Kim and Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels sent me some of their gluten-free soft pretzels for review.
That’s right – SOFT pretzels…
And they are.
I can’t remember the last time I had a soft pretzel. I can, however, remember eating soft pretzels in Germany and Austria, and in New York City. In Germany and Austria, my junior year of high school, I was so sick all I could eat was the pretzels, which I totally loved. Too bad I didn’t know that it was the pretzels that were making me sick.
But it looks like I now have a soft pretzel option again (without having to bake it myself…because I don’t).
With just a tiny hint of sweetness, the Gluten-Free Bavarian Soft Classic Pretzels really hit the spot. There are 8 different flours used in the mix, so the flavor has that hint of whole grain, but feels like a starch (each serving provides 5 grams of whole grains). There is no grittiness, and the pretzels are not dry and crumbly inside. They are soft and delectable.
The pretzels come unsalted, with a salt packet, and you can salt them as much as you want. Trust me, there is plenty of pretzel salt for even the craziest of salt-fiends, like my father. I used a third of the packet, had plenty on the pretzels and a ton on the plate.
Corice awoke from a nap to find herself alone with Mommy and two soft pretzels. At least I can say I didn’t eat them all by myself. :) I had to keep reminding her that she couldn’t eat them all by herself.
“Our Ingredients: Gluten Free Flour Blend (Tapioca Flour, Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Granulated Sugar, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Sorghum Flour, Millet Flour, Quinoa Flour, Amaranth Flour, Teff Flour, Baking Powder and Quar Gum), Eggs, Filtered Water, Canola Oil, Yeast, Soda. Contains: Egg
Individuals with food allergies: Made in a facility that processes foods containing wheat and milk. Kim & Scott’s is a nut-free facility.”
I asked about cross-contact precautions, since they are made in a facility with wheat.
“Gluten Free pretzels are produced on clean and sanitized equipment as first product of the day. All gluten free packaging materials and ingredients are segregated from standard stocks. No additional production is initiated until all GF is packaged.”
It sounds like they are definitely on the right track. This is often the right steps taken as small bakeries begin with gluten-free products. Personally, I would like to encourage Kim & Scott’s to pursue the GFCO certification. And perhaps one day, they will have enough production to move to a separate facility.
Kim & Scott’s has a $1.00 off coupon on their site, good for all of their products, including the gluten-free pretzels.