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Review: President’s Choice Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels

President’s Choice Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels, in their nice sturdy tub.

Breaded chicken stuffed with cheese and ham? Classy. Pretzels stuffed with peanut butter? Admittedly less classy, but still fine at cocktail parties, provided they are placed in a silver dish with tiny sugar-cube serving tongs.

These curious President’s Choice peanut butter filled pretzels showed up at my place of employ as part of a media mailing, and our friendly neighbourhood food writer Liane figured NEAROF! would give them a good home. And so …

The Look: Little pillow-shaped rectangular chunks of pinched-off pretzel, cooked to a golden brown and covered in coarse salt. They’re in a plastic tub, which is actually a great idea. You can close the lid between snacking sessions, and the container is sturdy enough to be reused.

The Taste: Dry and salty, but not in a bad way. The pretzel tastes like, um, pretzel, and is as dry and mouth-parching as you’d expect it to be. The peanut butter is OK but also quite dry. It forms a nugget in the middle of the pretzel that rattles around a bit when you shake it.

What does it look like when you crack open a peanut butter filled pretzel? Like this. Note the solid nugget of peanut butter.

RATINGS AND DETAILS

Cost: $4.99 for a 680 gram tub at Superstore. Got mine for free as a press promo.

Value for cash money: Great. That’s a lot of peanut butter pretzel for the price.

Availability: Superstore.

Nutrition?: Per 50 gram serving (approx. 17 pieces): 250 calories, 12 grams of fat, 390 mg of sodium, 2 grams of fibre, 8 grams of protein. The serving size, 17 pieces, may not sound like a lot, but I can’t eat that many in a sitting.

The verdict: Not bad. One of those hybrid junk foods that at first seems like a silly idea, then turns out to be a decent little snack. I personally wouldn’t buy a tub of these, but I’d happily grab a handful from the snack table at a friend’s cottage.

President’s Choice Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels look sort of like salted, roasted, golden-brown pillow mints.

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