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Jul 17, 2017

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I have to admit, pretzel bites are pretty tasty. They’re crunchy and savoury (okay, a tad too salty) but tasty they are (with a giant glass of water to compensate). Move over potato chips, I’m in love with these bite size little pretzel bits. They’re crunchy and flavourful and you only need a little bit to feel happy and satisfied.

I was at my local grocery store and picked up this bag of Neal Brothers Foods Honey Mustard Pretzels. I’ve had other Neal Brothers Foods products before and wanted to see how these would fare compared to my usual preferred brand.

Any guesses?

What ingredients are in the Neal Brothers Foods Honey Mustard Pretzels?

First things first, here are the ingredients that went into the Neal Brothers Foods honey mustard pretzels: unbleached enriched wheat flour, yeast, soybean oil, salt, natural flavours, malt, soda, honey/mustard/onion seasoning (canola oil, sugar, dried mustard (distilled vinegar, spice, salt, malto-dextrin, modified food starch, turmeric), whey, lactose, dextrose, dried honey, onion powder, spice, salt, wheat starch, garlic powder, sodium diacetate, citric acid, horseradish powder, natural flavour, soybean oil, silica gel).

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How does the ingredient list stack to my usual Snyder’s brand? Well, it’s comparable but different. Neal Brothers Foods pretzel bites are made with unbleached enriched wheat flour while the Snyder’s brand uses enriched flour. Both use a mishmash of other ingredients that customers would likely have varying opinions of.  Here’s what my bag of Snyder’s of Hanover Honey Mustard and Onion Pretzel Pieces (see my earlier review here and I’ll re-post the link below too) is made with:

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You can do the comparison and decide for yourself.


Next, an interesting comparison: let’s take a look at what the two Nutrition Facts for both products.

Here is the Neal Brothers Foods Honey Mustard Pretzels Nutrition Facts:

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Here is the one for the Snyder’s of Hanover Honey Mustard and Onion Pretzel Pieces:

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Notice anything?

I did make a few observations. For one, the serving size is bigger in the Neal Brothers Foods (50g) and contains 10% of your daily intake of sodium, 5% of fat, 12% of carbohydrates, but nothing for vitamin A, C, calcium, and finally 4% iron.

The Snyder’s of Hanover brand however has, per 40g serving, noticeably more fat (15%), more sodium (14%), and fewer carbohydrates (8%). It also doesn’t have vitamin A, C, or calcium but does have more iron (8%). The Snyder’s of Hanover brand also has thiamin (15%), riboflavin (8%), niacin (8%), and folate (25%) which weren’t present in the Neal Brothers Foods version.

Thoughts? Actually, let me tell you how they taste before you comment.


Time for Taste Test: Neal Brothers Foods honey mustard pretzels

Open the bag of Neal Brothers Foods honey mustard pretzels and this is what you’ll be greeted with:

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Cute little identical pretzel bites just ready for the chomping, each lightly dusted with seasoning and they certainly don’t disappoint. True to expectation, the Neal Brothers Foods honey mustard pretzels are trusty, savoury and have a noticeable honey mustard kick.

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Although they do have less sodium than the Snyder’s of Hanover brand, I definitely did not find them bland. In fact, I felt the flavours were well balanced – crunchy, slightly sweet with a hit of pungent mustard. In fact, if I had to be picky, the salt could have been reduced even more.


Final Thoughts

Well, I guess it boils down to options and preferences. On the one hand, I really like that the Neal Brothers Foods Honey Mustard Pretzels have the lower sodium content. I worry less about the ingredient list because I know this is a ‘sometimes’ food. Don’t get me wrong, I have my limits but this treat falls well within that limit. On the other hand though, I prefer the odd-shaped pretzel bits that you get with the Snyder’s of Hanover brand. This is what the Snyder’s of Hanover brand pretzel bits look like:

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In my ideal world, I would put those two elements together and then you’d have ultimate perfection: odd shaped bits lightly dusted with a honey mustard flavour that isn’t too salty…yum. Even better, can you imagien one made with just a few choice quality ingredients? One can only dream.

For now, I’m quite happy to keep both on my ‘sometimes’ treat list! If you want to know more about the Neal Brothers brand, see information below!

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p.s. if you want to read my Snyder’s of Hanover pretzel bits review, click on the link below:
Who needs chips when you’ve got Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Pieces!

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