are very good, unfortunately I don't know where they get them from.

          Formaggio Kitchen
          244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

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          1. re: Food4Thought

            The Mariposa in Central Square bakes them.

            1. re: femmevox

              I was going to chime in about Mariposa. The sandwiches on them are delicious!

              1. re: digga

                Is there a particular sandwich filling that they tend to pair with the pretzel roll more than others at Mariposa ?

                1. re: pondrat

                  They had a chicken sandwich on pretzel roll, but since I don't eat chicken, they graciously made a veggie sandwich for me. The roll made the sandwich.

          2. Whole Foods in Wayland usually has them. Einsteins used to have a pretty good pretzel bagel but I think they discontinued them.