Photo: Elizabeth Hait, AOL
In one of Slashfood's biggest taste tests to date, we dive into the world of supermarket pretzels -- over 110 bags in all. You didn't realize there were that many varieties of pretzels? Neither did we. So to keep things simple, we decided to break up the taste test into 12 categories: sticks, extra-dark, honey wheat, multigrain, flavored, crisps, old fashioned, gluten-free, unsalted, rods, sourdough and traditional.
It didn't take long to conclude that pretzels are a very personal thing. Everyone has a favorite variety, shape and flavor -- and people like wildly different amounts of salt. So to level out the playing field, we invited employees from all over AOL to join in and vote for their favorites.
After the jump, find out how we voted and flip through our gallery to find out our favorites, as well as the brands we'd skip.
In order to win the category, the pretzels had to be/have:
- The right ratio of salt-to-pretzel
- No odd/ chemical-like aftertaste
- Not too dry - didn't need water to wash it down immediately
- Flavorful: When comparing pretzels side-by-side, some were tasteless, mass-produced creations, while others stood up to their "brick oven-baked" claims.
The "Flavor" category was the hardest to compare. Whether a person enjoys mustard, cheese, buffalo, ranch or pizza flavored pretzels is personal preference. But at the end of the day, one bag was completely empty and everyone was asking, "Where can we find those pretzels..."