'Fretzel' Wins Food Development Competition

Fruit-pretzel invention originated at K-State.

Katie Krusemark, Atchison and Katie Marston, Manhattan, both graduate students in food science at Kansas State University, have taken home first prize and $3,000 from a student product development competition at the Amercian Association of Cereal Chemists International meeting in Honolulu.

Their invention, a soft pretzel filled with tangy fruit and named the Fretzel, comes rozen and has to be baked.

They competed against 12 other university teams in developing a new grain-based food product.

"We were interested in creating a snack that was both healthy and convenient," Krusemark said. "Fretzels are a multigrain soft pretzel filled with dried pineapple, dried mango and walnuts.

Krusemark and Marston are ready to take their product to the next level. Fretzels will be featured in the January-February issue of the journal, Cereal Foods World.

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