Dealer Joe’s Honey Wheat Pretzel Sticks

Trader Joe's Honey Wheat Pretzel Sticks
So Nathan and I, together with our significantly better wanting wives, are fairly main Dealer Joe’s followers if you have not picked up on it by now. However not everybody shares our fandom of the nation’s finest grocery retailer. As some other main company (which, make no mistake, TJ’s undoubtedly is), they actually have their share of critics. One giant critique I’ve heard is, for an organization that boasts loads about its wholesome and natural meals, they’re fairly opaque about their meals origins, all the way down to the purpose that they are fairly tight-lipped about which meals corporations even manufacture their meals and slap a Dealer Joe label on it for them. I believe that is fairly comprehensible. Sandy and I simply Netflixed up “Meals Inc.” final week – great documentary about meals origins and the way separated we, as society are from the sources of our meals. It is simple to suppose a steak got here from the plastic-wrapped Styrofoam tray on the retailer, not a cow forcefed feed that is not pure for them whereas ankledeep in, effectively, as an example fertilizer. Most corporations who purport themselves to be wholesome and natural and freerange (I sum this up in a single phrase: “pleased”) are rather more clear about the place and the way their meals is ready. This prompted me to march all the way down to TJ’s in search for solutions. I wished to know the place no less than one factor got here from.

Effectively, lo and behold, I really discovered a solution.

It is Ludwig! Ludwig makes Dealer Joe branded pretzels! It even says so proper on the bag, in plain print, that Ludwig is Dealer Joe’s head pretzel man! Past that, this Ludwig man appears fairly cool – very pleased, orthodontically sound, and immensely proficient. I imply, have a look at that cool pretzel balancing act he does. I believe I would like to hang around with a man like this and knock again a Bierstiefel or two of dopple bock, although contemplating his outfit, I would decide the bar. But when he introduced his trademark Honey Wheat Pretzel Sticks, after a couple of steins of Rheinheitsgebot goodness and rounds of Ein Prosit, I would forgive his lederhosened and purple-garbed self and have one heckuva time. Zicke zacke zicke zacke hoi hoi hoi certainly.

Semi-questionable German origins apart, these are fairly darn good pretzels. Significantly better than their exhausting multigrain pretzel disasters, whose solely good use I’ve discovered is to grind them down and use as traction in your automobile when caught on ice. Sorry, Ludwig, these had been a misfire. However these, man, these are good. Good, crunchy chunk to them, and never exhausting or dried out in any respect, excellent for pretzelicious snack. The wheat style is unquestionably current however not overwhelmingly so, and there is a good, delicate salt-to-honey ratio whose taste would not linger lengthy however is simply so interesting. They’re low-fat and comparatively low sodium for pretzels, in order that’s a plus. They’re simply throughout, good-in-pretty-much-every-way pretzel sticks, and the very best I’ve discovered up to now at TJ’s.

I would think about, all jokes apart, that they’d be fairly good matched up with a wide range of brews. Sandy and I repeatedly decide these up, largely for me to pack together with lunches, so I have never had a lot alternative to check that concept as a result of I plow by way of them so shortly. Sandy’s simply glad to have had an opportunity to strive them out as a result of once more, the bag hardly ever lasts too lengthy and by the point she’s within the temper for them, they’re normally gone. After I gave her a handful of sticks to check out, after a couple of bites she intoned “These are goooood” and gave me a smile which I took to imply that she understood why I normally saved them for myself. We determined simply on our weekly TJ run this morning that we had been every going to get our personal cereal, and I would not be shocked if we could have to finish up getting our personal luggage of pretzels too. Effectively, in all probability not, however we each actually loved them and munched a couple of third of a bag between the 2 of us whereas I wrote this evaluate. Sandy provides them a 4 out of 5, which I believe is nearly proper.

Backside line: 8 out of 10 Golden Spoons