Gluten-free food manufacturers continue to deliver new products for those who follow the gluten-free diet, and pretzel makers have been particularly prolific. It's possible to find gluten-free pretzels in many different shapes, sizes and flavors – perfect for game-time snacking, parties and school lunches.
Gluten-free pretzel fans often turn first to Glutino, and with good reason: the dedicated gluten-free food manufacturer boasts about half-a-dozen different pretzel varieties, including its latest offerings, chocolate-covered and yogurt-covered pretzels.
Once the chocolate pretzels are gone (they never seem to last long), gluten-free diet followers also can choose from Glutino's pretzel sticks, twists and rings in salted, unsalted and sesame seed flavors. Glutino tests its products to contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten.
When Snyder's of Hanover announced in mid-2010 that it would begin to produce gluten-free pretzel sticks, many following the gluten-free diet rejoiced that they soon would have a gluten-free version of their all-time favorite pretzel. And these pretzels don't disappoint – they honestly taste like the originals.
Snyder's Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks are certified gluten-free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO), and contain less than 10 parts per million of gluten, according to the company.
3. Ener-G Foods
Ener-G Foods, which produces numerous gluten-free food products, offers several pretzel varieties, including sesame and poppy seed flavors. All are certified as Kosher as well.
The company's Wylde pretzels come in a 1 oz. size that fits well into gluten-free kids' school lunchboxes, while the 8 oz. bags would suit a small party.
Gluten Free Foods Ltd., a gluten-free food manufacturer based in Hertfordshire, U.K., distributes its Barkat gluten-free pretzels in the United States through several different food outlets.
Barkat's gluten-free pretzels, which come in traditional twisted fashion, won a "highly commended" honor from the 2009 Free From Food awards, sponsored by the group Food Matters. Barkat also makes gluten-free pretzel sticks.
Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels introduced a gluten-free soft pretzel to its lineup after two years of research and development. The pretzel includes a blend of five "ancient grains," including sorghum, millet, quinoa, amaranth and teff, along with rice flour.
The company sells its gluten-free pretzels direct on its website or through some Whole Foods stores. Kim & Scott's gluten-free pretzels are made on shared lines but with allergy protocols in place, and have been tested at an independent laboratory to contain less than 20ppm of gluten, according to the company.
If your tastes run more towards soft gluten-free pretzels rather than the crunchy variety, you might want to try Dutch Country Soft Pretzels.
The Pennsylvania company sells both a soft gluten-free pretzel mix you can make at home and frozen pre-made soft pretzels from the same recipe. Get out your jar of gluten-free mustard and enjoy!