Lynn’s husband Abe, the pretzel connoisseur, is doing a review on these goodies that Uncle Jerry’s sent us to sample.
A lot of people don’t know it, but Pennsylvania is the home of great pretzels. For some reason people refer to New York soft pretzels as being iconic, but I’ve lived in both places and let me tell you, New York pretzels are really awful. While it takes a back seat to the cheesesteak and hoagies, my favorite Philly delicacy was always the soft pretzel. I’m no food historian, but I think that pretzels originated in Bavaria and the tradition is carried on by the Pennsylvania Dutch (who are actually Germans, despite the confusing name). All of this is a long winded way of introducing these Uncle Jerry’s Handmade Hard Pretzels.
These remind me of trips to Pennsylvania Dutch country as a kid; they have a great crunch and a simple taste. Definitely a Lynn and Christy-approved ingredient list – simple, with no added oil, sugar, or preservatives.
They are thick, with a darkly baked edge and just enough salt. Basically “Rold Gold” is to “Uncle Jerry’s” as “Miller Lite” is to a really great microbrew. These pretzels have character and go really well with a fresh bottle of my other Actor’s Diet favorite, Sodastream seltzer.