Gluten-free soft pretzels are not easy to come by. I have seen one or two different brands over the years in my local health food store, Raisin Rack, but they have been so expensive, that I have never purchased them. When I say expensive, I am talking over $15/package. When I ran into Raisin Rack yesterday to grab some protein bars, I quickly went down the frozen gluten-free aisle and spotted a new gluten-free soft pretzel made by Tonya’s Gluten-Free Kitchen. I was thrilled to see that these were priced at $10.99/box in the store.
I didn’t buy any right then because I wasn’t going straight home, but I plan on picking up a package the next time I am in the area. The soft pretzels are certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization and come in four different varieties:
- Original Soft Pretzels
- Original Soft Pretzel Bites
- Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels
- Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites
More about Tonya’s Gluten-Free Kitchen:
In 2002, Tonya Bernard’s daughter, Cailie was diagnosed with celiac disease after suffering extreme malnutrition and weight loss. Shortly thereafter, Tonya was also diagnosed with celiac disease.
Like many people with celiac disease, Tonya began searching for gluten free bakery foods that tasted more like their gluten equivalent. She quickly became frustrated by what she found and set out to create her own recipes. “I wanted my 3 year old to have the same treats as other children. I was also determined to bake bread that didn’t have to be toasted to taste good and didn’t crumble in your hands.”
“By the time Cailie entered Kindergarten, I had succeeded. One thing Cailie and I missed was a buttery soft pretzel. My parents and I were experimenting with different recipe combinations and stumbled upon a product that reminded us of that famous aunt’s soft pretzel. With a few modifications and months of experimenting, we came up with a soft pretzel that we are very enthusiastic about!”
As friends with celiac disease tasted her creations, they asked Tonya if they could buy these foods from her. Encouraged by the response, she started baking in 2008 from her home kitchen and selling to fellow celiacs at various support groups in the Lancaster and Harrisburg, PA region.
As demand increased, she started selling to grocery and health foods stores in the area and eventually outgrew her home kitchen. In the summer of 2010, Tonya started a gluten-free bakery in Newmanstown, PA.
Tonya’s Gluten-Free Kitchen Soft Pretzels can be purchased directly from the website or found in over 238 stores in 23 states.
Have you found a gluten-free soft pretzel you like? Have you tried making them at home?