Dear Snyder’s Of Hanover,
I’m writing to let you know that I love your Honey Mustard and Onion Sourdough Nibblers. My corner grocery store in Manhattan recently switched from stocking the 25 calories of fat per serving bags of Sourdough Nibblers, to stocking the 60 calories of fat per serving bags of Honey Mustard and Onion Pretzel Pieces. The bags look nearly identical, so I assumed that you had changed the recipe and I was heartbroken. Days turned into months. Months turned into 3 months. Then I moved back home to Los Angeles and to my delight, I found bags and bags of your 25 calories of fat per serving Honey Mustard and Onion Sourdough Nibblers at the local Gelson’s.
On the surface, it may seem that the distinction between a Sourdough Nibbler and a Pretzel Bite is negligible, as they are the same shape and size, they come in yellow bags, they are both flavored with Honey Mustard and Onion, and they both require frequent finger wipings if you are eating them while working at the computer. But the similarities end there. First of all, the Sourdough Nibblers are slightly crunchier. Also the Sourdough Nibblers are about 20% less tangy. And finally, the Sourdough Nibblers have 25 calories of fat per serving whereas the Pretzel Bites have 60. If I were a New York City grocer, who knows if I’d appreciate the difference. Of course I’d like to think that I’d be the type of grocer who “got it,” but with all my other grocery duties, it’s hard for me to say that I’d have time to appreciate such a contrast.
I think it’s the intangible things that make one city more “home” than another. People ask me why I love Los Angeles so much, because I got mugged twice here and I never got mugged in New York. But all the same LA is my home, and for all the times I have left, each return feels sweeter than the last. Finally I am back for good (for now) and your 25 calories of fat per serving Honey Mustard and Onion Nibblers are both my reason for and methodology of celebration.
Home At Last,