6 Gluten-Free Pretzel Brands You'll Love

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If you're buying pretzels, look for a gluten-free label on the package.
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Pretzels are the shapeshifter of snack foods. You can enjoy them salty or sweet, plain or barbecue-flavored, soft or crunchy. But if you're following a gluten-free diet, you may not be able to enjoy every bag.

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Most pretzels, especially the soft kind, are made with wheat flour. But these days, you can find plenty of gluten-free pretzels online or at your grocery store. Just be sure to check the label carefully or choose from our safe options.

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Gluten-Free Pretzels to Try

  • Snyder's Gluten-Free Hot Buffalo Wing Pieces ($18.99 for 2 bags, Amazon.com)
  • Real Food From the Ground Up Cauliflower Pretzels ($19.62 for 6 bags, Amazon.com)
  • Quinn Touch of Honey Pretzel Sticks ($30.49 for 8 bags, Amazon.com)
  • Savor Street Grain-Free Gourmet Pretzels ($19.99 for 4 bags, Amazon.com)
  • Fit Joy Himalayan Sea Salt Twists ($21.29 for 2 bags, Amazon.com)
  • Snack Factory Gluten-Free Original Pretzel Crisps ($44.85 for 12 packs, Amazon.com)

Are Pretzels Gluten-Free?

There's no one way to make pretzels — you'll often find many brands, flavors and varieties at your local supermarket. For pretzel lovers, this is fabulous news (who doesn't love a huge variety of pretzels in the cabinet), but for those following a gluten-free diet, this makes snack shopping more difficult.

For the most part, pretzels are made with wheat flour, which means they contain gluten in the recipe. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley and these grains' derivatives, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

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You may want to be extra cautious of any dips you buy, too. There's no shortage of flavors out there and different companies and recipes may include gluten-based ingredients.

But if you're buying your own pretzels (or dip) at a store, you can keep an eye out for some gluten-free brands (more on that below).

How to Find Gluten-Free Pretzels

Even if the pretzels you're buying contain no gluten ingredients, they may still be at risk for cross-contamination, which occurs when gluten foods come in contact with other ingredients either through manufacturing or preparation, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

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You can avoid cross-contact by choosing your bag carefully. To play it safe, avoid pretzels at a party or restaurant, unless you can be certain they're gluten-free.

At the grocery store, read the ingredient list of any package you decide to buy. Look out for any gluten-based foods and check the allergen listing for wheat or gluten, too.

If the ingredients are gluten-free-approved, find a "Gluten-Free" label on the front package of the product. This label is regulated by the Food & Drug Administration and signifies that the food you're eating has less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten, which is generally safe for people with celiac disease to eat.

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If you want even more security, buy pretzels that are labeled "Certified Gluten-Free" and are assessed by qualified third parties, such as the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO). The GFCO has especially strict standards, certifying foods that have only 10 ppm of gluten or less, according to the organization's website.

Gluten-Free Pretzels to Buy

Now that you know how to find a bag of safe-to-eat gluten-free pretzels, keep an eye out for these gluten-free varieties from trusted brands.

1. Snyder's Gluten-Free Hot Buffalo Wing Pieces

These gluten-free buffalo wing-flavored pretzels can spice up your snack selection — and they're free of eggs and soy, too.

Buy it:Amazon.com; ​Price: ​$18.99

2. Real Food From the Ground Up Cauliflower Pretzels

Instead of rice flour, these pretzels are made with cauliflower.

Buy it:Amazon.com; ​Price:​ $19.62 for 6 packs

3. Quinn Touch of Honey Pretzel Sticks

Quinn's pretzels are a great way to get in your whole grains.

Buy it:Amazon.com; ​Price: ​$30.49 for 8 packs

4. Savor Street Grain-Free Gourmet Pretzels

These pretzels also come in garlic and herb and sea salt for some flavor variety.

Buy it:Amazon.com;​ Price:​ $19.99 for 4 packs

5. Fit Joy Himalayan Sea Salt Twists

Made with cassava flour, Fit Joy's sea salt pretzels are gluten-free and plant-based, too.

Buy it:Amazon.com; ​Price: ​$21.29 for 2 packs

6. Snack Factory Gluten-Free Original Pretzel Crisps

These mini pretzel packs make the perfect on-the-go snack.

Buy it:Amazon.com; ​Price: ​$44.85 for 12 packs

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