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In my search for interesting and different snacks to offer my choosy 'fed-up-of-crisps' teenagers, I discovered these pretzels recently. The packaging is now cream coloured rather than black but the Penn State logo is still displayed prominently on these large sharing bags of pretzels. Penn State pretzels come in different flavours but I have been buying the original salted version.
The product and my experience of it:
I found the 175g sharing bag surprisingly large. It was more than ample for the four of us to share. The pretzels themselves are quite big, nicely browned and have little chunks of sea salt clearly visible here and there. Individually these pretzels provide at least a couple of mouthfuls for me. They are crunchy, taste good and despite being able to see the salt - they are not overly salty to taste. The glazing on them is delicious and smooth on my tongue. They are also appealing to the eye - they look like a good quality pretzel should and are formed into a nice heart shaped twist. They made a pleasant change from crisps and were enjoyed by all members of the family.
The only thing to note about these - and this is something which applies to most salty snacks - is that they are quite dry and personally I eat them with a drink in my hand too.
Wheat Flour, Rapeseed Oil, Sea Salt, Dextrose, Dried Yeast.
Each 30g serving contains Calories 116 6%, Sugar 0.2g <1%, Fat 1.1g 2%, Saturates 0.1g <1%, Salt 0.8g 13% of an adult's guideline daily amounts.
A 175g pack contains 5-6 servings of pretzels.
Suitable for Vegetarians
These snacks were produced in a nut-free factory
A 175g bag of Penn State Salted Pretzels is available at Sainsburys for £1.60 and £1.59 at Tesco.
So long as you don't over-indulge in these (bearing in mind the salt content) I think these make a great snack and offer something different and interesting. If you like the taste of pretzels then give these a go. They are one of the nicest pretzels I've had.
Since the sharing bag provides up to six servings then I would say they are also very good value for money.
These are my fave brand of pretzels! I have tried a few others, supermarkets own etc, but these in my opinion are the best. They are just the right amount of crunchy with just the right amount of salt.
Personally I prefer these original salted ones but there are other flavours available. Most supermarkets seem to stock them (I have seeen them in Asds, Sainsburys, Morrisons & Tesco) at varying prices. I bought some just yesterday in Sainsburys which were on offer at only 79p for the 175g bag. Prices can generally vary from about £1 upwards however.
They will last a couple of days once the bag is open, providing you scrunch it closed in between snacking, but to be honest they don't normally last more than one day in my house! I tend to eat them just on their own, but they are also nice with a little sour cream dip or anything like that really. They are lovely to snack on whilst enjoying a few alcoholic beverages and I also often have these instead of popcorn when watching a film. I assume they are slightly better for you than crisps - at least that's what i tell myself!
Pretzels are something that not everyone likes, it is a bit of an odd taste I suppose, but if you've never tried them give them a whirl!
I am currently trying to eat a little healthier but it doesn't seem to last long as my biggest downfall is crisps! As I work long hours in a pretty boring job I tend to just want to snack throughout the day so I decided I had to find something better than a bag of crisps or peanuts. At Christmas time my mum would always buy packets of pretzels and I absolutely adore them, but they weren't something that was usually readily available throughout the year. However, Asda (and other large supermarkets) now seem to sell them all year round so I have started buying them to replace my other snacks.
Penn State Pretzels come in a foil packet which will keep them fresh once opened. On the front of the packet there is a large picture of a bowl full of the pretzels and at the top it tells us that the pretzels are "baked with an authentic American recipe". As with most packaging these days there is a small nutritional guide on the bottom which tells us the content per 25g serving:
* Calories 94
* Sugar 0.6g
* Fat 1.0g
* Saturates 0.1g
* Salt 0.6g
The pretzels are large, round and twisted into a knot type shape. I would describe them as smooth in texture with small grains of crunchy white salt on top of them. Pretzels are quite dry to eat so I would definately advise you to have a drink on hand when eating them. I really like how salty the pretzels are which probably not really a good thing but it does make you drink more. I like how the crunchiness of the pretzels does kind of make me think I am eating crisps because while I do really enjoy pretzels its not quite the same as a bag of crisps!
As they are giant pretzels I do find that I normally only need two or three to satisfy my snack craving but they are quite moreish so sometimes it is a little difficult to stop eating them! There are other varieties available, standard size pretzels, sour cream and chive or sweet and spicy salsa flavours. I have never tried any of these as I can't imagine flavoured pretzels. I'll stick to the original salted. A bad of Penn State Pretzels is usually priced at around £1.49 at most supermarkets.
All in all I would really recommend Penn State Pretzels as a good alternative to other more unhealthy snacks but they still just remind me of Christmas!
Thank you for reading my review.
I'm a big fan of salted pretzels and usually when we want to get some in our weekly shop 'Penn State' is the brand to pick up (it's either that or supermarket's own). The 'Original Sea Salted Giant Pretzels' pack comes in a 175g bag with the recognizable 'Penn State' logo at the top, the product name below that in a dark red font and a photo of the large pretzels taking up the rest of the front. This packaging is very noticeable in the shops and the photo gives you a good idea of how large these pretzels are. The package keeps these pretzels fresh enough, and I should mention it's best to finish the pack 2 days after opening them otherwise they taste a bit stale.
Each pretzel is exactly like a normal-sized one, but with the diameter of a digestive biscuit- so they aren't "giant" like the ones in bakeries, but definitely thrice the size of a normal Penn State pretzel. They are a smooth, light brown colour with large salt crystals covering them, so they look very nice to chomp onto!
When you bite into these pretzels you'll notice they have a crunchy texture which becomes smooth after a lot of chewing. The taste is a nice balance of the plain baked pretzel base mixed with the salt crystals, making it salty enough to not be overpowering. With each one being the size that they are eating quite a few of these should fill you up for a while!
Overall the Penn State Giant Pretzels are an excellent savoury snack. Obviously if you want to watch what you eat it's best to be careful of these due to the high salt content. You can find them at ASDA for £1.10 or Sainsburys and Tesco for £1.29, which I think is decent value for the amount available!
Penn State Pretzels are a renound brand within the pretzel world, there are not many supermarket brands out there so this one tends to be only one is some supermarkets apart from their own brand. These are a great alternative to crisps providing you like a salty snack and are happy with the flavours.
These come in large 175g bags, although these are half full of air to deceit you slightly into thinking there is more content than there actually is. The pretzels are shiny in appearance with little salt cubes attached to each individual pretzel. The inside of the bag is foil lined to keep freshness and the exterior has a simple photo of a bowl of pretzels.
Most of the top supermarkets, Tesco Ocado Sainsburys sell these for £1.29 per 175 gram bag. Asda do not stock these as they have their own brand. These I feel are fairly good value for money as these will not be as easy a process to make as say crisps are. As these are specialist food I think this is a fair price.
About the taste?
These can to some taste dry but this is part of the pretzel experience hence why they are in a lot of bars in America to encourage people to drink more. These are really delicious I find, this brand is quite salty but I like this in all my savoury snacks. These taste great with a nice bottle of beer but again this is preference.
These are a healthier alternative to ready salted crisps; the fat content is miles better having only 4.1g per 100 grams with sat fat bring 0.4g per 100 grams, 376kcal per 100 grams of Pretzel. These are not bad for you apart from the salt content so I suppose this is something to watch out for having 3g per 100 grams. Another thing to note is the protein level at 10.5g per 100 g.
These are a healthier alternative to crisps, great snack for eating with beer, high in protein
I love all sorts of snacky foods and usually on a weekly shop will buy lots of bags of crisps to work my way through. However I am trying to bin that rather unhealthy diet and so when I spotted these thought that I would try and ween myself off slow and get something instead of my usual crispy delights to try out!
Mainly black foil and plastic bag and on the front of said bag there is a photograph of the pretzels and I am told that they are Penn State Original Sea Salted Giant Pretzels 'Baked with an authentic American Recipe' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. On the back of the bag other information listed includes being told the ingredients and allergy advice is given, there is a full nutritional chart shown, the size is stated (which in this case is 150g), I am told that they are suitable for Vegetarians and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Nice enough bag, easy to open, however they are not easy to reseal!
Large and round these light golden/brown 'knots' are smooth and shiny in texture with little grains of hard white rock salt all over them. Made from wheat flour these are crunchy and fresh tasting and a bit bread like in flavour and although you can visibly see the salt on them they really are not harshly salted but pleasantly so.
These are light, crunchy and terribly moreish and full of good quality and flavour! I like these and will certainly purchase them again in the not too distant future!
Nutritional Information Per 25g Serving:
Available in all good supermarkets etc priced at about £1.00 a bag.