You would be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t aware of what pretzels are, let alone someone who hasn’t tasted one at least once in their lifetime. Many negative comments have been made regarding the practice of snacking. Understandably so, chips, sweets, and other items have been frowned upon by aficionados of healthy eating. That said, pretzels can be made to be part of a healthy diet. But don’t take our word for it—we consulted the experts to help us extoll the virtues of this tasty treat. 

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Healthy Benefits 

Pretzels come in many different forms and flavors and can be prepared in a variety of ways. For the sake of keeping our results simple, we’ll be comparing the virtues of soft pretzels, usually found in a bakery, and hard ones found in ample supply from Boardwalk Food Co. First and foremost, 1 oz of hard pretzels contain less than 3 gram of sugar, 3 grams of protein, only a half a gram of saturated fat. (Not too shabby of you to ask us.) 

Both soft and hard pretzels also contain a fair amount of the minerals we need to help sustain a healthy lifestyle. Folate, copper, iron, niacin, selenium, and zinc are all found in pretzels, making them a great supplementary addition to a balanced and nutritious meal. The primary ingredient that pretzels are made from, flour, gets broken down by the human body and converted into energy during the process of digestion. 

On the other end of the spectrum is the second ingredient of pretzels, salt, or, as it’s known in scientific circles, sodium chloride. While consumption of salt is always best in moderation, the benefits it has to offer the human body are essential for maintaining health. Sodium chloride can best be described as the reliable courier of the body. The chemical helps absorb and transport the nutrients to the various parts of the body that need them the most. They also transmit signals through the nervous system and assist the cardiovascular system in maintaining blood pressure. 

This combination of flour and salt is beneficial and essential for a healthy lifestyle. Pour out some pretzels and a glass of water. But most of all, enjoy yourself! 

Boardwalk Craft Pretzels 

Boardwalk Food co. specializes in pretzels that the very best craft beers have inspired. We specialize in wholesale and are the perfect complimentary item to be served at your bar or restaurant. For more information on us and what we have to offer, pay us a visit at

Kids, snackers, and pub patrons worldwide share a common bond with one another—their fondness and appreciation for the pretzel. These tasty knots made of dough and salt have a world of admirers who love to dig in, whether it’s while having a few cold ones or just satisfying the need for a quick snack. However, the story of how these tasty morsels are made might be unknown to you. And we can assure you that the history of the pretzel is just as appetizing as the snacks themselves. Let’s dive right in and enjoy ourselves! 

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Tasty Treats Made by Monks 

If you think the pretzel is a modern marvel or at least one that has its roots in the restraint industry, then it might surprise you to know that their lineage has a more sacred beginning than most. It wasn’t a master chef who was responsible for their inception, but rather monastery monks who were responsible for the training and molding of young minds. To reward their pupils for their due diligence, monks began baking the dough in the shape of a cross. And, from this point forward, the pretzel would gain in popularity and take the world by storm. 

Progress & Revolution 

From the hands of monastery monks to the bakeries and bars, it seems the pretzel has always been a part of the world. As time marched on and the industrial revolution took shape in the 19th century, the concept of mass production swept the globe. Consumer goods, which were previously made painstakingly by hand, could now be produced in large numbers in shorter periods of time. While many manufacturers fully embraced this concept by the time the 20th century began, it took a while for the pretzel to benefit from this leap forward. In fact, it would not be until 1947 that pretzel production became automated. 

The introduction of automated pretzel machine would be introduced that year in Reading, Pennsylvania. Up until then, a skilled pretzel artisan could craft 40 by hand. Now, this number was multiplied, and the time it took to tie, twist, and salt was greatly reduced. This practice continues to the present day, and companies such as Boardwalk Food make craft-beer-inspired pretzels that pack a taste that’s out of this world.  

We specialize in wholesale and are the perfect complimentary item to be served at your bar or restaurant. For more information on us and what we have to offer, pay us a visit at

One of the most important aspects of success in the business world is determining what products and services are sought after in high volume by consumers and members of a target demographic. The business world is in a constant state of evolution and is guided by the rise and fall and trends and popularity. That said, one of the most notable items to gain notoriety in recent years is an unexpected contender existing within the bar and restaurant industry—the pretzel. One of the most recognizable and enjoyed snack treats, a recent wave of innovation has led to a spurt in popularity, and it’s the perfect time to take advantage of it. 

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The Cause

It might surprise you to find out that the revenue generated by pretzels in recent years has been remarkably high, with sales figures estimated at upwards of 1.7 billion. This rise in popularity has been attributed to two primary factors. The first is due in part to the return to normalcy following the global pandemic. Many bars and restaurants serve up these salty pieces of fried dough along with alcoholic beverages, and with many places open and in business, the need to have them readily available for thirsty patrons has led to increased demand. 

The second of these has been a recent boom in innovation. Many companies have been looking at the snack treat and thinking of new ways to experiment with taste and presentation. With many people becoming more acquainted with online shopping, several are looking for new brands that are more exciting than the age-old recipes that many are accustomed to. With more people becoming health-conscious regarding their diet, snack foods that are lower in fat have become sought after, and the pretzel is among the top contenders. 

Future Projections 

Many industry experts who have been watching the pretzel boom closely have determined that the sales figures, which have already been favorable, will only continue to rise in the next few years. This is due to the increased demand and innovation of the snack treat. It’s expected that many companies have the potential to be bought by larger distributors leading to a spike in competition, which always brings out the best in design and development. 

Boardwalk Craft Pretzels 

Speaking of innovation, Boardwalk Food co. specializes in pretzels that have been inspired by the very best craft beers. We specialize in wholesale and are the perfect complimentary item to be served at your bar or restaurant. For more information on us and what we have to offer, pay us a visit at

Why are Boardwalk Craft Pretzels made in pieces? I get that question from time to time and the answer is quite simple. After trying every form of pretzel possible, I found breaking sourdough pretzels into pieces is best for seasoning. The pretzels take on the flavor of the spices while still giving the big pretzel crunch and malty flavor I love.  


Let me explain.  

One thing that makes pretzels so awesome as a bar snack is the golden brown crust. In the baking process, pretzel dough is dipped into a hot, alkaline solution prior to baking. During this process, the sugars in the dough caramelize and starch gelatinizes creating the brown color and flavor contrast that make pretzels so yummy!  

As tasty as this is, it does pose a problem for seasoning. The caramelized golden crust is not an ideal surface for holding spices. This is why you see a lot of seasoned pretzel companies use thinner sticks or twists. There is less pretzel flavor to compete so you don’t need as much spice.  It works and there are a lot of delicious seasoned sticks and twists out there.  

Breaking larger sourdough pretzels exposes the inside of the pretzel which absorbs the seasonings much better than the outside crust. I can use larger pieces that allow the malty flavor of the pretzel dough to come through. I also enjoy the satisfying pretzel crunch you get from a larger piece. To me, it is the best of both worlds: unique seasoning blends and the flavor that made me such a big fan of pretzels in the first place.

In short, there is no better snack to have with a nice cold craft beer!  


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

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


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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