Snack pretzels are far from my favorite food. You will never find a bag of pretzels in my house; I just don’t eat them. I enjoy the bagged pretzel’s cousin, the soft pretzel, but they are kinda like Big Foot—I don’t cross paths with them often. So when Thomas’ sent me a bag of Pretz-a-bagels this week to celebrate National Pretzel Week, I was intrigued. We’re no stranger to Thomas’ around here. I’ve been enjoying the nooks and crannies on their English muffins for years, and Jenn just ran, er, walked a half marathon for team Thomas, so I had a sneaking suspicion that I’d like this hybrid snack. And I did. Darnit, I did.
The 120-calorie mini bagels come in a 10-pack, with a tiny bag of that extra-special pretzel salt should you need it. And while not nutritional powerhouses or anything—you get 4 grams of protein and less than 1 gram of fiber—you can always add some natural peanut butter or a slice of cheese to up the nutritional value for a snack your kiddos will love. They truly are a perfect blend of soft bagel with that special pretzel taste. And the crunch of the added salt? I am a sucker for these things.
While you have to watch these puppies for the sodium count—11 percent of your daily value unsalted and up to 20 percent when you add some of that salt—they’re a portion-controlled pretzel fix, which is great if you’re the type who unknowingly eats hundreds of regular pretzels in one sitting. I have a sneaking suspicion that I’ll be looking for these at my grocery store on occasion, and I may not be able to wait until National Pretzel Day 2012. —Erin