Yes! Or at least for the most part. Many soft and hard baked pretzels can be vegan, including the popular hot pretzels from Aunt Annies and Rold Gold hard pretzels. However, like many accidentally vegan snacks and plant-based foods, this is not a blanket wide statement.
For example, Aunt Annies and many hot soft pretzels need to be ordered without butter. Some pretzel establishments don’t use butter but rather use a plant based margarine and in that case you’re good to go. I find a simple and direct question like, “Do your pretzels contain butter or dairy in the dough?” can help. If he or she says no, say, “Ok great, thanks, I’m vegan and I want a pretzel but without any butter or dairy. Can you do that?” Bada-bing, bada-boom. Done happy pretzel dance!
When it comes to hard pretzels, original formulations of Rold Gold, Hanover, and Synder pretzels are all vegan. When the flavors start to get added is when it becomes a different story. For example, Rold Gold original pretzels? Vegan. Rold Gold Buffalo Wing of Rold Gold Honey Wheat? Not Vegan.
If the pretzels are packaged and have a nutrition label, the fastest and easiest way to check if that brand and flavor is vegan is to take a look at the label. My trick? I quickly skim to the allergy label and keep an eye out for: CONTAINS: MILK or CONTAINS: EGGS.
I hope that was helpful for you and if you’re interested in trying a new pretzel…lemme tell you…my favorite pretzels are the whole grain sprouted (yep, that’s right – none of that white flour business) Unique pretzels. With 3 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein per serving, it’s a pretzel snack that is not only healthy but vegan too! I really like them dipped in peanut butter, hummus, or a vegan queso. If any of that sounds up your alley, check out Unique Pretzels on Amazon. And just so you know, this is not a sponsored post, I just really like these pretzels and I think you will too. 🙂 Until next time vegan friends, stay kind!