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A pretzel is a pastry that's typically shaped into a three-looped knot but it can have many other shapes. A pretzel roll is made in the same way except that it's shaped into a roll. They're a specialty of south Germany and are now common throughout Germany according to The German Baker.


The dough for pretzel rolls is made from wheat flour, water, sugar and yeast. The dough is formed into the desired shape and baked like other types of bread. The primary difference is that a pretzel roll is then coated with a solution of lye and sprinkled with coarse salt.

Serving Size

This nutritional information will assume the pretzel roll is of medium size and weighs about 3.5 ounces. It will also apply only to the plain pretzel roll, although a pretzel roll is typically buttered before eating. Some pretzel rolls are also baked with cheese or other toppings.


A salted pretzel roll has approximately 279 total calories. Carbohydrates account for 220 calories, fat provides 27 calories and 32 calories come from protein. A salted pretzel roll provides about 14 percent of the daily value (DV) for total calories, assuming a daily diet of 2,000 calories. A salted pretzel roll contains about 360 milligrams of sodium. An ounce of cheese on the salted pretzel roll will add an additional 113 calories. Fat will account for 81 of these calories and protein will account for the remaining 28 calories.


A pretzel roll contains about 56 grams of carbohydrates, of which 54 grams are pure carbohydrates and 2 grams are digestible fiber. Each gram of pure carbohydrates contains 4 calories so a pretzel roll has 54 x 4 = 216 calories from pure carbohydrates. Each gram of digestible fiber has about 2 calories so a pretzel roll has 2 x 2 = 4 calories from digestible fiber.


A pretzel roll contains about 3 grams of fat. Each gram of fat provides 9 calories, so a pretzel roll has 3 x 9 = 27 calories from fat. Unsaturated fats comprise 2 grams in a pretzel roll saturated fats account for 1 gram.


A pretzel roll has about 8 grams of protein. Each gram of protein provides 4 calories, so a pretzel roll has 8 x 4 = 32 calories from protein.

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