Types of Pretzels

Pretzels are a perfect snack because of how amazing they are. Depending on the type of pretzel you have, it can satisfy your craving. If you’re craving for something salty or something sweet, it’s no doubt that pretzels will help satisfy your cravings.

Traditionally, pretzel doughs are made of lye as it gives its distinct flavor. But since lye is dangerous, it’s only used to a minimum. Nowadays, unhealthy additives from some varieties are removed, and doughs range from whole wheat to sourdough to no yeast to the gluten-free dough.

Here are some of the types of pretzels that you may love:

Main Types of Pretzels

The main types of pretzels are soft and hard. The soft ones are often served with dips or mustard, while the hard ones are more likely to be eaten plain.

Soft Pretzel

It was the first type of pretzel invented. It was found in Italy in 610 AD when a monk formed shapes out of leftover bread dough during the Lent and baked the shapes. He twisted the dough to represent the hands folded in prayer. These bread treats are called “pretiola,” which is Latin for “small reward,” which was given as a reward for young children for learning their prayers.

It became popular throughout Europe and has been generally associated with Austrian bakeries and Bavaria. In Bavaria, it was called “retzels,” “brezls,” and it was traditionally served for breakfast with a German white sausage.

Soft pretzels are usually in the form of classic twisted shapes that are available in different flavors, in both sweet and savory varieties. These pretzels are most often served hot, right out from the best microwave oven. These usually contain fillings, which may include cheese, cream cheese, pizza style, peppers, egg, cinnamon, apples, mustard, berries, chocolate, caramel, raisins, pepperoni, or sour cream. They also vary in dough and salt gradation. Soft pretzels can also come in different shapes and toppings.

Hard Pretzel

Hard pretzels are popular in the US, and it was invented by accident during the 17th century. Legend has it that a baker’s helper fell asleep while in the job while his batch of soft pretzels was over-baking by the fire. The baker was about to throw away that batch, but he first tasted one and was surprised by how good the crunchy pretzels were. This type of pretzel became famous for its crunch and because it stayed fresher much longer than soft pretzels. However, in 1861, an American named Julius Sturgis was credited for developing the first hard pretzels – or the first to intentionally bake one and sell – in a town in Pennsylvania.

Hard pretzels are available today in so many varieties, such as the classic twist shape and the stick shape. Twists can be regular-sized or miniature, while the sticks are thinner and more common than the thicker pretzel rod. Ring-shaped hard pretzels are also sold sometimes today.

Common hard pretzel additives include butter, sesame, mustard, jalapeno, soy, barbeque, and sesame. Hard pretzels found today are usually dipped in chocolate, yogurt, and other fun flavors. They vary in shape, from the old-style twist, bite-sized logs, waffle shapes, arms-crossed cutout, little sticks, to thick rods.

Where to Buy
Rold Gold Tiny Twists Pretzels, 16 Ounce
Newman's Own Organics Pretzels, Spelt, 7-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)
Flipz Milk Chocolate Pretzels 5oz 6 Count
Utz Sourdough Specials Pretzels Fishbowl Barrel, 60 Ounce
Quinn Snacks Non-GMO and Gluten Free Pretzels, Classic Sea Salt, 7 Ounce
Snyder's of Hanover Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks, 8 Ounce


Popular Types of Pretzels

Basic Twists

The twist is the original and most basic of all pretzel shapes. It’s the standard shape of an authentic pretzel. Plain twist pretzels are perfect for dipping, whether for peanut butter, hummus, or Nutella.

One of the most classic options for your picnic, Rold Gold Tiny Twist pretzels are of the perfect size for social snacking.

Newman’s Own Organics Pretzels are made without additional flavors, artificial colors, and preservatives. This product is certified organic and loaded with protein and fiber.

Will you turn down chocolate-covered pretzels? You probably won’t, with Flipz Milk Chocolate Pretzels. These have the perfect ratio of chocolate coating to pretzels.

This is a crowd favorite among pretzel lovers, as the Utz Sourdough Specials Pretzels Fishbowl Barrel is loaded with sourdough pretzels that are crunchy, light, and perfectly salty.

Pretzel sticks

It’s a brittle, hard pretzel type that’s crunchy and takes the form of a stick. It’s typically slender and salted.

Quinn Snacks Pretzels are one of the most delicious gluten-free snacks out there. It’s manufactured using revolutionary farm-to-bag technology, and are mostly made from whole grain sorghum. It’s perfect for dipping in mustard, chocolate, or peanut butter.

Gluten-free snackers approve these wheat-free pretzel sticks because of its light and crispy crunch and rich taste.

Where to Buy
Kirkland Signature Peanut Butter Pretzel, 52 Ounce
On Tap Kitchen Original Salted Pretzels - Organic Gourmet Pretzels Baked Mini Nugget Pieces 7oz
Gluten Free Original Soft Pretzel w/Salt - 16.2 oz (Pack of 8)
Bakery Authentic Bavarian lightly salted Soft Pretzel, Pack of 10
Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps, Original, 14 Ounce Value Size
Brauhaus Bavarian Pretzel, 5 Ounce -- 32 per case
24-Ounce Authentic Bavarian Soft Pretzel (1)



Pretzel nuggets are your classic bite-sized pretzels that are the crunchiest and the saltiest shape. Because of its shape, it’s a perfect on-the-go snack. It’s also one of the pretzel shapes that kids love.

Kirkland Signature Peanut Butter Pretzel is something you want to have when you’re looking to indulge yourself. These delicious pretzels are seriously addictive, and the peanut butter filling will make you munching for more.

On Tap Kitchen Original Salted Pretzels are individually packed and baked to crunchy and crispy perfection. It’s made with whole grain, whole wheat, whole rye, and high-oleic sunflower oil. The packaging is great for snacking on the go.

Big soft pretzels

Big soft pretzels are anyone’s favorite. It’s a classic snack at the stadium. It’s also easy to bake at home.

Hand-twisted, buttery and melt-in-your-mouth goodness, Tonya’s Gluten-Free Original Soft Pretzel is an excellent snack of choice. It’s made of all-natural ingredients that are wheat-free and gluten-free. Use an oven toaster or microwave to serve it hot.

This fresh, homemade, soft pretzel is lightly salted for your plain enjoyment. If you can’t get pretzels fresh from your bakery, the BND Gourmet Bakery Authentic Bavarian Lightly Salted Soft Pretzel might be your best bet!

Pretzel crisps

Pretzel crisps are such a versatile pretzel. It doubles as a chip, as well. They are lighter alternatives to regular pretzels if you’re looking for the pretzel taste minus the stuffiness. Best of all, it comes in many different flavors.

This thin, crunchy, baked pretzel crackers from Snack Factory Original Pretzel Crisps is built for dipping and dunking. It’s a great vessel for your favorite dips, like hummus, guacamole, and other spreads.

German pretzels

German pretzels are shaped a little bit different than the pretzels common in America. Its middle part is thicker, and the ends thin out so you can have a defined pretzel shape with three holes. It’s a fresh bread ring with a surface treated with baking soda and sprinkled with soft grains.

This is a hand-crafted, Bavarian style, soft German pretzel with an earthy rye flavor. It’s crunchy on the outside but light and fluffy on the inside.

When it comes to big pretzels, this one will wow you. Be a conversation starter at your next party when you bring a 24-ounce Milwaukee Pretzel Company Authentic Bavarian Soft Pretzel. It’s hand-rolled, twisted, and shipped fresh.