Thursday, October 24, 2013

San Diego Pretzel Company and a Giveaway


(Please Note, the Giveaway Portion is Now Closed.) Do you love soft pretzels? Then I’ve got a great Friday giveaway, open to all US residents, not just San Diegans!

Recently I was invited to tour the San Diego Pretzel Company. I had no idea that there was a soft pretzel making factory in San Diego.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know I love soft pretzels. My frustration over not being able to find the soft pretzels of my childhood led me to start making my own. When I first met the owners, a husband and wife team, with the husband a former executive chef and a Brooklyn native and the wife of German descent, I thought this could be promising. When they started talking about wanting to bring back the quality soft pretzels like the ones that used to be served on carts in NY, I wanted to hug them.


The San Diego company makes the traditional twisted NY pretzels, Philly pretzels, Munich pretzels, multi grain pretzels, pretzel rolls, and jumbo double twisted pretzels. (The top left ones with the fat bottom are the Munich ones, the top right is the multi-grain and the bottom one is the jumbo double twisted.)

In addition to supplying pretzel products to many restaurants and establishments in San Diego (Karl Strauss, Cohn restaurant group, just to name a few), their products can also be found in supermarkets like Whole Foods, Sprouts and Bristol Farms, and they are even sold at Disneyland. You can also buy their soft pretzel products from their online store or on Amazon. You can also order their pretzels for events and they also do some factory tours.

After our tour, my mouth was watering for pretzels, and luckily they sent us with a few to bring home to sample. We dug in pretty much a second after Mr. K turned on the engine of his car.


I loved how enormous the double twisted one was. It was also incredibly thick and fluffy because of the double twist method.

The Munich one was interesting. I’ve never had a German-style soft pretzel, but I was told they like them really dry, so there is no sugar in this dough at all. And you could definitely taste it. It isn’t so much that the dough is dry, but it leaves a dry aftertaste in your mouth. (The idea being that the pretzels are usually eaten with beer so you wash out the dryness with beer.) Not exactly my favorite, but then I’m not used to German-style soft pretzels. I did like the shape though.

We were given samples of the frozen NY style and Philly style which can be found in supermarkets. I was worried that they wouldn’t taste as good as the fresh ones we had, but they did. They were so easy to heat up. Five minutes in the oven and the pretzel skin was crisp and the inside soft. It took us only two days to polish off these pretzel samples and I’m craving more just writing this post.

After having a disappointing soft pretzel experience during my recent trip to NYC, I never would have thought I could find them right here in San Diego, but I’m so happy I did. I really hope this mom and pop factory continue to succeed in sharing quality soft pretzels everywhere. These pretzels definitely brought back happy childhood memories.

Now onto the giveaway. One of my lucky readers will receive one free pretzel product of their choice from San Diego Pretzel Company’s online store. I highly recommend the jumbo double twisted or the traditional twisted. This contest is only open to US residents. I will use random.org to generate the winner. The contest will end on Friday November 1, 2013 at 11:59 PST.

To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post, telling me which pretzel product you are most interested in trying.

For additional entries:

1. Like this post on Facebook. Then leave a separate comment at the bottom of this blog post telling me you’ve done so. Also include your FB handle if it’s not obvious. Make sure it is a separate comment from your initial comment entry, so that it is counted separately.

2. Follow me on Twitter and tweet the following “Win soft pretzel products from @kirbiecravings http://wp.me/p17wwJ-4V4” Then leave a separate comment at the end of this blog post with a link to the tweet. Make sure it is a separate comment from any of your other comment entries so that it is counted separately.

 

 

73 Responses to “San Diego Pretzel Company and a Giveaway”

  1. 1

    susan — October 24, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

    I grew up in Munich and I miss Bavarian pretzels like crazy, I wouldn’t mind winning a box. ????

  2. 2

    susan — October 24, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

    Umm and those question marks above were supposed to be a smiley. Weird…

    • Kirbie replied: — October 25th, 2013 @ 10:47 am

      Hmm that is strange, but thanks for letting me know. hehe

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    Jennifer — October 24, 2013 @ 11:06 pm

    the new york one!

  4. 4

    Catherine S — October 25, 2013 @ 12:31 am

    The NY style!

  5. 5

    Catherine S — October 25, 2013 @ 12:31 am

    Liked on FB!

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    Catherine S — October 25, 2013 @ 12:33 am

    Tweeted! https://twitter.com/catsh1/status/393656350829338624

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    Jessica — October 25, 2013 @ 1:27 am

    I am a Philly pretzel person!

  8. 8

    Jessica — October 25, 2013 @ 1:27 am

    And post liked

  9. 9

    Cathy — October 25, 2013 @ 5:41 am

    I saw these sold at Major Market in Escondido back in May; was unable to decide which flavor and each time we went back, I’d read the boxes. Finally got the “Golden State” and those are *really* good. Had never heard of the company before that (and haven’t been to Disney in forever). Nice post!

    • Kirbie replied: — October 25th, 2013 @ 10:45 am

      Ah, the multi-grain! I liked it too though I liked the traditional one best.

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    Kristen — October 25, 2013 @ 6:27 am

    The pretzel bun sliders! Love pretzel buns and so sad to have seen them disappear from Trader Joes, so we would immediately jump to these to get our fix!

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — October 25, 2013 @ 6:31 am

    I’d love to try the sugary cinnamon pretzels!

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    Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming — October 25, 2013 @ 6:46 am

    i’d love to try the jumbo double twisted!!

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    Sandy — October 25, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    I’ve had pretzels in Germany just like the Munich pretzel, and didn’t really think they were that great. Your description explains it. I guess I had been expecting soft pretzels. I just heard about this place, and I’d love to try them out.

    • Kirbie replied: — October 25th, 2013 @ 10:44 am

      Apparently they like that dry aftertaste because it is usually paired with beer. hehe.

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    Garrett — October 25, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    That Jumbo double twisted one has my name all over it.

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    Danielle — October 25, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    The soft pretzel puffs would be right up my kids’ alley! Thanks for introducing us to this company and for the giveaway.

  16. 16

    Kay — October 25, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    Yum! I would love to try the jumbo double twisted pretzel

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    Kay — October 25, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    I Liked the pretzel post on FB (kaoruy)

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    Lauren — October 25, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    I would like to try the jumbo double twisted.

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    leanne — October 25, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    I am totally curious about the Philly pretzel. It’s so hard to find a soft pretzel that’s REALLY like a Philly pretzel. I don’t know if it’s the shape, the water, or something, but even my best soft pretzel recipe can’t make them like they do in Philly.

    • Kirbie replied: — October 25th, 2013 @ 10:42 am

      I’ve never been to Philly so i can’t vouch for authenticity, but it did taste good.

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    Ruby — October 25, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    Wow! Soft pretzel! I haven’t thought about it for a long time. It was my daughter’s favorite when she was a little girl. I’d like to try the jumbo double twisted pretzel, they look great.

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    Anna — October 25, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    I would like to try the jumbo double twisted one!

  22. 22

    Sandy headtkfe — October 25, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    I will be asking Sprouts to get the pretzel rolls, I haven’t seen them there

  23. 23

    Susan Taniguchi — October 25, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    I love to try the Jumbo double twisted Pretzel.

  24. 24

    Sandy headtkfe — October 25, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    Shared on Facebook.
    https://www.facebook.com/sandy.headtke/posts/675301989161489

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    susan — October 25, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    @Sandy above: yes, the dryness and saltiness in Bavarian pretzels (we have a lot more salt on it in Germany!) is meant to make you order more beer! :)

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    chuck — October 25, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    Wow…Jumbo double twisted Pretzel. That would make my week. Thanks

  27. 27

    April — October 25, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/CannonApril/status/393871974763466752
    And already following

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    Natalie — October 25, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

    I would love to try the sugary cinnamon pretzel!

  29. 29

    Debbie Terry — October 25, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    jumbo double twisted – on your recommendation!

  30. 30

    Debbie Terry — October 25, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    liked on Facebook

  31. 31

    Debbie Terry — October 25, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    https://twitter.com/Debbie858/status/393891158377504768

  32. 32

    Ilona t — October 25, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    Would love to try the sugary cinnamon

  33. 33

    PhxMama — October 25, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    NY all the way baby!!

  34. 34

    Jess — October 26, 2013 @ 1:16 am

    It would be the jumbo double twisted.

  35. 35

    Paulina — October 26, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    I would love the jumbo double twisted pretzel dipped in butter!!

  36. 36

    Paulina — October 26, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    https://twitter.com/VinylCroc/status/394159356637224960

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    Paulina — October 26, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    also liked on facebook!

  38. 38

    Lindsey W.B. — October 26, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    The jumbo double twist for sure!!!

  39. 39

    Lindsey W.B. — October 26, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    I liked this on facebook too! :D (gotta get that pretzel)

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    Lorena — October 26, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    Yum! I LOVE PRETZELS! So cool to know we have a great soft pretzel company in San Diego. My favorite soft pretzels have always been the ones sold at the German American Societies Oktoberfest in El Cajon — very traditional.

    In any case, we’re trying to eat more multigrains around here because of the toddler, so I’d love to try the Golden State Pretzels.

    • Kirbie replied: — October 26th, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

      Actually I believe the German Society gets their pretzels from San Diego Pretzel Co

  41. 41

    Meeble — October 26, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    Liked!
    @Meeble Feeble

  42. 42

    Meeble — October 26, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    https://twitter.com/mabelcchan/status/394190399205433344

    tweeted!

  43. 43

    Meeble — October 26, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    totally the Jumbo double twisted Pretzel

  44. 44

    van pham — October 26, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    Twisted traditional since I know if I got the jumbo double twisted it would be gone too quickly and I can limit myself for the traditional size.

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    van pham — October 26, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

    Liked on FB!

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    Lauren — October 27, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

    That jumbo double twisted pretzel seems like it’d be right up my alley. MMMMMM! I had no idea this was practically in our neighborhood in SD!

  47. 47

    Lauren — October 27, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    I “Liked” your Facebook post!

  48. 48

    Lauren — October 27, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

    I tweeted about this giveaway here: https://twitter.com/lololovesscents/status/394682806372032512

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    Carolsue — October 27, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

    I’d like to try the TWISTED TRADITIONAL SOFT PRETZELS

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    Carolsue — October 27, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    I follow you on Twitter as @MsCarolsueA
    I tweeted also
    https://twitter.com/MsCarolsueA/status/394712150628773888

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    Carolsue — October 27, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    I liked the post on Facebook as Carolsue Anderson

  52. 52

    Christina C. — October 28, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    I’d like to try the jumbo double twisted pretzel!

  53. 53

    Christina C. — October 28, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    I liked your FB post.

  54. 54

    Christina C. — October 28, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    I follow on Twitter and tweeted: https://twitter.com/kawaiidragon88/status/394928739106041856

  55. 55

    Siyi — October 28, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

    The jumbo double twisted ones sound good!

  56. 56

    Siyi — October 28, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

    Also liked on FB

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    Debra Lee — October 28, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

    Philly here!

  58. 58

    Debra Lee — October 28, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

    Liked on Facebook!

  59. 59

    Debra Lee — October 28, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

    Following on twitter and tweeted @Distracteddebra

  60. 60

    Carla Pullum — October 29, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

    Facebook Carla Pullum I liked and left a comment! I love pretzels!!

  61. 61

    michelle r — October 29, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

    The TWISTED TRADITIONAL 8-PACK BAG OF 5 OUNCE SOFT PRETZELS

  62. 62

    Y.C. — October 30, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    pretzel puffs

  63. 63

    Whitney Lindeman — October 30, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

    Philly pretzels sound great!

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    Whitney Lindeman — October 30, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

    I liked the Facebook post!

  65. 65

    Whitney Lindeman — October 30, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    I follow on Twitter as @whitsweeps.

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    Blessie Nelson — October 30, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    I would love the Mexican Jalapeno!

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    Blessie Nelson — October 30, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    Liked on FB as Blessie Nelson

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    Blessie Nelson — October 30, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    I follow you on twitter as @Bless_Eliz
    tweeted
    https://twitter.com/Bless_Eliz/status/395780118070575104

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