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. 😉