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 Baker||Taste||Reheat quality||Price||Notes|
|Wawa||10||unknown||80 cents each 2 for 1.49 (75 cents each)||Winner, great moisture, texture, and salt - tops my list due to easy availability|
|Soft Pretzels Inc (opens new window)||10||9||50 cents each price improves with bulk||Just as good as Wawa, different, like childhood favorites - eaten by NASA astronauts in space - hard to get to bakery when open - 4315 N 3rd St. Zip code: 19140|
|Jim’s Pretzels||9||8.5||1.25 each / 10 dollars for 20 (50 cents each)||At the end of Woodhaven Rd (right off PA State Road 63) 1899 Byberry Road Zip code 19116|
|Philly Soft Pretzel Factory||8||8 regular / 0 minis||75 cents for 1, buy more less per pretzel||All 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 Pretzel||8||9||50 cents each no bulk discount||Bakery has a special culture -- worth a visit|
|Acme Special **||10||7.5||6 for 1.99 (33 cents each)||They taste like onion bagels in pretzel form, minced onions a bit greasy|
|Trader Joes **||8.5||8||2.49 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).
They have their own bakery. I have not found a way to buy them cheap in bulk for freezing and reheating.