What is PRETZ ? | Commentary by Japanese webmaster | Common in Japan #29

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Hello World !

This is SHINTA+, Japanese writer.


What is ‘PRETZ’ ??

I want to know it !

This page is
  • To introduce ‘PRETZ’ as product well known in Japan
  • To clear your question about it

I wrote this article to introduce ‘PRETZ’, as popular Japanese product and to clear your question about it.

I would like to explain about the topic with mainly two parts.

  • Introduction of ‘PRETZ’ in Japan
  • Deep Diving with Q & A style
    • History
    • Flavors
    • Price
    • Special products, etc

In first part, you can get basic information about ‘PRETZ’ in Japan.

And next, I would like to introduce more details, with style of answering questions. You can get information with cherry pick style, in stead of reading long article.

I hope you will have proper information about PRETZ in Japan, after reading this page.

What is ‘Pretz’ ?

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‘Pretz’ is very famous food in Japan. It’s kind of pretzel, whose shape is like a stick.

‘Pretz’ is coated with flavored powder. There are many flavors in the market. ‘Pretz’ is in papar box. So we can put it in a bag, to bring it outside.

Manufacturer is glico, one of big maker of foods, like snacks, chocolates, ice creams, etc.

Introduction of PRETZ
  • Producer is glico
  • Sticked pretzel with flavored powder
  • Various flavors in the market
  • Sold in Paper box

Deep Diving into PRETZ in Japan

I would like to introduce more information about PRETZ in Japan, in this paragraph with Q & A style, so that you can access information easily.

Please kindly open items what you want to know.


I hope you can clear your question in this part.

PRETZ has history more than 50 years in Japan.

  • 1963 Butter Pretz was in the sales
  • 1969 Salad Pretz released
  • 1973 Roast Pretz released
  • 1989 Tomato Pretz released
  • 1999 Established ‘Pocky and Pretz day’ as 11. November

Producer, glico started sales of ‘Pretz’ in 1963. Initially, it was only one flavor, ‘Butter Pretz’. In 1969, second flavor, Salad Pretz was released.

In 1973, ‘Roast Pretz’ was released. And in 1980-90’s, various kind of flavors were in the market. As a result, ‘Pretz’ became long seller in Japan.

Reference : glico webpage

‘PRETZ’ have various local products, collaborating with foods in each area in Japan.

  • Corn Pretz in Hokkaido
  • Zunda (kind of beans) Pretz in Tohoku area
  • Monjya-Yaki Pretz in Tokyo
  • Apple Pretz in Nagano
  • Takoyaki Pretz in Osaka

People get it as souvenirs for family and friends, when they make domestic travel in Japan. The flavor is completely different from standard ‘Pretz’.

So we can enjoy various flavors in each area.

Quotation Sauce:glico webpage

Reference : glico webpage

PRETZ is available in various places in Japan

  • Supermarkets
  • Convenience stores
  • Kiosks
  • Drugstores

Author’s research in Yokohama city

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The price of PRETZ is around JPY 110 per box.

Author’s research in Yokohama city

There are mainly 3 flavors in products of PRETZ in Japan

  • Salad
  • Tomato
  • Roast

And there are some seasonal flavors are available, which is frequently replaced.

  • Line-up in 2022
    • Chicken and Herb
    • Scallop and soy sauce
  • Line-up in the past
    • Cacao
    • Apple
    • Nuts
    • Pumpkin
    • Basil
    • Olive
    • Sweet Potato
    • Cheese

Reference : glico webpage


That’s all today. How was the content today ?
I Hope this article help you to clear your question about PRETZ in Japan.


I hope you have clear understanding of PRETZ !

Thank you for your reading !