Are Pretzels Kosher?
Kosher refers to a set of biblical rules regarding food and food preparation. No matter which type of snack food you choose – pretzels, popcorn, potato chips, etc. – there is usually a quick way to identify whether or not they are kosher by checking the special markings on their packages.
On Unique Pretzel Bakery products, you will find the letter “U” inside a circle (or “O”) on each package, followed by the letter “D”. These symbols, called hekhshers, ensure that our pretzels meet the high standards of the Orthodox Union (OU), the most widely recognized kosher certification agency in the world.
The “OU-D” symbol indicates that the pretzels are a kosher dairy product and either contain dairy ingredients or are manufactured on equipment that is also used to make products with dairy ingredients.
There are hundreds of kosher certification symbols, such as the “OK” (“K” inside a circle) and the “Star K” (“K” inside a star), but each one is a registered trademark of a specific kosher certification organization and cannot be placed on food packaging without the organization’s permission.
About Unique Pretzel Bakery
Unique Pretzel Bakery is a 120-year old family-owned business founded in Reading, PA, during the late 1890’s that has grown for six generations. Our most famous brand is Unique Pretzels “Splits”, a split-open pretzel which was accidentally invented in the early 1950’s after the dough was left to set too long and the pretzels split during baking.
Today, we make 16 delicious varieties of pretzels that are available from our website and in stores along the East Coast, including Wegmans, Fresh Market, Whole Foods and Giant stores.
In addition to the traditional pretzel recipe we’ve been using for more than a century, we have introduced the only 100% Whole Grain Sprouted Flour pretzels in the industry. They are kosher pretzels, vegan, diabetic-friendly, and may benefit people who are sensitive to traditional flours and those who simply want to eat better.
What are Sprouted Whole Grain Pretzels?
Our Sprouted “Splits” and Sprouted Shells are made with a revolutionary new sprouted flour from Essential Eating® Sprouted Foods. It has excellent baking characteristics, great flavor and kosher certified, but one of its best features is that the body digests the sprouted whole wheat flour more like a vegetable than a starch.
Whole grains are actually the dormant seeds of plants (wheat, barley, spelt, corn, rice, oats, sorghum, rye, millet and others), and the seeds have the potential to germinate (sprout) and grow into new plants when provided with the right temperatures and moisture conditions.
The majority of the grains we eat today have been processed to give them a softer, finer texture and improve their shelf life. There is nothing wrong with them, but the “refining” process removes the grain’s germ and bran which contain most of their naturally occurring dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Even when “enriched” to replace some of the lost nutrients, they are never the same.
When properly sprouted, and rinsed, dried, sifted and milled into flour, 100% of the whole grain and all of its nutrients are preserved. Because the process removes the bitterness found in un-sprouted whole grains, there is no need for sweeteners and other additives to improve the taste. It’s naturally more delicious because it has not been bleached, refined or over-processed. And each serving of pretzels gives you a higher percentage of healthy whole grains.
The pretzels we make from sprouted whole grain flour are:
- Trans-fat free
- Low in fat
- High in fiber
Unique Pretzels’ Sprouted “Splits” and Sprouted Shells are kosher and nutritious. Instead of snacking on un-sprouted whole grain pretzels that require pancreatic enzymes to digest, why not choose pretzels made from sprouted whole grains that are classified as vegetables by the USDA – a much healthier choice!