When I was just a mere reader of this intellectual review site, I would always scream, jump up and down and hit my computer like a wild spider monkey at the zoo that children flick pieces of popcorn at. I bet youâ€™re wondering why on Earth I would do this. Well, itâ€™s because I would see food reviews for delicious, mouth-watering and other trite adjectives used to describe fast food items that will leave a tattoo on your arteries from places such as Jack in the Box and Carlâ€™s Jr. Those of us who were represented by The Notorious BIG in the East Coast/West Coast Rap Wars of 1995 are not able to experience a Carlâ€™s Jr. Charbroiled Steak Sandwich or Del Taco Jalapeno Rings. Well, now itâ€™s the Left Coastâ€™s turn to cry tears of pain when they read reviews for items that only us near the Atlantic have the opportunity to devour.
Wawa is a chain of convenience stores that are located in the Mid-Atlantic. To compare it to a 7-Eleven is blasphemy. Hereâ€™s an example of a conversation between a Philadelphian and a tourist that has no clue what a Wawa is:
Tourist: “Iâ€™ve seen signs for a store called Wawa. Some have gas stations, and some donâ€™t.”
Philly Guy: “Oh yeah, I go to Wawa every morning before work.”
Tourist: “So itâ€™s like a 7-Eleven?”
Philly Guy: “Fuck You.”
How can you compare sandwiches made to order to oddly colored tubes of mystery meat heated by a sun lamp that slowly rotate while a loitering stoner stares for hours thinking that one of the hot dogs looks like a member of Phish? Iâ€™m not saying that 7-Eleven is awful; I do love the occasional Slurpee, but compared to Wawa, 7-Eleven is merely that chick from high school thatâ€™s popular, because she has a reputation for giving handjobs behind the bleachers.
The iconic Wawa Pretzel comes two to a package, connected in the middle. Itâ€™s much softer than a pretzel that you would get at a ballpark or from a street vendor. The doughy and slightly sticky texture makes it easier to eat without needing to have a chaser of water (or in Marvoâ€™s case, a Throwback Pepsi) and the amount of salt on it is just about right. Although, like snowflakes, no Wawa Pretzel is alike. Some may have less salt, others more may have more salt, some could be harder than others (thatâ€™s what she said) and some could be softer than a 90-year-old man while watching Dancing With the Stars.
Iâ€™m sorry if I put a visual in your head.
Clocking in at 1040 milligrams of sodium for one pretzel doesnâ€™t make this exactly health food, and 58 grams of carbs would probably make Robert Atkins roll in his grave. The pretzel is very heavy; in fact I could barely finish one before I could feel it expand in my stomach. Itâ€™s not something I could consume everyday, but for a carb craving it certainly does the trick.
(Nutrition Facts: Serving Size 1 pretzel-310 calories, 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 1040 milligrams of sodium, 58 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, 9 grams of protein. 2% calcium and 20% iron.)
Item: Wawa Soft Pretzel
Price: $1.38 plus tax
Size: 7.8 oz
Purchased at: Wawa Food Markets
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Not dry like most soft pretzels. Fills your belly up. Experiencing the wonder known as Wawa. The colorful vernacular of Philadelphians. Laughing at stoners trying to have a vision while they look at the rotating hot dogs at 7-Eleven.
Cons: More sodium than a healthy human should consume. The East Coast/West Coast Rap Wars of 1995. The image of a 90-year-old manâ€™s problems.