Monthly Archives: April 2011

Celebrating National Pretzel Day and the Royal Wedding

Boy, is this a big week for Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels.

Not only is Tuesday, April 26, National Pretzel Day, but also the world is celebrating Kate and William’s royal wedding. We’re celebrating National Pretzel Day at Café Twist. Visitors will enjoy free pretzels!

And with the Royal Wedding festivities, love is in the air. Kim & Scott’s is feeling it. To celebrate the royal nuptials, our R&D team has worked tirelessly to bake a commemorative pretzel crown.

On the wedding day, Friday, April 29, this wearable creation will be featured on NBC-5 Chicago and The Today Show. Look for Hoda and Kathie Lee to don our handmade pretzel crown during the 4th hour of The Today Show. And in Chicago, weatherman Andy Avalos will offer up the royal forecast while wearing the Kim & Scott’s pretzel crown.

The crowns weigh almost a pound each and are made up of 3 individual Kim & Scott’s Gourmet soft pretzels. No, they’re not edible, but wow do they look delicious. Here’s a sneak peak!

Look for the Kim & Scott's Pretzel crown on NBC5 and The Today Show!

Kim and Scott, monarchs to the soft pretzel throne, are proud to give our friends in the media and pretzel fans our priceless twist on Kate and William’s wedding. Cheers!

The Inside Twist on Kim & Scott’s NEW Gluten Free Pretzel

Kim & Scott's Gluten Free Pretzels are currently available at select Whole Foods

Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels recently launched our gluten free soft pretzel.  This has been a huge hit and is selling like crazy in Whole Foods.  We’re rolling out to more stores everyday.  Jahn Marie Parise, Kim & Scott’s research and development chef, has answered some important questions about how this delicious treat came to be.

Do you have a personal reason for wanting to develop the GF pretzel (aside from a directive)?

Several of my extended family members have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and have never had a chance to taste our products. I wanted to make a Gluten Free pretzel for them, and for others out there with the diagnosis, or those have chosen to eat Gluten Free as a lifestyle. Many Gluten Free products have unusual textures; my goal was to create something that would appeal to even those who do not have to follow a  Gluten Free diet.

What was the toughest part of development?

The word Gluten comes from the word in Latin for “glue.” And that is what Gluten does within a product, acts as a glue or binder to hold ingredients together and create a structure. Here at Kim & Scott’s bakery, everything is made from scratch, and all of the pretzels are hand twisted, which is hard to do without the Gluten to help the product hold together and become elastic. We had to find a way to mimic that gluten and hold the ingredients together so the Gluten Free pretzel could be twisted.

Why is the GF pretzel different than others?

Kim & Scott’s Gluten Free pretzel has 5 servings of Whole Grains! Many gluten free products rely solely on just one non-gluten flour to create their product. At Kim & Scott’s, we use a blend of 5 Ancient Grains (Sorghum, Millet, Quinoa, Amaranth and Teff Flours) to achieve its biscuit-like texture.

Why are you proud of this pretzel?

The Gluten Free pretzel was created from a cup of science, a teaspoon of ingenuity and a touch of tenacity. That and some blood, sweat and tears along the way!

Voting for the future of our children

Spring is in the air, and so is the stink of school budgets.  Sure budgets can always work in our children’s favor, but sometimes they don’t.  Today is the day our community votes to make a difference in our schools.  This day will let us know if our schools will keep the programs and activities that made us choose to live where we live and get our children their education.

This past week I watched our three kids make signs to vote in favor of the referendum to keep programming alive at our neighborhood schools.  It was great to see them take pride in their schools and their teachers.  They stood on street corners making sure passers -by saw the faces that they were affecting if they voted against this referendum.

The economy has hit everywhere.  But our kids cannot suffer because of this.  As the future leaders of our country, we owe it to them to vote “yes.”