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06 March 2012

Food Allergy Product Review: Kim and Scott's Gourmet Pretzels

A while back, Food Allergy Buzz was contacted about a review of Kim and Scott's new gluten-free pretzels. My sons and I have been purchasing Kim and Scott's Gourmet Stuffed Pretzels for years now. For me, it was love at first sight. How can a mother of a peanut- and nut-allergic child not love this label? "Individuals with Food Allergies: Made in a facility that processes foods containing wheat and milk. Kim & Scott's is a nut-free facility." Also, the nut-free symbol has a message circling its perimeter stating "Allergy aware because we care. Made in a nut free bakery." That's great allergen info and makes it easy for me to make my purchasing decision.
We've tried every flavor we could find over the years and my younger son's long-time favorite is the pizza pretzel.

Recently, we had a chance to try the new gluten-free classic pretzels. They're just as convenient as the original classic pretzels and stuffed pretzels--just zap 'em frozen in the micro for about 40 seconds. Without the package, I highly doubt you could determine they're gluten-free by texture or taste. They are good, soft pretzels, and are available in many supermarkets' freezer sections. With regard to potential for cross-contamination, the package clearly states that the bakery is "a facility that processes foods containing wheat and milk".  Yes--I see the mention of wheat too, and am glad the information is there on the package.  We, the consumers, know what works for us or for our loved one's diet, and it varies from person to person.

The only challenge I have ever run into with Kim & Scott's pretzels (gluten-free or original classic) is that I don't seem to have mastered how to get the salt to stick to my pretzel! It's too plain for my taste without the salt, but I don't need much. The box says to "1. Moisten heated pretzel with a wet napkin. 2. Sprinkle desired amount of salt (included) on pretzel and enjoy!" It just doesn't work very well for me.

Our conclusion?

We recommend them, would try them again, and are looking forward to more new items from Kim & Scott's! We also love Kim & Scott's labeling and wish more companies would follow their example!

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