Have you ever eked into a bar and wondered why so many salty snacks were laid out for the patrons? Pretzels, peanuts, popcorn, one or all three might be available at any bar at any time. Perhaps it’s a gesture of goodwill, the establishment’s way of saying “thank you” for dropping in for a tasty beverage or two. Perhaps. However, there’s another reason why so many salty snacks are abundant. And, if you’re a bar owner, there are a few good reasons why you should keep them in good supply. 

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A Spoon Full of Salt Makes the Beverages go Down…

The chemical name for salt is sodium chloride. When we consume this chemical compound, the receptors in our brain that recognize tase are temporarily weakened. This is also why tequila drinkers usually have a pinch of salt before slamming down a shot or two. If someone’s drinking a beer that is heavy on hops, the salt can actually amplify the flavor, making it more enjoyable. Leaving some salty snacks out for your patrons means they’ll be buying more in no time. 

Salt Creates Thirst 

It’s no secret that consumption of anything salty requires something to wash it down with. Now that we’ve touched base upon the advantage of having salty snacks available let’s break down the economic incentives for having them available to your patrons. Salty snacks, when purchased in bulk or wholesale, are relatively inexpensive. On average, let’s say they’re $5 a bag. If someone’s planning on buying up some IPAs at $7 a pop, you’re bound to recoup a sizable return on your salty purchase. 

Turn up the Taste

Science is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? While it’s true that salty snacks make beer go down easier, this union is very much a two-way street. Alcoholic beverages always go well with salty snacks, and as we consume more beers, we get a hankering for some peanuts, fries, or chips. There’s a reason for that. Alcohol makes those snacks much more enjoyable. So you see, salt and alcohol are very much the yin and yang of an enjoyable night at the bar. 

Boardwalk Food Co. 

With beer and salt being such an outstanding combination, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s finally a snack that seamlessly combines both. At Boardwalk Food Company, we specialize in craft beer-inspired pretzels that are perfect for any brewery, bar, or tavern. To find out where you can place an order, visit us at boardwalkfoodco.com.

When it comes to the world of the culinary arts, there are a variety of combinations that seem like they were always perfect for one another. This isn’t by accident; combinations of certain flavors pair exceptionally well because of the receptors in our brain and the amplification found in our sense of taste.  Decoding the sensory experience proves that there is indeed a science behind flavor and taste. Today, we explore this subject material in the form of sweet and spicy foods. Bon Appetite! 

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Sense of Taste & The Process of Flavor 

It might interest you to know that all five senses help determine flavor. The experience of our senses and the flavors we enjoy while eating is known as retro nasal olfaction. More than taste, our sense of smell helps identify certain flavors. Even our sense of sight allows our brain to identify the flavorings of certain food when we first come into contact with them. 

The Science of Sweet & Spicy 

Any historian will tell you that many cultures have been blending flavors together for centuries. One of the oldest combinations of sweetness and spice can be traced back to the Aztecs, who combined peppers and chocolate together to form xocoatl. The combination of sweet and spicy is processed with two unique flavor receptors that have very different jobs. The spice actually binds our tastebuds, with the sweetness balancing out the initial shock from the pepper. 

The Zen of Balance Between Sweet & Spicy 

When it comes to achieving the perfect compromise between sweet and spicy, it’s a delicate balance that needs to be just right. If you’re a newcomer to the world of spicy foods, sweet and spicy combinations can be one of the best ways to adjust your palate. An example of balancing the sweet and the spicy can be found in a cocktail such as jalapeño, mango, and passion fruit. A jalapeno margarita is another perfect example—with the cool mezcal and sugary rim balancing out the jalapeño flavor of the drink itself. 

Sweet and Spicy Pretzels from Boardwalk Food Co. 

At Boardwalk, we specialize in a combination that millions have long been waiting for. Our craft beer-inspired pretzels are perfect for any brewery looking to merge an endless number of flavor combinations. For our products and information to order them wholesale, visit us at boardwalkfoodco.com.

Pretzels and potato chips are two of the most common snack items for Americans, and it’s been that way for several decades now.

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Which is better? Well, that might depend on individual preference. However, we’d say the consensus is that pretzels absolutely demolish potato chips by a wide margin.

Here’s why . . .

Contrasting Pretzels & Potato Chips

These are the main substantive differences between pretzels and potato chips.

Skip Potato Chips - Enjoy Beer-Inspired Craft Pretzels from Boardwalk Food Company

The other problem with potato chips is that you usually get nothing but a boring “plain” flavor or some other poor option like “salt and vinegar.” At Boardwalk Food Company, we fix that problem by offering four vibrant flavors of our beer-inspired craft pretzels: Sweet & Spicy Sriracha, Beer Cheese, Pilsner, and IPA.

We combine the crispy crunch of a pretzel with unique flavors that pair perfectly with craft beer. They’re great for all ages, so you can get them to fill your family’s snack pantry.  They come in convenient packs of 4, 8oz pretzels or 6, 4oz bags.  

You can get several combinations of our four beer-inspired craft pretzels when you shop around our merchandise at Boardwalk Food Company

If you’re a brewery or bar owner and you want your patrons to buy snacks from you (rather than bring junk food inside), then this is a must-have. Let us know if you want to know about our wholesale program.  
Contact us anytime to find out how you can replace those greasy potato chips with tasty craft pretzels.

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