Snyder’s of Hanover. Do these pretzels come from Germany and who on earth is Snyder? No to the first and, to the second well, it’s time to learn something …
Hanover Foods Corporation, founded in 1909, and a separate pretzel bakery founded by Helen and William Snyder were distributing snack foods separately until they merged in the 1960s. These humble beginnings spawned what is now the global leader in pretzel sales. Oh, and the name means Hanover, Pennsylvania. But it was named after Hannover, Germany, so we’re straight.
My first thought as I checked the contents of the bag was “Damn, that’s yellow”. And the first thought as I put a pretzel piece in my mouth is “Damn, that’s delicious”. And the first thought after crunching the hell out of one of these is “Damn, I didn’t know pretzels came in PIECES”.
Honestly, the section at the bottom that reads “Pretzel PIECES” (yes, huge and all-caps) completely escaped me. But, rather than think of myself as a flighty nitwit, I am very appreciative of the surprise. Because the texture of pretzel pieces takes away everything I dislike about the pretzel-eating experience. That shape can get awkward depending on the size of the pretzel and the exterior is so smooth it has zero flavor other than the salty protrusions.
These bad boys have the crisp and crunch of broken-up bits of a pretzel. It’s uh-mazing. I am so excited about this discovery that I am greasing up my keyboard with little to no qualms.
Biting into a Snyder’s of Hanover Honey Mustard & Onion pretzel piece gives you the immediate tangy rush of honey mustard. They recreate the beloved condiment’s trademark sweetness a moment after that (seriously, people who work in food labs are genius) and, true to real life, the onion flavor comes last and linger long after the pretzel is swallowed. How do they do it?
Delicious, crunchy and remarkably realistic, eating these pretzels tastes just like dipping the real thing into some real sauce.
To be honest with you, my dear readers, I rarely eat the entire package of the foods I sample (except for that delicious hot dog). They aren’t that healthy and I try to be conscious of it. However, these pretzel pieces were so good I ate an entire half of the bag before giving up. Just take a peek at the nutrition info to see why this is not only impressive, but a testament to how great this snack tastes!
Nutrition Info (per bag)
|Calories||560, 28% DV|
|Total Fat||28g, 44% DV|
|Sodium||960mg, 40% DV|
*These calculations are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, which is indulgent and wholly unrealistic.