Product: AllerEnergy Gluten-Free Soft Pretzel Nuggets – $5.00
So…I was raised in New York. And if there is one thing New Yorkers love (aside from bagels) it’s soft pretzels. I indulged in them all the time growing up. And then this wonderful nirvana called Auntie Anne’s Pretzels began turning up at every mall on the planet…and my life was complete. I remember making an Auntie Anne’s Pretzel my dinner every night I worked at the CD store at the mall. True story.
And then…the gluten-free thing hit. And suddenly, pretzels, the snack variety and the soft variety fell off my radar. And yes…I was sad. One of my most favorite treats to eat and there was nothing for me.
Okay…so I found an overpriced box of gluten-free soft pretzels in the freezer section of my local natural food store. But, there were only 4 pretzels in it and the price really was outrageous. So, as tempted as I was to cave in and purchase that, the insane price tag kept me from actually doing it. But the crave was there.
Then, last year, I attended the Celiac Awareness Tour when it rolled into Indianapolis. One of the vendors there was AllerEnergy. I had never heard of AllerEngery before, but I was lured to their booth by the smell and sight of gluten-free soft pretzels.
A little bit about AllerEnergy first. This company provides a variety of products that contain carbs and protein for an energy boost that lasts, as well as providing minerals and vitamins that promote good health and well-being. I was told that AllerEnergy is perfect for athletes with food allergies (hey…it’s like they knew all about me!). Their products are constructed of the right balance of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to provide food allergic people with high-impact nourishment. The company worked with an industry leading food science organization and began to produce products that were composed of food allergy safe ingredients that would help sustain energy. They provide a full supply of carbohydrates without using any wheat, oats, or other grain specific allergens. These carbs basically are the result of a combination of rice, millet, quinoa, and flax seed.
All that being said…here I was standing in front of the table at the expo and wondering if I was really being handed a warm, gluten-free piece of a soft pretzel. I wasn’t dreaming. It happened. One bite…and I was sold. The texture was perfect. Very soft and chewy. Not dense at all. I needed these in my life. The booth was selling the full pretzels or the pretzel nuggets. I opted for the bite-size pretzel nuggets and that’s what I left the expo with.
Upon arriving home, I stuck them in the freezer as indicated…and then never got around to actually making them. So sad. Maybe I just wanted to savor them. But, I got over that this weekend. I needed something easy for lunch for my roommate and I, so upon inspection of the pantry and the fridge and freezer, I finally pulled these out. I was almost sad to actually be cooking them up…but excited too. I was already anticipating the taste of them again once I scattered them on a cookie sheet, gave them a spray of water and dusted them with some salt.
Into the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. And what emerged was my heaven. Seriously. I had never been so eager to sit down to my lunch. I divvied the pretzel nuggets out between my roommate and I and settled in on the couch. I lifted one nugget and took a bite. I instantly flashed back to why I loved soft pretzels so much…and why I went home with these. They are that perfect density for a soft pretzel. Browned on the outside, and soft on the inside. The salt gave it the extra kick to keep it from being bland. I was just so excited to be eating these, but also wanting to savor each bite. It was not an easy culinary line to tread.
If you are at an expo or know of a place that carries products by AllerEnergy…get the pretzels. Trust me. The full-size or the nuggets. Either one. Why? Because they are so amazing. If you didn’t tell someone they were gluten-free…they wouldn’t know. Honestly.
As for the nutritional value of these…they are actually rather healthy. The entire bag of pretzel nuggets would set you back 495 calories and 5 grams of fat, while providing you with 5 grams of protein. Trust me…these were fantastic. My roommate and I just couldn’t get enough of them. And then, sadly…they were gone.
Now…I need to find them again and buy more. You can purchase AllerEnergy products on their Web site, but I don’t see the Soft Pretzel Nuggets as one of the options…yet.
If you have food allergies and have been craving a soft pretzel…devour one from AllerEnergy. You won’t even know it’s gluten-free…and good for you.