When I was a kid, one of my favorite places at the mall was the pretzel stand. A soft, doughy, salty, hot pretzel paired with warm, gooey cheese sauce was the ultimate comfort food. It was an especially good day if I was allowed to get a fresh-squeezed lemonade to go with my pretzel.
Aldi can be pretty good at helping me relive moments from my childhood, whether they’re selling gyros kits that remind me of a restaurant my family used to go to, or Salisbury steak that takes me back to the school cafeteria.
From time to time, Aldi also sells soft pretzels that strike a nostalgic note. Sometimes traditional large soft pretzels show up in the freezer section during German week, and other times Aldi stocks frozen soft pretzel bites filled with cheese.
Most recently, Aldi sold some pretzel bites with dipping sauce in its refrigerated section. They came in both savory and sweet varieties, and I bought one of each to try.
Park Street Deli Pretzel Bites cost $7.99 for an 18.5-ounce tray at the time of publication. The Savory tray features pretzel bites with mustard dipping sauce and cheese dipping sauce. The Sweet tray features pretzel bites with dulce de leche dipping sauce and cinnamon dipping sauce.
The pretzel bites can be heated in the oven (recommended) or microwave.
To heat in the oven, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove pretzel bites from their bags and place them on an oven-safe sheet pan. (The black tray the pretzel bites come on is not oven safe.) Lightly brush the pretzel bites with water or melted butter (not included), top with salt (included), and bake in the oven for 5 minutes or until warm.
To microwave the pretzel bites, remove them from their bags and place them on a microwave-safe plate. (The black tray the pretzel bites come on is also not microwave safe.) Lightly brush the pretzel bites with water or melted butter (not included), top with salt (included), and heat in the microwave on high for 75 seconds or until warm.
The cheese dip included with the Savory pretzel bites tray can be heated by removing the film from the container, and then placing the container in the microwave and covering it loosely with a paper towel. Then microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir and continue microwaving 15 seconds at a time or until hot.
I didn’t like the way the plastic cheese container made popping sounds while microwaving it, so I spooned the cheese dip into a small glass bowl and heated it in that instead.
The rest of the dipping sauces do not have heating instructions, so I served them cold and they tasted fine that way.
One serving is 5 pretzel bites, 2 tablespoons of dip (any flavor), and 1 teaspoon of the included salt. I only used about half of the salt packets on the pretzel bites, and they would have been pretty salty if I’d used all of the salt.
These pretzel bites were a fun side dish and dessert on a recent burger night. The pretzel pieces are chewy on the outside and soft on the inside like I expected them to be. They also taste the same between the savory and sweet trays.
In the savory tray, everyone in my household liked the cheese dip a lot. The mustard dipping sauce has visible whole grains in it, and it has some kick. One person stated it cleared their sinuses. The mustard dip is good, but a little goes a long way.
In the sweet tray, I thought both dipping sauces were good, although some family members couldn’t quite reconcile dipping their pretzels in something sweet rather than savory. Both the dulce de leche dip and the cinnamon dip have a cream cheese base that is light and smooth. They taste similar — both sweet — with the addition of cinnamon in one. Some family members were more partial to the cinnamon dip, while I liked both about equally well.
We had a decent amount of dip left after finishing the pretzel bites. The cheese dip could go well with crackers or chips or on top of a baked potato. The mustard dip could work on sandwiches, burgers, or hot dogs. Both of the sweet dips would pair well with shortbread cookies or (if you had enough left over) on a bagel.
Read on for more information about each variety of pretzel bites with dipping sauce.
Park Street Deli Savory Pretzel Bites
One serving has 260 calories, 9 grams of total fat (12% DV), 2.5 grams of saturated fat (13% DV), 10 mg of cholesterol (3% DV), 1,890 mg of sodium (82% DV), 38 grams of total carbohydrates (14% DV), and 2 grams of added sugars (4% DV).
They contain anchovy, milk, and wheat.
Park Street Deli Sweet Pretzel Bites
One serving has 290 calories, 11 grams of total fat (14% DV), 5 grams of saturated fat (25% DV), 20 mg of cholesterol (7% DV), 1,540 mg of sodium (67% DV), 40 grams of total carbohydrates (15% DV), and 4 grams of added sugars (8% DV).
They contain milk and wheat.
Park Street Deli Pretzel Bites, found in the refrigerated Aldi Find section, come in savory or sweet varieties. The savory tray includes cheese dipping sauce and mustard dipping sauce. The sweet tray features dulce de leche dipping sauce and cinnamon dipping sauce, both with a cream cheese base. We liked the pretzel bites and all of the dipping sauces, which are are unique. The mustard dip has some spiciness to it. If you’re looking for some appetizers or a snack, these are good while they last.