Jun 11, 2013

Review: Starbucks - Asiago & Cheddar Bavarian-Style Pretzel

Starbucks Asiago & Cheddar Bavarian-Style Pretzel is a hand-made, Bavarian (soft) pretzel layered with Asiago and cheddar cheese inside and flecked with Asiago outside.

These go for $2.25 each in my area.

The shredded cheese on the outside was actually quite crispy. It added a nice bit of texture and a fair bit of that nutty Asiago flavor.

The crumb was soft and chewy, but didn't quite achieve that delectable fresh-baked quality you might get at a pretzel shop at the mall. Still, it's shades better than a frozen and then reheated pretzel.

The cheese inside is a bit more neutral and muted. It was melted at some point but coagulated inside; the warming didn't quite get it to the melty gooey-ness level. The coverage was a little spotty, there were some portions of pretzel with zero cheese in the middle. Still, the combination of bread and cheese is tried and true and, unsurprisingly, works well here.

Overall, I liked Starbucks Asiago & Cheddar Pretzel for its taste, potential accessibility (there are at least four Starbucks locations in my town, but at least two didn't stock these) and it's relative affordability (compared to a mall pretzel). Between the Asiago and the Dijon mustard versions, I prefer the cheese because the flavors just fit together better.

Nutritional Info - Starbucks Asiago & Cheddar Bavarian-Style Pretzel (113g)
Calories - 360 (from Fat - 110)
Fat - 12g (Saturated Fat - 7g)
Sodium - 1070mg
Carbs - 46g (Sugar - 1g)
Protein - 16g

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