Good Reason for Southwest’s Recent Snack Change

by SharonKurheg

If you’ve flown with Southwest for a few years, you probably remember when they phased out offering a small bag of peanuts as a free snack.

a close up of foodThe airline had been giving away its bag of peanuts since the 1970s, but enough people had remarked about peanut allergies that the airline decided to do the right thing for everyone and start offering items without peanuts.

Trolls gotta troll

Of course, “trolls gotta troll” and when Southwest started offering snacks that included wheat products, some rabble rousers made inappropriate comments about people who needed to eat gluten free, yet here Southwest was, offering snacks with gluten.

Of course, there’s a big difference between potentially having an anaphylaxis reaction from breathing in peanut dust, and simply not eating gluten.

Fixing the problem

However Southwest still wanted to do the right thing for their passengers who needed more specific diets. So their little bags that contained traditional pretzels are now out, and a new version that is, “vegan, dairy free, nut and soy free, made in a dedicated peanut-free facility, kosher, and non-GMO project verified, with no artificial flavors or colors, MSG, or corn syrup,” (according to Southwest’s website), are in.

The new pretzels are made by Maui Monk and the airline began phasing them in late last week (so depending on your flight, you may still have an option of snack mix for a while.

“Elevating our legendary hospitality is always something we strive toward at Southwest,” said Bill Tierney, vice president of customer experience and digital experience at Southwest. “We’re enhancing our inflight snack offering with the addition of Stellar Pretzels, which offer customers a little bit of everything — sweet, salty, and crunchy — from an up-and-coming company that bakes its snacks with love.”

Other options

a bag of snack with text
Maui Monk’s mini pretzel braids will be offered only on flights over 175 miles. However, for flights over 175 miles that depart by 10 a.m., Remy’s Grahams may also be available (subject to change and at the airline’s discretion). Sheila G.’s Brownie Brittle (which is amazeballs) is available on flights over 1520 miles.

Also new

Also new to Southwest’s menu are Sprite and AHA Sparkling Water, as well as On the Rocks Hornitos Margarita, the latter of which is available for purchase for $9.

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Tom July 5, 2024 - 12:29 am

Maui Monk pretzels may be delicious and all of the things you say they are, but they are not gluten free. Wheat is the first ingredient.

SharonKurheg July 5, 2024 - 10:11 am

Maybe they’re making a gluten free version specially for Southwest?


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