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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Crofton’s Pretzels, ‘The King of Pretzels,’ opens on Oleander in Wilmington

Philadelphia-style pretzels are now available at Crofton's Pretzels in Wilmington.

Aidan Crofton hand twists every pretzel served at Crofton's Pretzels, his new business now open on Oleander Drive in Wilmington. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
Aidan Crofton hand twists every pretzel served at Crofton’s Pretzels, his new business now open on Oleander Drive in Wilmington. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

WILMINGTON — “The King of Pretzels” has arrived in Wilmington. Crofton’s Pretzels, a locally-owned pretzel shop opened its doors Saturday.

Bringing Philly-style pretzels to town, Aidan Crofton’s new venture is simple. With four menu items, Crofton’s Pretzels hopes to be the region’s go-to pretzel spot.

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Raised in Philidelphia, Crofton spent eight years in the Marine Corps and recently decided to settle in Wilmington. He hopes Wilmington grows to love pretzels as much as he does.

“It’s just the worlds best snack food,” he said. “You can eat it anywhere.”

Cara Crofton, his wife, agrees.

“Anytime; breakfast, lunch, and dinner,” she said. “Which is what we’re doing.”

Each pretzel is vegan. Classic pretzels are made with just flour, water, yeast, and salt. Some dips are also vegan, and gluten-free soft pretzels are available.

A new customer receives a buffalo-stuffed specialty pretzel at Crofton's Pretzels. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
A new customer receives a buffalo-stuffed specialty pretzel at Crofton’s Pretzels. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

“Anybody can come in here and get something,” Aidan Crofton said. “It’s not excluding anybody.”

With four different mustard flavors, honey mustard, cheddar cheese, and icing dip options, Crofton said he is looking to expand on available dip options.

Food-grade lye makes a pretzel a pretzel, Crofton said. All pretzels are hand-twisted, salted, and baked.

Crofton's Pretzels opened this weekend in Wilmington on Oleander Drive. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
Crofton’s Pretzels opened this weekend in Wilmington on Oleander Drive. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

Crofton’s Pretzels offers classic soft pretzels and stuffed, specialty pretzels. On Tuesday, stuffed muenster bacon, spinach artichoke parmesan, and buffalo pretzels were available on special.

“It’s purposefully simple,” Crofton said of his menu. “It’s a local business, it’s a community business.”

Craft beer lovers in the region may have already tried one of Crofton’s Pretzels. The pretzels are currently available at Flying Machine Brewery, HEY!BEER, and The Sour Barn.

Crofton’s Pretzels is now open at 6014 Oleander Drive. Check out Crofton’s Pretzels on Facebook to keep up with new specials.

Crofton’s Pretzels opened this weekend in Wilmington on Oleander Drive. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

Send tips and comments to Johanna Ferebee at johanna@localvoicemedia.com

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