When I think or Octoberfest or going to a sporting event I think of pretzels. The nicely done crisp on the outside yet soft and delicious in the center.
But if you are at the big game, they can be quite pricey. And if they have been sitting out for too long then they sometimes aren't up to par.
If you have found yourself saying any of these things then Trader Joe's has got a product worth of not only buying, trying, but of a repeat purchase.
The packaging is pretty basic here. It is nothing more than a plastic bag. Inside the plastic bag is another plastic bag that contains a salt packet.
So if you wanted to enjoy this salt-free you can. Also, if you love salt I've found the contents of these bags to be more than sufficient to cover 4 pretzels and have salt leftover.
If you happen to not need all four at the same time you are going to probably find an alternate package as this cannot be resealed.
This has the taste you would expect from a German pretzel. It comes out mildly crisp on the outside.
This also is tender and doughy in the middle. For a frozen item this is near perfection in terms of taste.
Each one makes for a nice sized appetizer, however it is easy to eat more than one.
The biggest difference between this and a true Octoberfest pretzel is size. This is more single size than some of the ones I've had in the past.
Here are some pairing suggestions to have with your pretzels (if you have more leave them in the comments):
- Enjoy with some pub cheese
- Peanut butter
- Artichoke Dip
- Garlic Spread
- Olive oil
- and of course beer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Trader Joe's sells soft pretzels. The first variety can sometimes be found with the fresh bread. The other variety Trader Joe's Big Soft Pretzels are found in the frozen aisle.
While this isn't labeled vegan the ingredients do not seem to contain any animal based ingredients. However, the allergy information indicates it may have traces of milk.
Yes, I've defrosted these without issue. By defrosting them you can reduce the amount of cooking time.
Add enough water to make the tops a bit tacky. Place the salt on a wide plate and press the pretzel tacky side towards the salt.
For $2.49 for four these are reasonably priced, made in Germany, and are a good pretzel. So while they are a similar product to what has been offered in the past, it is still a good product.
A visual rundown of the product
The bag of Trader Joe's Big Soft Pretzels:
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How to prepare:
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How I enjoyed mine:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Big Soft Pretzels again.
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Trader Joe's Big Soft Pretzels
Product Name: Trader Joe's Big Soft Pretzels
Product Description: Trader Joe's Big Soft Pretzels are a delicious find in the frozen aisle of Trader Joe's.
Trader Joe's Big Soft Pretzels are an outstanding option in the frozen food aisle at Trader Joe's.
- Trader Joe's Big Soft Pretzels are a hidden gem on shelves
- They have the salt package already in the bag so you decide how much or how little is best for you.
- A very tasty pretzel that tastes are fresh as one you might get at the big game.
- Four pretzels in a bag, but the bag can't be resealed.