Product Review: Snyder's Gluten-Free Pretzels
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Jul 17 2010

Product Review: Snyder's Gluten-Free Pretzels

Earlier this year Tiffany wrote an article announcing that pretzel maker, Snyder’s of Hanover, was introducing a gluten-free pretzel to the market. I have been on the lookout for these pretzels ever since I heard that they were going to be certified gluten-free. Rumor was that they were going to cost considerably less than Glutino or Wylde (Ener-G) brand gluten-free pretzels.

I was finally able to get my hands on a bag of Snyder’s gluten-free pretzel sticks yesterday at Whole Foods. They were $2.99 for an 8 oz bag, which is about 25% – 50% cheaper than the Glutino gluten-free pretzel sticks, depending on where you buy them. The nutritional stats are slightly better as well at 110 calories, 1.5g fat and 260 mg sodium per serving. Of those 1.5g of fat, only .5g are saturated vs. 2.5g of saturated fat in the Glutino pretzel sticks. The pretzel sticks are also dairy-free, casein-free and egg-free. The ingredients are as follows:

Corn Starch, Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch, Palm Oil,Dextrose,cellulose gum, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, mono-calcium phosphate), salt, citric acid, yeast,soy lecithin, soda.

Enough technical talk, you guys want to know how they taste, right? Well, I am here to tell you, these are pretzels, my friends – real pretzels. Don’t get me wrong, the Glutino pretzels are good and I don’t like to diss anyone, but the Snyder’s pretzel sticks win in this taste test.

If you look at ingredients of the Glutino pretzels, they aren’t all that much different from the Snyder’s. It makes you wonder what makes that big taste & fat difference. I guess it goes to show you that it isn’t always just about what is in a product, but what proportions as well.

I had a hard time putting this bag of pretzels down. Do you see how I portioned them into a bowl? That was my attempt at eating sensibly, however, the power of these pretzels won in this case. ;)

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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Comments

  1. Diane (pilateschik) says:

    Oh wow!! I am going to have to look next time I am up towards my Whole Foods!! I love pretzels but neither Glutino nor Wylde gave me the yummies. They just were not pretzels to me. Thank you!!

    • Kim says:

      Diane,

      Let me know if you can’t find them…I can pick up a bag for you next time I am over close to my Whole Foods. :)

      Kim

  2. Heidi Kelly says:

    So glad you finally got to try them Kim! They are mighty tasty, it’s that buttery topping I tell ya. Now if they will make a GF pretzel rod, I will be REALLY happy!

  3. Tiffany says:

    I reviewed these on another site and love them too! I can’t get over the buttery flavor and the fact that they are so inexpensive compared to other gf pretzel options! The Glutino product isn’t made in the U.S. making it more pricey right off the bat. I’d love to try the new certified gf chip that Snyder’s is coming out with but so far I’ve not found it here.

  4. schrodie says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these pretzels! These, and a 6-pack of Omission beer, and I’m all set for football day! Most importantly, I shared these pretzels and some Omission with my gluten friends and they were impressed. The Omission lager has a distinctive ‘hoppy’ note that pairs vrey nicely with these pretzels. So there ya go– the perfect GF beer and snack combo.

    (Note that Omission beer is made with barley, using a special enzyme that breaks down gluten into very small particles that the body does not react to– in theory. It does not remove gluten, so much as it ‘destroys’gluten, ELISA testing on every batch returns a result of less than 20 ppm, yet some sensitive individuals can still experience a gluten reaction. Best advice– try just a small amount the first time, and see how you respond before drinking more. Most people are fine with Omission, but YMMV. Omission cannot carry a GF label in the US because it contains barley. Labeling laws do not allow GF labels on products that contain wheat, barley, rye or related grains, even if the gluten is denatured, as with Omission and other beers using barley or wheat with enzymes. Please drink responsibly and carefuly.)

    Now if I can just find the little twists (and Hanover makes a GF mini twist as well) I can make a GF party mix that actually TASTES good. GF corn and rice Chex are just as good as the original– in fact, I think they ARE the original, just labeled as Gluten Free, (except the wheat ones, of course!)

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