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When hunger strikes, having snacks on hand can help you satisfy your cravings and get back to your day. CVS has a huge selection of snacks available for you to buy online without having to visit the grocery store. In this product selection, you'll find all of the different types of pretzels currently for sale.

What Are Pretzels?

Pretzels are a very popular snack. The food can be traced back to the Middle Ages in Europe. Originally, pretzels were made by twisting bread dough into knots and baking them in the oven until they were golden brown. These types of pretzels are called soft pretzels today. Hard pretzels are the variety typically sold as a quick snack. The pretzels are made out of enriched flour, yeast, water, and shortening. After the dough is mixed, the pretzels are formed, dipped in a bath, and then dusted with salt. Then, they are baked at a very high temperature to make them hard and crispy.

Comparing Shapes and Sizes

As you shop for hard pretzels, you'll want to keep the shape and size in mind. Pretzels are made in a variety of shapes, including knots, rods, sticks, and discs. Generally, the shape does not affect the taste of the pretzel, so you can choose the type most appealing to you without worry about differences in flavor. Pretzels also vary in size. With smaller pretzels, there are generally more pieces in the recommended serving size.

Considering Nutrition

When shopping for pretzels, you can compare the nutritional information for help selecting the right snack. The nutritional label will tell you how many pretzels are in one serving. In addition, the label provides information on the number of calories and the amount of fat in each serving. It's important to limit the number of servings you consume per day for weight control.  Another important consideration is sodium content. Because they are salted, pretzels are often high in sodium. People who are on low-sodium diets for blood pressure or heart health may need to consume pretzels only in moderation or look for low-sodium options.

Specialty Pretzel Snacks

In addition to standard pretzels, you can find specialty products for snacking. These foods include pretzels stuffed with flavored filling and flat pretzels that are similar to chips.Chocolate Pretzels are another popular specialty pretzel snack. Like conventional pretzels, specialty products will have nutritional information printed on their packaging.