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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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January Pretzel Tours

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One of our favorite moments at the pretzel factory is providing tours to the public. We greatly enjoy our visitors and educating the world about soft pretzels. Of course we practice good succession planning in developing top performing pretzel rollers too! Check out our recent photos on our Facebook page  - http://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoPretzel  These 1st and 2nd graders rolled some pretty awesome pretzels!

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The topping selection is always exciting for us too! Yesterday we saw a Traditional soft pretzel with cinnamon sugar, hot fudge and caramel sauce, it looked delicious!

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Soft Pretzel Pudding Recipes and More...

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While soft pretzels are scrumptious plain or with pretzel salt, we are always searching for new and creative ways to serve our favorite twisted treats. 

We recently doubled the size of the recipes and pretzel serving suggestions. New recipes such as Soft Pretzel Pudding, Soft pretzels with a Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce and Cream Cheese are delicious ways to serve your pretzels at home or in your restaurant.They also make for great appetizers and desserts for your favorite football game gathering.

You can see our updated recipe page here:

http://sandiegopretzel.com/wholesale/resource-center/tools/109-menuservings-suggestions.html

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Soft Pretzel Fundraiisng

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We just put up a new web page on our site - Soft Pretzel Fundraising.

Soft pretzels are a unique, healthy and delicious snack that can be sold by your school or organization to raise money. We offer wholesale pricing to your organization and even deliver free in San Diego County with a minimum purchase.

You can learn more about our program here:

http://www.sandiegopretzel.com/catering/pretzel-fundraising.html

Happy Selling!

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Serving Soft Pretzels Made Easy

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Did you know we have detailed heating and serving instructions now online?

Heating and enjoying soft pretzels is an easy preparation process. The San Diego Pretzel Company authentic Bavarian soft pretzels are versatile and can be heated in a variety of equipment from microwaves to ovens to camp stoves or grills!

While we always recommend that lightly moistening the pretzel with water is the healthiest preparation, we have had lots of customer feedback for everything from brushed butter to honey butter to molasses or carmel sauce.

To access our instructions click here.

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New Recipe Web Page

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Today we posted some serving suggestions and recipes for great ways to serve up your favorite twisted treats. This will be an ongoing section to our website, and we greatly appreciate feedback and suggestions. How do you like to serve your soft pretzel?

You can reach us at our contact page or via direct email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can see the new pages by clicking below:

http://sandiegopretzel.com/wholesale/resource-center/tools/109-menuservings-suggestions.html

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New Online Pretzels

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We are pleased to announce that we will be offering two new soft pretzel selections in our online store.

Our new pretzels are:

Bavarian Multigrain Soft Pretzel 5.5 Oz 8 Ct bag - Tantalize your taste buds with our authentic Bavarian Multigrain soft pretzels filled with millet, barley, corn, triticale, and rye for a crunchy,   high-fiber, healthy snack. 

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Philly Soft Pretzel 5.5 Oz 8 Ct bag -We’ve taken our finest authentic Bavarian pretzels, and made them in the classic Philadelphia style to achieve that dense flavor and incredible chew. The Philly pretzels are rolled in pairs, to ensure you always get an “end” pretzel.

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Both selections are currently available at www.amazon.com and will be available directly on our website in the next few weeks.

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First Commercial

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We are proud to present the first ever San Diego Pretzel Company commercial. Enjoy!!!




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Don't Forget About Dad!

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Don't forget about Dad!

Don't forget about Dad! Father's Day is just around the corner, and what better way to say thanks than with one of our Twisted Treats! He will love either an eight count bag of our Twisted Traditional Pretzels or our new Jumbo Traditional Gift Box with an 11oz Double Twisted Bavarian Soft Pretzel.

All orders come with a customizable gift message, just enter your message under customer notes during check out and we will take care of the rest. All Father's Day orders will be shipped out on Tuesday 6/15/10 to arrive by Friday 6/18/10. If you would like your order to arrive earlier, please let us know in the "Customer Notes" section during the check out process.

Be sure to order by Tuesday June 15th at 2pm PST to ensure delivery in time for Father's Day.

As a special thank you to all the fathers out there, we are also offering 12% off your order, simply enter "DAD10" in the coupon/promotion box.

Happy Father's Day,


San Diego Pretzel Company





224 West 12th Street • National City, CA 91950 • 619.336.0500
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.sandiegopretzel.com

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Help Needed To Name Our Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Besides pretzels, we also bake other products upon request. For one, we actually co pack a healthy, vegetarian, dog biscuit for a company called Healthy Hound . Made from rolled oats, unsweetened apple sauce, and other delicious seasonings, my staff and I eat our share of them while still warm coming right out of the oven. Seriously…they’re delicious.
Another product we make is the Del Mar Carrot Crumb Cake which was developed upon request for the Del Mar Race Track Turf Club. It’s a moist carrot cake with cream cheese frosting topped with lots of crumbs.

Just recently, we’ve put together a chocolate chip cookie for San Diego State University. They wanted to go up scale with a special cookie, and we were happy to oblige. But we need your help. We don’t know what to call our new cookie. So, if anyone reading this newsletter has a good name to call our new chocolate chip cookie for SDSU, please let us know, and if we select your suggestion for the name, we will send you an entire case, 48 - 4 ounce chocolate chip cookies, to your door. We will announce the winning name on this blog and on Facebook. Just post your suggestion on our blog page or email us your chocolate chip cookie name to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Look forward to hearing from you.

Harris Golden
Pretzelogist
San Diego Pretzel Co.

P.S. Guess what? The recipe for the chocolate chip cookies can be found in the book Pleasures Of The Palate, but without almonds.
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A Sweet Pretzel Story

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A little old lady sold pretzels on a street corner for 25 cents each. Every day a young man would leave his office building at lunch time and as he passed the pretzel stand, out of the kindness of his heart, he would leave her a quarter, but never take a pretzel.

This went on for more than 3 years. The two of them never spoke.

Then one day as the young man passed the old lady's stand and left his quarter as usual, the pretzel lady finally spoke to him.

Without blinking an eye she said, "Hey, they're 35 cents now."

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ALL NEW PRETZEL CONTEST

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On The News!

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Wake up to a HOT San Diego Pretzel

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the pretzel was accidentally cooked too long and Rolan continued his acting job...

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Pretzel Improves Painting

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James improves his painting skills after eating some of the San Diego Pretzel.

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Pretzels at Superbowl 2009

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These smaller versions of the pretzels make great for a Superbowl party. It was a great addition to our Superbowl 2009 party. Note: there are also Pretzel Dogs below the pretzels, also made by the San Diego Pretzel Co.
















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Erika enjoys her dank pretzel

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Here is one sample of how enjoyable these pretzels really are...

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