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San Diego Pretzel

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To Glove or Not To Glove

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The following comment was posted on our San Diego Pretzel Co. Facebook page.


Watching Unwrapped on the Cooking Channel and you seem to have a great product, I just wish that your employees would wear gloves when handling the dough... I have been in food service for 35 years and have never gone without gloves... it's the best thing you can do for your customers next to making a great product.....Justmyopinion!!


Our Answer

Hi Mickey,

I’m glad you brought up a contentious issue taking place in the food industry – when to wear gloves, and, perhaps,not to wear them at all.

On our TV segment, Unwrapped2.0, our staff are not wearing gloves while working with the raw dough.   But they’re wearing them while packaging.  It’s much easier to roll pretzels without gloves, and any pathogens that may be on the raw dough arekilled when the pretzels go into the ovens.  Baking literally sterilizes the pretzels.However, after the pretzels are baked off, our staffmust wear gloves to package the pretzels (health department regulations) as the finished product can potentially be contaminated by dirty hands with no longer a means of sterilization.   You may not have noticed all the staff wearing gloves while boxing the pretzels.

However, many food service professionals including health inspectorsquestion the usage of disposable gloves in commercial kitchens.  Here’s a list of the pros and cons:


1.      Gloves are clean when you first put them on.

2.      Glove manufacturers, petroleum manufacturers, and a host of other industries earn extra money by selling disposable gloves to commercial food facilities.

3.      More jobs are created.


1.      In place of workers concentrating on washing and keeping their hands clean at all times, they slip on a pair of rubber gloves.

2.      While cutting, pieces of rubber or plastic gloves find their way into the finished food product especially if the glove is too big.   Many food companies use a “one size fits all” glove that doesn’t live up to its tag line. 

3.      Food service personnel have no way to determine if the gloves they’re wearing are still clean except by looking at them.  Without gloves, tactile sensors letus know when hands are sticky.  We can feel before our eyes can see the dirt.

4.      Gloves cost consumers millions of dollars by raising the food cost as they’re an extra added expense.

5.      Disposable gloves are a major pollutant. Every day, commercial kitchens throughout our country are currently piling upmountains of used plastic and rubber gloves including their packaging.

There was a time when wooden cutting boards were banned from commercial kitchens in favor of plastic cutting boards.  Now wooden cutting boards are back as it’s been found that they harbor less bacteria.  Also, the microscopic wood fibers that get into food are safe to consume as opposed to microscopic plastic fibers. 

I believe it’s now time to get the unneeded, costly, hazardous gloves out of our commercial kitchens, and get back to handwashing - simple, safe, cost effective, and environmentally friendly.

What do you think?

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Beer & Pretzel Pairing #2 - SD International Beer Fest 2013

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Beer Pairing #2 - San Diego International Beer Fest at The San Diego Fair

Beer: Karl Strauss Boardwalk Black Rye IPA

Pretzel: NY Style Traditional 5 oz with Chocolate Rum Sauce and Bacon Candy


Our second beer and pretzel pairing was a Soft Pretzel with a Chocolate Rum Sauce and Bacon Candy with a Black Rye IPA. Seriously, Pretzel, Chocolate and Bacon, kinda tough to find the right dark beer to balance the strong competing flavors in a dish. The Black Rye IPA is a bold and spicy ale with a strong West Coast Hop flavor and aroma. The complexity of the caramel and spicy flavors lends itself well to chocolate sauces. Similar to our first pairing, we feel that the hoppy characteristics balance well with a little spice, and our Bacon Candy recipe has a large amount of cayenne red pepper to complete this pairing.


The Chocolate Sauce is based on his Award Winning Chocolate Kahlua Cream sauce developed by our founder and Chief Pretelzogist - Harris Golden.

The Chocolate sauce recipe may be found here on our website, and simply substitute 1/4 Cup of Myer's Dark Rum for the Kahlua in the recipe.



Bacon Candy Crumbles


3/4 Cup Chopped Bacon
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon



In a Skillet or Frying pan, cook about 6-8 pieces of Bacon until 2/3 to 3/4 done. Remove Bacon from Skillet and Chop into small pieces. Drain Skillet of any additional bacon fat.

In a medium bowl, combine the Brown Sugar, Cayenne and Cinnamon and mix well.

Add the chopped, mostly cooked bacon into the dry mix and thoroughly dredge all pieces.

Place the coated bacon back in the skillet and cook for about 5-8 minutes until all of the pieces are caramelized.

Using a bakers rack with paper towels underneath, empty the finished pieces on the the rack so that any excess fat may drain. Transfer the Bacon Pieces from the rack while still hot (or they will stick on the rack) onto a piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil.


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Beer & Pretzel Pairing #1 - SD International Beer Fest 2013

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Beer Pairing #1 - Beer Fest at The San Diego Fair

Beer: Ballast Point Fathom Imperial Pale Lager

Pretzel: NY Style Traditional 5 oz with Spicy Queso Lager Sauce


Our first beer and pretzel pairing was a custom cheese sauce made with Lager and an Imperial Pale Lager. An Imperial Pale Lager is a Lager beer that has Hoppy characteristics more commonly found in India Pale Ales( IPA). We found that the clean finish of the lager left a pleasing palate, while the hoppiness helped to balance out the heat of the Habanero Cheddar Cheese and Jamaican Crushed Red Peppers. The addition of Ballast Point Longfin Lager helped solidify the clean finish when paired with the IPL.


Here is the Recipe...



Spicy Queso Lager Sauce


1/3 cup  Flour
1/3 cup  Butter
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
2.5 Cups   Milk
0.5 Cups Heavy Cream
12 oz Ballast Point Longfin Lager (divided)
8 oz Gruyere Cheese, Shredded
3 oz Habanero Sharp White Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
8 oz Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
1 teaspoon Eaton's Jamaican Crushed Peppers
Salt/ White Pepper to taste



In a 3 Quart Pot, begin by making a Roux, On Medium heat, melt butter, then combine Cayenne and Flour. Stir for 3-5 minutes until a nice caramel/brown color.

Next add the milk, a little at a time, using a whisk to incorporate the Roux with the milk. Add cream and 8 oz of the 12 oz can of Lager. Bring to a boil, stiring constantly until it begins to thicken, about 6-9 minutes. Reduce temperature to LOW.

Add Shredded Cheese, Eaton's Hot Sauce, and the remaining 4 oz of Lager. Stir in a figure 8 fashion until well blended and cheese is melted. Use a whisk if neccessary to get proper consistency of the sauce, add salt and White Pepper to taste...





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California Adventure - Carsland

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The San Diego Pretzel Company is proud to announce that it's latest offering - Pretzel Puffs, can now be found at Disney's Carlsand section of their California Adventure Theme Park. The golden brown bite size treats are offered at the Cone Zone Food Court, in the Cozy Cone Motel.

You can find the pretzel puffs in Cone #4.

We are very pleased that Disney selected our all natural handmade product to offer their guests.

Be sure to stop by and get a traffic cone full of America's Finest Soft Pretzels the next time you are at Carsland!


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Same Great Pretzels, Fancy New Names

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As the twisted world of the San Diego Pretzel Company evolves, we decided to re-brand some of our pretzel items. Rest assured these are the same exact pretzels as before, we just gave them more of a geographic identity.

Twisted Traditional is now NY Style Traditional Soft Pretzels

Bavarian Multigrain is now Golden State Multigrain

We also updated our other icon for our Authentic Munich Soft Pretzels.

The new artwork for our online offerings are part of a new project, with details coming soon.

Stay Twisted!


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New Pretzel Dips Page

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We are often asked which toppings do we recommend to go with our soft pretzels. While we have a number of serving suggestions and recipes for serving our pretzels (, there are only a few recipes for dips, such as Honey Mustard and Hummus. A new page was developed to showcase some of our favorite brands, and each item is linked to a page at Amazon so that you can see how the item is packaged and it's appearance, many of these are available at your favorite local grocer or specialty store, in addition to

You can check out the new page by clicking here->

Happy Dipping!


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New Online Store Items

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If you haven't been to our online store lately, now is the time to check it out!

We recently added our newest soft pretzel offering, the Munich Pretzel. This pretzel has the same amazing flavor and freshness of our Twisted Traditional recipe, but in a more German shape with a wide bottom and slit. This addition, in the classic "Oktoberfest" shape, is sure to be a hit with pretzel fans everywhere!

Another new item in our online store, is that any bag of pretzels can now have a 1.4 oz Jar of Stone Ground Mustard added to any pretzel bag order. This is the same great California made mustard that we include with each of our Jumbo Bavarian Gift Box orders.



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Comic Con 3010?

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It’s that time of the year again! Get your anime costumes and light sabers ready because the San Diego ComicCon is right around the corner! We’re preparing the finest ingredients and stocking up our pretzel carts for all the twisted people at the convention!

While watching an episode of the hilarious show, Futurama, we noticed something particular about a couple of scenes. He spotted our soft pretzels being enjoyed by Leela along with a pretzel cart and employees during Comic-Con in the year of 3010! Leela sure has good taste in food.

So, like Futurama, don’t forget to visit Comic-Con, grab one of our soft pretzels, and of course, wear your favorite character’s costume!


Left: San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con 3010. Right: Fry, Leela, and Amy walking towards Ballroom 20 and SDPC Pretzel cart (people in red shirts).


Leela eating a San Diego Pretzel Company soft pretzel while talking to Lrr during the costume contest.

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The Pretzel Mobile

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Watch out San Diego, the pretzel mobile is on the streets! We recently “wrapped” up our delivery van with colorful graphics of the beautiful San Diego skyline and our scrumptious soft pretzels! The pretzel mobile is out on the road 5 days a week, and delivers soft pretzels all around the county to our local customers. If you happen to see the van, give us a wave! Or simply follow us to great pretzels!


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New Wall Mural

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A few weeks ago a new addition to our bakery was painted onto the side wall of the building. Our team is so excited about this newly added element! We had the pretzel mural done by Dano of Dano Designs- a local artist that is well known for window paintings throughout Southern California. Now, our new Giant Traditional Bavarian Pretzel can help us welcome our will call and walk in customers! While at the same time the mural adds to our overall fun, and approachable theme. So, if you are ever in the neighborhood, come over and take a look! You might end up leaving with some yummy, twisted treats!


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Certified Gluten Enriched

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Certified Gluten Enriched

By Harris Golden

My recent visit to the Natural Products Expo West 2011 has been for me the straw that broke the camel’s back. Oh! I’m sorry. Straw, camel, that’s old hat. I’ll start over. My recent visit to the Natural Products Expo West 2011 was the tipping point.

I really need to say something about food fads that turn us into automatons chasing one food after another. Either we “must not” eat this or we “have to” eat that. Sometimes the hysteria can be fatal for an entire food industry (Google: Cranberry Scare of 1959).The following is a list of food products that in the past have been labeled “No Good For You!”: beef, pork, chicken (especially dark meat), dairy products, pasta, soy, spinach, eggs, peanuts, butter, sugar, salt, coconuts, and the list goes on and on. Oh! I almost forgot the beverages: can’t drink soda, tap water, milk, all alcoholic beverages, coffee, and tea. We’re pretty much guaranteed that at least one or two of these products listed will soon be back in favor. Perhaps it will be coffee? No doubt, it dehydrates and over-stimulates. Or will it be salt? Watch that high blood pressure!

Want to know the latest food fad? GLUTEN Everywhere I turned at the Natural Products Expo a sign was proclaiming “Gluten Free”. There was a plethora of gluten-free cookbooks, gluten-free breads, muffins, pastries, pastas, and pizzas. There’s an entire new industry that certifies food companies so they can proudly display their influential signage: “Certified Gluten-Free”. There was even a gluten-free soft pretzel at the expo that tasted like a box of cornstarch. That pretzel was my tipping point. It should be. After all, I make pretzels for a living.

I must admit making pretzels is a twisted business, but they’re delicious and good for us as long as we’re not eating pretzels for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Every pretzel contains a dosage of gluten - a healthy, natural, vegetarian based protein found in such grains as wheat, oats, barley, and rye. That stuff was always soooo good for us. Also, gluten gives us the magnificent chew in finely baked breads and rolls, and gives rise to the “al dente” in perfectly cooked pasta. Gluten is GREAT! What happened?

So how did gluten ascend to the top of the hit list? Not unlike being allergic to peanuts, dairy products, and other foods, a very small percentage of the populace has a disorder called Celiac disease whereby they can’t digest gluten. For those people, avoiding gluten is not a fad. It actually stops the disease. There are no typical signs for the disease, and most people who possess it have general complaints such as abdominal pain, bloating, depression, skin rash, and the list goes on. As a result, Celiac disease is not easy to self-diagnose. All of the symptoms can be found from a host of other disorders including overeating, indigestion, and stress. At present, gluten is the culprit for just about every eating disorder, real or imagined, as it can sell books and put new products on the market. Mmm…I guess that’s not so bad - stimulating the economy. There’s also something else about gluten that wins hands down compared to the old culprits: meat, dairy, and eggs. Gluten is “New”. It’s a word many people never heard. It draws attention and is a perfect bogeyman. No doubt, in time, this mania shall pass. Then there will be another victim - perhaps hot dogs? Sorry Oscar Meyer. I do love a juicy hot dog with mustard, sauerkraut, and grilled onions, but you know you’re always vulnerable to CHOLESTEROL. If it was my choice to pick out the next public food enemy number one, I would simply change the word from gluten to glutton.

I truly sympathize with those who have severe food allergies. It can be very difficult to be on a restrictive diet, especially when trying to dine out. But, for the millions of allergy free “Joe Eaters”, here are some mouth-watering, words of wisdom: “In all things not too much,” said Socrates, and likewise, Aristotle spoke of the “Golden Mean.” What these great philosophers were saying over two thousand years ago holds true today. If we stay within the bounds of extremes, chances are we will stay out of trouble. Work, play, exercise, relax, and enjoy all the pleasures of the palate…including pretzels, of course. After all, pretzels are “Certified Gluten Enriched”.

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Facebook Photo Contest 2/23-3/16

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Here is your chance to show us where you would like to see our pretzels being sold and win some of your own!</span>


1.      Print out designated pretzel picture.


2.      Take a picture of the pretzel in front of where you would like to see them being sold or of yourself in

         front of where they are already being sold.

3.      Email, Facebook Message, or Tweet the picture to us with your name and email address.

4.      We will post the picture on our Facebook page.

5.      Encourage your friends and others to "like" your picture.

6.      The picture with the most “Likes” will win one item from our online retail store*.

7.      The contest dates are from 2/23/11-3/16/11, winner will be posted on 3/17/11.

*Winner will receive an online coupon good for one item shipped within the 50 US states.

Send Photos To:

 twitter - @sandiegopretzel


-The San Diego Pretzel Company Team

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January Pretzel Tours

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One of our favorite moments at the pretzel factory is providing tours to the public. We greatly enjoy our visitors and educating the world about soft pretzels. Of course we practice good succession planning in developing top performing pretzel rollers too! Check out our recent photos on our Facebook page  -  These 1st and 2nd graders rolled some pretty awesome pretzels!


The topping selection is always exciting for us too! Yesterday we saw a Traditional soft pretzel with cinnamon sugar, hot fudge and caramel sauce, it looked delicious!

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Soft Pretzel Pudding Recipes and More...

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While soft pretzels are scrumptious plain or with pretzel salt, we are always searching for new and creative ways to serve our favorite twisted treats. 

We recently doubled the size of the recipes and pretzel serving suggestions. New recipes such as Soft Pretzel Pudding, Soft pretzels with a Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce and Cream Cheese are delicious ways to serve your pretzels at home or in your restaurant.They also make for great appetizers and desserts for your favorite football game gathering.

You can see our updated recipe page here:


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Soft Pretzel Fundraiisng

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We just put up a new web page on our site - Soft Pretzel Fundraising.

Soft pretzels are a unique, healthy and delicious snack that can be sold by your school or organization to raise money. We offer wholesale pricing to your organization and even deliver free in San Diego County with a minimum purchase.

You can learn more about our program here:

Happy Selling!

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Serving Soft Pretzels Made Easy

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Did you know we have detailed heating and serving instructions now online?

Heating and enjoying soft pretzels is an easy preparation process. The San Diego Pretzel Company authentic Bavarian soft pretzels are versatile and can be heated in a variety of equipment from microwaves to ovens to camp stoves or grills!

While we always recommend that lightly moistening the pretzel with water is the healthiest preparation, we have had lots of customer feedback for everything from brushed butter to honey butter to molasses or carmel sauce.

To access our instructions click here.

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New Recipe Web Page

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Today we posted some serving suggestions and recipes for great ways to serve up your favorite twisted treats. This will be an ongoing section to our website, and we greatly appreciate feedback and suggestions. How do you like to serve your soft pretzel?

You can reach us at our contact page or via direct email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can see the new pages by clicking below:

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New Online Pretzels

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We are pleased to announce that we will be offering two new soft pretzel selections in our online store.

Our new pretzels are:

Bavarian Multigrain Soft Pretzel 5.5 Oz 8 Ct bag - Tantalize your taste buds with our authentic Bavarian Multigrain soft pretzels filled with millet, barley, corn, triticale, and rye for a crunchy,   high-fiber, healthy snack. 


Philly Soft Pretzel 5.5 Oz 8 Ct bag -We’ve taken our finest authentic Bavarian pretzels, and made them in the classic Philadelphia style to achieve that dense flavor and incredible chew. The Philly pretzels are rolled in pairs, to ensure you always get an “end” pretzel.


Both selections are currently available at and will be available directly on our website in the next few weeks.

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