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Yummy Pretzels…



No, really that is what these are called, Yummy Pretzels. These flavorful treats should come with a warning label, caution addictive substance. My Mom, has made these wicked good pretzel creations for so long, they are a family get together staple. My kids love them, a lot, they have been shipped for sharing, in care packages far and wide. I made these for a work function, now there are even more Yummy Pretzels fan than before. I should just do what my sister does, prepare recipe cards to hand out, every place she takes them.

In a few days that mother of all party days will be upon us, no not Mardi Gras, that is the 17th of February. We are talking the largest sports party day, February 1st, Super Bowl Sunday. A day where any sense of carb denial, cholesterol lowering, or calorie watching has simply left the building. I know, I know, there are healthy snacks too, but when it comes down to it, over indulging will be the theme of the day.

As it stands right now, not even sure if watching just the commercials will even be happening. I am not a fan of either team, not even remotely.  The only bonus to this Super Bowl, has been the blundering, covering up, blatant lying, awkward press conferences of Deflategate. I personally think that in lieu of the Pro Bowl, there should have been a rematch, Colts v Patriots. Seriously, how cool would that have been? At any rate, this batch of Yummy Pretzels, will get me through this.

Just a few side notes. Ranch dressing mix, NOT dip mix, apparently, there are some differences between the ingredients. Do store these with a paper towel, it will absorb any excess oil. This very simple recipe, creates some amazing results, enjoy!




16 oz bag , sourdough hard pretzels, broken into bite size pieces

12 oz Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Oil

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 pkg, Ranch DRESSING Mix (not dip mix)

Preheat oven 200⁰

Place broken pretzels in a 9×13 baking pan. In measuring cup large enough to measure popcorn oil, add dressing mix, and garlic, mix until blended, pour over pretzels. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes, until almost all the oil is absorbed. Be careful not to over bake, you will not be able to bake out all the oil. Sometimes, I let them cook an extra 15 minutes, but usually no more. Allow to cool, store with a paper towel, to absorb any excess oil.



This is about how much oil will be visible.

This is about how much oil will be visible.



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This entry was posted on January 30, 2015 by in Appetizers & Snacks and tagged , , , , , .

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