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San Diego Pretzel Company Gives Thanks!

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San Diego Pretzel Company would like to thank all of our clients and customers for a successful 2013 Oktoberfest season. We enjoyed seeing our pretzels being devoured at each of the Oktoberfest events and parties. We just wanted to take a moment and let all of our wonderful clients & customers how much we appreciate your business and look forward to continue to developing all your pretzel favorites all year long.

 

For your pretzel cravings visit our Online Store, Amazon.com, or visit us at the factory (we do sell to the public) to see what new and exciting additions our Pretzelogists are cooking up this upcoming holiday season or pick up one of your favorites: The Twisted Traditional(NY Style), Philly style, Authentic Munich or Golden State Multigrain pretzels. Don’t forget San Diego Pretzel now offers pretzel slider buns & pretzel puffs to their online store, perfect for appetizers, entrees, snacks, and even dessert!

 

(Courtesy Photo of RUST General Store

 

Buy Pretzels Online

 

-San Diego Pretzel Company Team 

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Eco-Bake Pan Liners May Be Brown, But They Are Really Green

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The San Diego Pretzel Company is proud to announce our new Eco-Bake Pan liners. The new brown colored liners are environmentally friendly made from chlorine free pulp, which helps to promote our support to an eco-friendly environment, as well as ensuring our products are baked with high quality ingredients.

 

So, for those of you who order our bulk pretzels and notice our pretzels baked on brown liners instead of our white liners, just think: Brown is the New Green.

 

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Beer & Pretzel Pairing #2 - SD International Beer Fest 2013

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Beer Pairing #2 - San Diego International Beer Fest at The San Diego Fair

Beer: Karl Strauss Boardwalk Black Rye IPA

Pretzel: NY Style Traditional 5 oz with Chocolate Rum Sauce and Bacon Candy

 

Our second beer and pretzel pairing was a Soft Pretzel with a Chocolate Rum Sauce and Bacon Candy with a Black Rye IPA. Seriously, Pretzel, Chocolate and Bacon, kinda tough to find the right dark beer to balance the strong competing flavors in a dish. The Black Rye IPA is a bold and spicy ale with a strong West Coast Hop flavor and aroma. The complexity of the caramel and spicy flavors lends itself well to chocolate sauces. Similar to our first pairing, we feel that the hoppy characteristics balance well with a little spice, and our Bacon Candy recipe has a large amount of cayenne red pepper to complete this pairing.

 

The Chocolate Sauce is based on his Award Winning Chocolate Kahlua Cream sauce developed by our founder and Chief Pretelzogist - Harris Golden.

The Chocolate sauce recipe may be found here on our website, and simply substitute 1/4 Cup of Myer's Dark Rum for the Kahlua in the recipe.

 

 

Bacon Candy Crumbles

Ingredients

3/4 Cup Chopped Bacon
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon

 

Directions:

In a Skillet or Frying pan, cook about 6-8 pieces of Bacon until 2/3 to 3/4 done. Remove Bacon from Skillet and Chop into small pieces. Drain Skillet of any additional bacon fat.

In a medium bowl, combine the Brown Sugar, Cayenne and Cinnamon and mix well.

Add the chopped, mostly cooked bacon into the dry mix and thoroughly dredge all pieces.

Place the coated bacon back in the skillet and cook for about 5-8 minutes until all of the pieces are caramelized.

Using a bakers rack with paper towels underneath, empty the finished pieces on the the rack so that any excess fat may drain. Transfer the Bacon Pieces from the rack while still hot (or they will stick on the rack) onto a piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil.

 

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Beer & Pretzel Pairing #1 - SD International Beer Fest 2013

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Beer Pairing #1 - Beer Fest at The San Diego Fair

Beer: Ballast Point Fathom Imperial Pale Lager

Pretzel: NY Style Traditional 5 oz with Spicy Queso Lager Sauce

 

Our first beer and pretzel pairing was a custom cheese sauce made with Lager and an Imperial Pale Lager. An Imperial Pale Lager is a Lager beer that has Hoppy characteristics more commonly found in India Pale Ales( IPA). We found that the clean finish of the lager left a pleasing palate, while the hoppiness helped to balance out the heat of the Habanero Cheddar Cheese and Jamaican Crushed Red Peppers. The addition of Ballast Point Longfin Lager helped solidify the clean finish when paired with the IPL.

 

Here is the Recipe...

 

 

Spicy Queso Lager Sauce

Ingredients

1/3 cup  Flour
1/3 cup  Butter
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
2.5 Cups   Milk
0.5 Cups Heavy Cream
12 oz Ballast Point Longfin Lager (divided)
8 oz Gruyere Cheese, Shredded
3 oz Habanero Sharp White Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
8 oz Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
1 teaspoon Eaton's Jamaican Crushed Peppers
Salt/ White Pepper to taste

 

Directions:

In a 3 Quart Pot, begin by making a Roux, On Medium heat, melt butter, then combine Cayenne and Flour. Stir for 3-5 minutes until a nice caramel/brown color.

Next add the milk, a little at a time, using a whisk to incorporate the Roux with the milk. Add cream and 8 oz of the 12 oz can of Lager. Bring to a boil, stiring constantly until it begins to thicken, about 6-9 minutes. Reduce temperature to LOW.

Add Shredded Cheese, Eaton's Hot Sauce, and the remaining 4 oz of Lager. Stir in a figure 8 fashion until well blended and cheese is melted. Use a whisk if neccessary to get proper consistency of the sauce, add salt and White Pepper to taste...

 

 

 

 

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California Adventure - Carsland

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The San Diego Pretzel Company is proud to announce that it's latest offering - Pretzel Puffs, can now be found at Disney's Carlsand section of their California Adventure Theme Park. The golden brown bite size treats are offered at the Cone Zone Food Court, in the Cozy Cone Motel.

You can find the pretzel puffs in Cone #4.

We are very pleased that Disney selected our all natural handmade product to offer their guests.

Be sure to stop by and get a traffic cone full of America's Finest Soft Pretzels the next time you are at Carsland!

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Same Great Pretzels, Fancy New Names

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As the twisted world of the San Diego Pretzel Company evolves, we decided to re-brand some of our pretzel items. Rest assured these are the same exact pretzels as before, we just gave them more of a geographic identity.

Twisted Traditional is now NY Style Traditional Soft Pretzels

Bavarian Multigrain is now Golden State Multigrain

We also updated our other icon for our Authentic Munich Soft Pretzels.

The new artwork for our online offerings are part of a new project, with details coming soon.

Stay Twisted!

SDPC

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New Pretzel Dips Page

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We are often asked which toppings do we recommend to go with our soft pretzels. While we have a number of serving suggestions and recipes for serving our pretzels (http://www.sandiegopretzel.com/products/recipes/pretzel-recipes.html), there are only a few recipes for dips, such as Honey Mustard and Hummus. A new page was developed to showcase some of our favorite brands, and each item is linked to a page at Amazon so that you can see how the item is packaged and it's appearance, many of these are available at your favorite local grocer or specialty store, in addition to Amazon.com.

You can check out the new page by clicking here-> http://www.sandiegopretzel.com/products/recipes/pretzel-dips.html

Happy Dipping!

SDPC

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New Online Store Items

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If you haven't been to our online store lately, now is the time to check it out!

http://www.sandiegopretzel.com/buy-pretzels-online.html

We recently added our newest soft pretzel offering, the Munich Pretzel. This pretzel has the same amazing flavor and freshness of our Twisted Traditional recipe, but in a more German shape with a wide bottom and slit. This addition, in the classic "Oktoberfest" shape, is sure to be a hit with pretzel fans everywhere!

Another new item in our online store, is that any bag of pretzels can now have a 1.4 oz Jar of Stone Ground Mustard added to any pretzel bag order. This is the same great California made mustard that we include with each of our Jumbo Bavarian Gift Box orders.

Prost!

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Getting to know our staff - Karla Moya

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Getting to know our staff

It’s important to know every worker, and we would like you to get to know them as well.

Karla Moya

Intern in Social Media and Marketing

She wakes up at 7 am and it takes her about 19 min to get to work. She likes making tours and being creative, but she hates sitting all day long and not having a lot of customers, something that she would definitely change, if she could.

One wish she would ask for is to have her own car, if she could be any animal she would be a monkey, an elephant or a dog, three things she can´t live without are water, food and a nice view, she believes in aliens, and her favorite drink is a mixture of cranberry and orange juice. The thing that makes her angry is when people don´t listen, are lazy or do things wrong, but don´t worry something funny will make her smile.
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Getting to know our staff - Jaime Viera

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Getting to know our staff

It’s important to know every worker, and we would like you to get to know them as well.

Jaime Viera

Pretzel Roller

Jaime came across with this job because he was looking for one, he does like everything about it except for rolling the pretzels. Unjustness makes him angry, but try to make him mad and he will laugh. He wishes to travel, if he could be any animal he would like to be a monkey, his favorite drink is water, if he won 20 million dollars he would help his family but keep some money for himself, and three things he could not live without are water, music and food, but he doesn’t believes in aliens with the proof that he now has.

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Getting to know our staff - Leticia Martinez

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Getting to know our staff

It’s important to know every worker, and we would like you to get to know them as well.

Leticia Martinez

Pretzel Roller

Leticia knew that she wanted to roll pretzels when she saw others doing the job, and she enjoys rolling the pretzels. For Leticia the worst thing about her job is dipping pretzels, and she wants to eliminate that process. Leticia dislikes lies, but everything puts a smile in her face.

One wish that Leticia has is to grow old and healthy, her favorite drink is water, she couldn’t live without her car, and she also believes in aliens.

If Leticia won 20 million dollars she would like to help her family.

Leticia wakes up at 5 in the morning and it takes her 2 hours to get to work.

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Getting to know our staff - Jesus Lira

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Getting to know our staff

It’s important to know every worker, and we would like you to get to know them as well.

Jesus Lira

Senior Pretzel Roller

He likes his job, but his favorite part of the job is the freezer. His favorite drink is Gatorade and dislikes dipping the pretzels. The three things he couldn’t live without are his car, cell phone and job.

Jesus wakes up at 6 in the morning and it takes him to get to work 5 to 6 min, 10 min. as most.

Jesus believes in life in outer space, “if there is life in the earth, there most be life somewhere else” he says.

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Getting to know our staff - Fernando Cruz

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Getting to know our staff

It’s important to know every worker, and we would like you to get to know them as well.

Fernando Cruz

Convention Center Director

Fernando came across with his actual job when a worker in our company brought him to visit the place. He likes his job, but he dislikes dealing with some of the challenging items at the convention center, if he could be any animal he would like to be a lion, his favorite drink is red bull, and he claims that the weirdest thing that you would find in his refrigerator would be finding it empty. For Fernando his wife, daughter and job are very important, and he wishes to be here as long as possible. If he won 20 million in the lottery he would buy a house, a car and a boat. And he is a believer in aliens, specially since his wife´s family saw something last New Year´s eve.

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Getting to know our staff - Bill Joering

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Getting to know our staff

It’s important to know every worker, and we would like you to get to know them as well.

William Joering

General Manager

Bill knew that he wanted to work in this company since he interviewed for the job, and he loves selling a product that he believes in, but as in any job there’s somethings that he doesn’t like, and that’s the convention center and making packaging easier. Everyday he wakes up at 6 a.m. and after 14 min. of driving he arrives to work.

Bill likes sunsets at the beach, his favorite drink is ICY TEA, the weirdest thing you will find in his refrigerator is oyster sauce, three things he cannot live without are coffee, sunshine and the ocean, and if he could be any animal he would be a Kodiak bear, but he doesn’t like the price of gas. Bill’s one wish is to win the lottery, and if he won the 20 million prize he would disappear. And yes, he does believe in aliens.

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Getting to know our staff - Harris Golden

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Getting to know our staff

It’s important to know every worker, and we would like you to get to know them as well.

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Harris Golden

“Pretzelogist”

Why pretzels?

Right after giving up cheffing, our dear Pretzelogist wanted to have his own business in San Diego, so he thought about making pretzels, the one thing that he enjoys making.

How is he?

He likes doing tours, working with all the employees, and to look at a nice garden or a beautiful scene, a good joke will always make him smile, but he dislikes out of control superstition, dealing with government regulations and he wishes that he could never worry about money issues in business and that there was world peace.

Things you didn't know about him

If he won 20 million dollars he would take a trip around the world with his family, and maybe, who knows, his employees. The weirdest things that you will ever find in his fridge are batteries, the three things he can’t live without are food, air and companionship and he do believes in aliens, he says “I can’t imagine given the size of the universe, as we know it, we are the only ones out there”

A day in the Pretzelogist life

He gets up at 7 o’clock, gets ready and in 30 minutes he gets to work.


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Comic Con 3010?

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It’s that time of the year again! Get your anime costumes and light sabers ready because the San Diego ComicCon is right around the corner! We’re preparing the finest ingredients and stocking up our pretzel carts for all the twisted people at the convention!

While watching an episode of the hilarious show, Futurama, we noticed something particular about a couple of scenes. He spotted our soft pretzels being enjoyed by Leela along with a pretzel cart and employees during Comic-Con in the year of 3010! Leela sure has good taste in food.

So, like Futurama, don’t forget to visit Comic-Con, grab one of our soft pretzels, and of course, wear your favorite character’s costume!

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Left: San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con 3010. Right: Fry, Leela, and Amy walking towards Ballroom 20 and SDPC Pretzel cart (people in red shirts).

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Leela eating a San Diego Pretzel Company soft pretzel while talking to Lrr during the costume contest.


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The Pretzel Mobile

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Watch out San Diego, the pretzel mobile is on the streets! We recently “wrapped” up our delivery van with colorful graphics of the beautiful San Diego skyline and our scrumptious soft pretzels! The pretzel mobile is out on the road 5 days a week, and delivers soft pretzels all around the county to our local customers. If you happen to see the van, give us a wave! Or simply follow us to great pretzels!

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New Wall Mural

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A few weeks ago a new addition to our bakery was painted onto the side wall of the building. Our team is so excited about this newly added element! We had the pretzel mural done by Dano of Dano Designs- a local artist that is well known for window paintings throughout Southern California. Now, our new Giant Traditional Bavarian Pretzel can help us welcome our will call and walk in customers! While at the same time the mural adds to our overall fun, and approachable theme. So, if you are ever in the neighborhood, come over and take a look! You might end up leaving with some yummy, twisted treats!

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Certified Gluten Enriched

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Certified Gluten Enriched

By Harris Golden

My recent visit to the Natural Products Expo West 2011 has been for me the straw that broke the camel’s back. Oh! I’m sorry. Straw, camel, that’s old hat. I’ll start over. My recent visit to the Natural Products Expo West 2011 was the tipping point.

I really need to say something about food fads that turn us into automatons chasing one food after another. Either we “must not” eat this or we “have to” eat that. Sometimes the hysteria can be fatal for an entire food industry (Google: Cranberry Scare of 1959).The following is a list of food products that in the past have been labeled “No Good For You!”: beef, pork, chicken (especially dark meat), dairy products, pasta, soy, spinach, eggs, peanuts, butter, sugar, salt, coconuts, and the list goes on and on. Oh! I almost forgot the beverages: can’t drink soda, tap water, milk, all alcoholic beverages, coffee, and tea. We’re pretty much guaranteed that at least one or two of these products listed will soon be back in favor. Perhaps it will be coffee? No doubt, it dehydrates and over-stimulates. Or will it be salt? Watch that high blood pressure!

Want to know the latest food fad? GLUTEN Everywhere I turned at the Natural Products Expo a sign was proclaiming “Gluten Free”. There was a plethora of gluten-free cookbooks, gluten-free breads, muffins, pastries, pastas, and pizzas. There’s an entire new industry that certifies food companies so they can proudly display their influential signage: “Certified Gluten-Free”. There was even a gluten-free soft pretzel at the expo that tasted like a box of cornstarch. That pretzel was my tipping point. It should be. After all, I make pretzels for a living.

I must admit making pretzels is a twisted business, but they’re delicious and good for us as long as we’re not eating pretzels for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Every pretzel contains a dosage of gluten - a healthy, natural, vegetarian based protein found in such grains as wheat, oats, barley, and rye. That stuff was always soooo good for us. Also, gluten gives us the magnificent chew in finely baked breads and rolls, and gives rise to the “al dente” in perfectly cooked pasta. Gluten is GREAT! What happened?

So how did gluten ascend to the top of the hit list? Not unlike being allergic to peanuts, dairy products, and other foods, a very small percentage of the populace has a disorder called Celiac disease whereby they can’t digest gluten. For those people, avoiding gluten is not a fad. It actually stops the disease. There are no typical signs for the disease, and most people who possess it have general complaints such as abdominal pain, bloating, depression, skin rash, and the list goes on. As a result, Celiac disease is not easy to self-diagnose. All of the symptoms can be found from a host of other disorders including overeating, indigestion, and stress. At present, gluten is the culprit for just about every eating disorder, real or imagined, as it can sell books and put new products on the market. Mmm…I guess that’s not so bad - stimulating the economy. There’s also something else about gluten that wins hands down compared to the old culprits: meat, dairy, and eggs. Gluten is “New”. It’s a word many people never heard. It draws attention and is a perfect bogeyman. No doubt, in time, this mania shall pass. Then there will be another victim - perhaps hot dogs? Sorry Oscar Meyer. I do love a juicy hot dog with mustard, sauerkraut, and grilled onions, but you know you’re always vulnerable to CHOLESTEROL. If it was my choice to pick out the next public food enemy number one, I would simply change the word from gluten to glutton.

I truly sympathize with those who have severe food allergies. It can be very difficult to be on a restrictive diet, especially when trying to dine out. But, for the millions of allergy free “Joe Eaters”, here are some mouth-watering, words of wisdom: “In all things not too much,” said Socrates, and likewise, Aristotle spoke of the “Golden Mean.” What these great philosophers were saying over two thousand years ago holds true today. If we stay within the bounds of extremes, chances are we will stay out of trouble. Work, play, exercise, relax, and enjoy all the pleasures of the palate…including pretzels, of course. After all, pretzels are “Certified Gluten Enriched”.

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Facebook Photo Contest 2/23-3/16

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Here is your chance to show us where you would like to see our pretzels being sold and win some of your own!</span>

 

1.      Print out designated pretzel picture.

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2.      Take a picture of the pretzel in front of where you would like to see them being sold or of yourself in

         front of where they are already being sold.

3.      Email, Facebook Message, or Tweet the picture to us with your name and email address.

4.      We will post the picture on our Facebook page.

5.      Encourage your friends and others to "like" your picture.

6.      The picture with the most “Likes” will win one item from our online retail store*.

7.      The contest dates are from 2/23/11-3/16/11, winner will be posted on 3/17/11.

*Winner will receive an online coupon good for one item shipped within the 50 US states.

Send Photos To:

www.facebook.com/sandiegopretzel

 twitter - @sandiegopretzel

info@sandiegopretzel.com

GOOD LUCK AND MAY THE BEST PICTURE WIN!

-The San Diego Pretzel Company Team

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