09 May 2011

Pretzel Crisps® - Rethink Your Pretzel!

My Dear Friends,

I'm addicted to pretzels.  They're so versatile and can be flavored so many ways.  They're as perfect with sweets like chocolate or cinnamon as they are with savory flavors like garlic or a hot spice.  

The fantastic people at Pretzel Crisps® sent me a few bags of their pretzels to try.  Now, Pretzel Crisps® aren't ordinary pretzels.  They're flat, like chips.  
The flavors can be put into three categories:

Deli Style, Modern Classics & Holiday Indulgents

Deli Style features the following flavors:

Original - Try with salsa, hummus, chili, cheese, peanut butter and all your favorite dips, or for an off-beat sweet treat, dip ‘em in chocolate, ice cream or yogurt. The “just right” baked flavor is also a healthy crunch all by itself.

Everything - Sprinkled generously with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onions and garlic with just a pinch of salt, more than lives up to its name. Delicious with nearly every spread, they’re diversely dippable, and just as satisfying by the handful.

Garlic Parmesan - A zingy twist on an old favorite, with great gourmet taste from naturally wholesome ingredients. The best part of the pretzel – that satisfying flavor and crunch – is crispy thin and baked with a light, savory garlic flavor for big flavor in a light, crispy snack.
Enjoy them straight from the bag, or dip your crisp into a hummus or creamy cheese dip.
(These are my absolute favorite!)

Sesame - Lightly toasted to bring out the sesame seed’s essential oils, adding a healthy kick to the delicious crunch. Sesame seeds are naturally rich in iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, calcium, vitamin B1, E and a good source of lignans (phytoestrogens with antioxidant and anti-cancer properties).

Buffalo Wing - What a crowd pleaser! Everyone loves the spicy flavor sprinkled right on top of each crisp. Try Buffalo Wing with ranch dip, blue cheese dressing, cheddar or cream cheese spreads, and as a zesty partner for celery sticks.

Modern Classics features the following flavors:

Classic - Perfectly salted, they're a modern twist on an old favorite. They’re the best part of the pretzel – all the flavor and crunch you love – but lighter, crispier and more versatile than ever before.

Supreme - Sprinkled with a crafted blend of garlic, onion, and poppy, caraway and sesame seeds, each light, crispy batch delivers all the flavor you’d expect from a great snack.

Tuscan Three Cheese - Sprinkled with all natural romano, asiago and parmesan cheese flavors. The result? A light, crispy, versatile snack that’s quite possibly the most sumptuous pretzel you’ve ever tasted.

Cinnamon Toast - Sprinkled with just the right amount of imported cinnamon and cane sugar, the final results are equally sweet and savory.

Holiday Indulgent features the following flavors:
Dark Chocolate & Peppermint - We’ve dipped our all natural, thin and irresistibly crunchy Pretzel Crisps® in a rich, velvety dark chocolate coating and then sprinkled each one with a delicate burst of refreshing peppermint candy pieces. The perfect combination of sweet indulgence and salty crunch!

White Chocolate & Peppermint - Dipped in a rich, creamy, white chocolate flavored coating and then sprinkled each one with a delicate burst of refreshing peppermint candy pieces. 

One feature I really enjoy on the Pretzel Crisps® website is the "Pretzel Pairings" - a page that features interesting & tasty things to try on your Pretzel Crisps®.  They also offer eight different Dip Recipes that compliment your Pretzel Crisps®.

I was most impressed by co-creator Emily Mitchell's letter to potential buyers.  Here is the letter, verbatim, from the website:
Pretzel Crisps®: Excellent Food for Healthy Eating
As a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, I am always looking for great portable snack ideas for my clients to help them maintain or achieve a healthy lifestyle. Pretzels Crisps® are a great alternative to potato chips and other snack foods. They contain 110 calories per serving and no fat (10-11 crisps) compared with 150 calories and 10 gram of fat (1 g saturated) per one ounce serving for potato chips.
The American Dietetic Association and American Heart Association recommends that the public should not consume trans fat and keep saturated fat consumption to a minimum. The American Heart Association recommends that individuals attain five to nine serving of fruits and vegetables daily, as well. Studies show that trans fat and saturated fat contribute to heart disease and raising bad cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, the majority of my clients, as well as most Americans, find it difficult to reduce their calorie and fat intake without sacrificing taste. Pretzel Crisps® are a great option for my clients to maintain a heart healthy, low calorie diet.
For those with special medical needs like diabetes and/or high cholesterol, Pretzels Crisps® does not contain trans or saturated fats and have only 21-23 grams of carbohydrate per serving (1 ½ carbohydrate exchanges). People with diabetes can easily fit Pretzel Crisps® in carbohydrate meal plan as a snack or with a meals not raise blood glucose levels dramatically. They also do not contain any saturated and trans fat so they a great choice for those following a diet to reduce their cholesterol and manage their heart health.
Pretzel Crisps® easily fit in car glove compartments, lockers, backpacks, purses and desk drawers, making them great for travel or the “on the go” busy professional. These fat free and low calorie treats never sacrifice taste and definitely satisfy that “salt craving” we all house. Pretzel Crisps® come in a variety of different flavors so you never get bored. You can also add these crunchy and versatile snacks to your favorite yogurt, as a salad topper, or create something new on your own. Have fun with them. I know I do.
Emily Mitchell, MS, RD, CSSD, CDE
Registered Dietitian
Certified Sports Specialist Dietitian
Certified Diabetes Educator
You can connect with Pretzel Crisps® in a variety of ways.  
You can check out the full selection on their website
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Shop at any of the retailers below or order your Pretzel Crisps® online!

 *Pretzel Crisps® provided a few bags to review.  This post is based solely on facts from their website as well as my personal opinion.  No money was given for this review.  These are my personal opinions.

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