If you did not know where to look, you would never find K & R Pretzel Bakery. Someone must be finding Daytonians smile. Tucked into a neighborhood on Flesher this place, because since 1967, the Pretzel Bakery has been making Avenue in Kettering, it is one of the most interesting Food Adventures we have ever done. What’s not to love about this place? It is a humble building with a great product and a great price. The operation is based on a huge soft pretzel making machine which cooks the tremendous snacks on a conveyor belt. Simple huh? Make good pretzels, and they will come. The family owned business has perfected the treat, and K & R’s Soft Pretzels, are the best we have ever eaten. This place reminds The Big Ragu of his childhood elementary school days, and 10 cent pretzel Tuesdays. These exact pretzels were the ones we ate as kids, and we are very happy to have found the place where they make these soft bites of heaven. Those were old school Food Adventures.
While we were there, two workers were manning the pretzel machine, and we saw how the process works.
First, they brought a tray of already twisted pretzels out and laid them on the metal conveyor belt at the front of the machine. The pretzels first get a water bath then they are hand salted before they enter the machine’s oven. The pretzels then make their way through the machine until they come out piping hot at the end. In fact, they are so hot you can barely hold on to them. The whole process takes about 10 minutes, and you can choose with salt, without salt or light salt. Watching this is a mini-event in itself. It is a great place to bring kids, as it has a slight Willy Wonka feel to it, and it is a memorable place with lots of personality. Our tip is that the fresher these pretzels are, the better they taste. It is better to eat them now than later. They even sell various packaged sauces for dipping your pretzel, but we like them au naturale or with mustard.
Oh but wait, there’s more …. K & R Pretzel Bakery also has one of the most extensive offerings of “old time” candies we have seen recently. We saw Candy Cigarettes for the first time in years. We also saw Candy buttons, Swedish fish, and various novelty candies we remembered as kids. K & R Pretzel bakery has big bags of popcorn for sale too. They even have a cooler with cold soft drinks and chocolate covered small pretzels. The place is unique, different and some may say odd, but we love this place. They maintain their roots and the pretzels have the same great taste with a recipe that is unchanged for decades. Every time we are in the area, we try and stop by for a pretzel or three. At the great price of 70 cents a pretzel, who can resist? Please note, their hours of operation are 11-4pm Weekdays and Saturday.
Try this place, or you will feel a little “salty.” If you don’t try it, we will, and you won’t have to “twist” our arms.
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