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I have a serious digestive illness that restricts my diet. Luckily soft pretzels are still a safe food for me. I often eat a dozen or more soft pretzels a month.

I hope you find my opinions valuable if you are looking for a good soft pretzel in my home city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Pretzel BakerTasteReheat qualityPriceNotes
Wawa10unknown80 cents each 2 for 1.49 (75 cents each)Clear winner, no doubt in my mind, perfect moisture, texture, and salt
Jim’s Pretzels98.51.25 each / 10 dollars for 20 (50 cents each)At the end of Woodhaven Rd (63)
Philly Soft Pretzel Factory88 regular / 0 minis75 cents for 1, buy more less per pretzelAll over Philadelphia and vicinity - pretzel weighs less than all others?!?
Avoid the mini soft pretzels if you care about calories or reheating. Their mini pretzels are NOT reheatable!
Center City Pretzel8950 cents each no bulk discountBakery has a special culture -- worth a visit
Acme Special ** 107.56 for 1.99 (33 cents each)They taste like onion bagels in pretzel form, minced onions a bit greasy
Trader Joes **8.582.49 for 4 (.62 cents each)In frozen section, they have a decent taste, like a German pretzel, and seem higher in nutrition reading ingredients

** These are supermarket sold pretzels, they are not ranked in my order of my opinion on taste/quality

When I reheat a frozen pretzel, I put it in a wet cloth or a paper towel and reheat it on high for 49 seconds or so in a 900 watt microwave. Why 49 seconds? My digits 4 and 9 are adjacent to each other on my microwave.

When you get fresh pretzels and want to save them, freeze them as soon as you can. I believe the longer you freeze your pretzels, the more moisture they lose, so eat them within a couple months of purchase.

I cannot tolerate pretzels with a lot of butter, so they are not on my list (Auntie Anne's / Reading Terminal Amish).

Winner! Wawa Soft Pretzels!

They have their own bakery. I have not found a way to buy them cheap in bulk for freezing and reheating.

A Wawa pretzel outside of a Wawa convenience store