Have you ever had those amazingly delicious dark chocolate covered pretzel crisps from Trader Joe’s??

The Snack Factory pretzel thins from the new Modern Classics line are very much the non-chocolate coated, less caloric version of that treat. My favorite, the cinnamon toast flavored pretzel crisps!!

I’m not gonna lie, I also am a sucker for beautiful, colorful, gourmet-looking packaging and Snack Factory definitely has this down. You may have already enjoyed several products created by Snack Factory founders Warren and Sara Wilson. With 30 years of snacking behind them, the Wilsons were the creators and former owners of the New York Style Bagel Chip Company and the Funnel Cake Factory. In 2004, they founded Snack Factory and in 2010 launched a new line of pretzel thins with a focus on natural and healthy snacks!

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There are 3 product lines by the Snack Factory company:

Deli Style: Original, Garlic, and Everything

Special Edition: White chocolate peppermint, Dark Chocolate, Peanut butter & Choc

The Modern Classics: Tuscan Three Cheese, Supreme, Cinnamon Toast, and Classic

With only 110 calories per serving (average of about 10 pretzel thins), Snack Factory is encouraging consumers to “Rethink Their Pretzel.” Below are my takes on the “Modern Classics” line and here’s a chance for you to win 4 flavors of these delicious pretzel crisps!

The Classic

Stats (11 crisps/28 grams): 110 Cals, 0g Fat, 330mg Sodium, 23g Carbs, 1g Fiber, 2g Sugar, 3g Protein

Original Pretzel Crisps

Tastiness: 6.5/10. Nothing against classic/plain pretzel chips, but without the extra flavoring, all I can focus on is the saltiness…which is, I suppose, inherent in all things labeled “pretzel”. These crisps are uber crunchy (not crispy) and hold up well to any dip. It also isn’t as dry as a regular pretzel, which I like. Overall, a 6 because there is nothing special about its flavors – a solid savory snack, but too salty yet still bland when eaten without accompaniments.

Cinnamon Toast

Ingredients: Flour, Seasoning (sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt), Soybean oil, Sugar, Salt, Malt Syrup

Stats (10 crisps/28 grams): 110 Cals, 1.5g Fat, 230mg Sodium, 23g Carbs, 1g Fiber, 4g Sugar, 3g Protein

French Toast Pretzel Crisps

Tastiness: 9/10. I will always be a sucker for the cinnamon and sugar combination. I have to seriously give Snack Factory major kudos for resisting over-dosing the pretzels with sugar. Although sugar comes in as the 2nd and 3rd most plentiful ingredients in the list, one serving in total only amounts to 4g of sugar! That’s definitely an upgrade from lots of sugar-laden energy bars on the market. The best part is that this was done so strategically NO flavor was compromised. Yes, it may not be sweet enough for some folks, but to me, this was the perfect amount of sweetness for an after dinner snack or mid-afternoon munchies.

Tuscan Three Cheese

Ingredients: Flour, Seasoning (Whey, sea salt, sugar, natural Romano, Asiago, and parmesan cheese flavors, brown sugar, cheddar cheese powder (pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), buttermilk, soybean oil, whey, disodium phosphate, citric acid), non-fat dry milk, dehydrated red bell pepper, dehydrated garlic and onion, tomato powder, natural olive oil flavor, chili pepper, citric acid, red pepper), soybean oil, sugar, salt, malt syrup ), Soybean oil, Sugar, Salt, Malt Syrup

Stats (10 crisps/28 grams): 110 Cals, 1.5g Fat, 520mg Sodium, 22g Carbs, 1g Fiber, 3g Sugar, 3g Protein

Tuscan 3 Cheese Pretzels

Tastiness: 8/10. For someone who does not like the flavor of stinky cheese, I loved the Tuscan 3 cheese!! Call me crazy, but the seasonings on these pretzel thins border more along the lines of a ranch sauce gone gourmet. I’ll call it, ranch-lite!

Personally, I am rejoicing over Pretzel thins because FINALLY there is a pretzel that doesn’t leave my mouth feeling like the Gobi desert!!! Something crunchy, flavorful, satisfying all on its own, and yet will actually hold up to any chip dip I choose to dip into!   There is a flavor for every taste bud:

  • If you like sweets, THEN head for the Cinnamon Toast
  • If you love savory,PICK up some Tuscan 3 Cheese (though it does have the most complicated ingredient list)
  • If you like dips or if you enjoy original/seasoning-free flavors, THE Classic is for you

I am more than surprised at how flavorful and delicious the actual pretzel seasonings are without going overboard. Nutritionally, the pretzels actually beat out a ton of other “healthy” products, including many granola bars, cereals, wheat thins, and yes, chips!

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THE GIVEAWAY

The who: Two lucky winners

The What: A total of 6 bags (each 6oz) of modern classics pretzel crisps, including:

  • 2 bags Tuscan Three Cheese
  • 2 bags Cinnamon Toast (my favorite!)
  • 1 bag Classic
  • 1 bag Supreme

The (Easy) How:

  1. Comment below and tell me which non-reviewed product from the Snack Factory you would like to try (mandatory entry)
  2. For 2 additional entries EACH: blog, tweet, or link back on your next blog post about this giveaway with a linkback to this post. Make sure you comment in the section below for each item!
  3. For 1 entry: Add Lucky Taste Buds to your blog roll or google reader (new readers only please!)

Giveaway closes June 7th at 6pm CST!!


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