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These Spicy Pretzels Will Make You Fall in Love

You like a delicious snack, right?

Salty snacks. Sweet snacks. Soft snacks. Crunchy snacks.

ALL THE SNACKS!

If you like pretzels and a bit of added spice, you’re gonna love these spicy pretzels.

pretzels in a white bowl on a table

I love telling the story behind these pretzels, because it makes me laugh (cause I was kinda a jackass) and it proves some things aren’t as they seem.

The Story Of My First Seasoned Pretzels

I had my first spicy pretzel (we refer to them as ‘picy pretzels) when a friend, our beloved Sue, dropped off a birthday package for Garry.

There they sat, in a ribboned-adorned apothecary jar, looking very ordinary, as pretzels are known to do.

Pretzels being pretzels are not exciting.

Not even when wrapped with a bow.

Garry took off the top of the jar and popped a few pretzels in his mouth.

~BIG EYES OF SURPRISE!~

Huh. That was an interesting reaction to ordinary pretzels.

He silently offered me the jar, which I took, and then tossed a few in my mouth, in birthday pretzel solidarity.

~BIG EYES OF SURPRISE!~

These were no ordinary pretzels.

‘Picy!

Our snacking world tilted that day.

The seemingly ordinary pretzels held a surprise; they were baked with a delicious and unexpected kick.

What follows is the recipe that is now held in hallowed esteem in our house.

Enjoy.

These Spicy Pretzels Will Make You Fall in Love

Homemade Spicy Pretzel Recipe

(scroll to bottom of the post for the printable recipe)

Ingredients:

1 package mini-pretzels (14-16 ounces)

1 cup canola oil

1 Package dry Ranch Dip mix (or 2 tbsp. if you buy the larger container)

1 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. Cayenne pepper

Instructions:

Measure the oil into a measuring cup and add all ingredients. Whisk together until full mixed.

Place pretzels in a roasting pan that is at least two inches high (for mixing purposes) and pour oil mixture over entire pan. Mix with a spatula until all pretzels are coated.

Place in over heated to 200°.

Cook for two hours, stirring pretzels every 15 minutes to prevent burning.

Cool, prepare a libation and enjoy.

Notes:

I always double this recipe. Trust.

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The true surprise for me is that the recipe called for dry ranch mix.

You can’t taste it – but it makes the snack.

Ranch Pretzels for ever’one!

You can use the packets of Ranch Dressing, or if you’re like me and make these for almost every occasion, you can get the bigger Ranch Dressing container (linked at end of post for easy shopping, yo!).

FUN FACT: this could easily be called the Ranch Pretzels Recipe, but because of the hidden flavor (just like in the hidden valley – oh, ho!) of the ‘pice – it’s not.

Honestly, it doesn’t matter what you call ’em (how about spicy crack pretzels? cause, they be addicting, y’all!) , just as long as you make and eat ’em.

We eat them; we gift them; we hoard them; we share them.

I like them hot out of the oven.

I like them by a roaring fire with an ice cold beer or a Jack and Coke.

pretzels in a white bowl on a table

I like them on the hor d’oeuvres holiday table.

I like them in a bowl while watching a Netflix marathon.

Um, I LIKE THEM.

Not really…

I. LIKEOVE. THEM.

And you will too. 

Probably. 

If you don’t, I can email you my shipping address.

Spicy Pretzels are so easy to make, but their impact is deep and complicated. 

Make them for those you love, so they know who’s amazing: YOU’RE AMAZING!

Make them for your nemesis, so they know who’s boss: YOU’RE BOSS!  (okay, maybe not everyone has a nemesis, so make them for your kid’s teacher, your bossy boss or for your eye-squintin’ inlaws/outlaws)

Happy scorin’ all the brownie points, mah babies!

Consider this my gift to you.

Speaking of gifts, I typically fill a mason jar with ’em and tie on a ribbon.

Get to baking, my babies!

Products I use in this recipe:





Printable Recipe (if you LOVE it, please consider leaving a 4 or 5 star rating!):

pretzels in a white bowl

Homemade Spicy Pretzels

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

These homemade spicy pretzels are easy to make and easy to share!

Ingredients

  • 1 package mini-pretzels (14-16 ounces)
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 Package dry Ranch Dip mix (or 2 tbsp. if you buy the larger container)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Cayenne pepper

Instructions

Measure the oil into a measuring cup and add all ingredients. Whisk together until full mixed.

Place pretzels in a roasting pan that is at least two inches high (for mixing purposes) and pour oil mixture over entire pan. Mix with a spatula until all pretzels are coated.

Place in over heated to 200°.

Cook for two hours, stirring pretzels every 15 minutes to prevent burning.

Cool, prepare a libation and enjoy.

Notes

I always double this recipe. Trust.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 34gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Original Post: December 29, 2014 ~ Updated Post: March 6, 2020

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Dixie Willard

Saturday 7th of March 2020

An easy, yummy snack! I'm allergic to wheat so I use Snyder's gluten-free varieties. Incidentally, they're also big 8 allergen-free, making this a safe snack for a bunch of different allergic types. (As always, check the labels of each ingredient, just to be safe.)

Patti Tucker

Saturday 7th of March 2020

I had no idea - but LOVE that you can eat them, as can others!

Helen Allen

Saturday 7th of March 2020

Delicious and sooo easy.

Sandi

Monday 24th of September 2018

After reading your unfiltered opinion of Mason jars (Tell us how your REALLY feel about them!), I intend to fix these peppy pretzels and gift them at Christmas in MASON JARS! I simply cannot find your homemade vanilla extract recipe mentioned in today's e-mail. Where is it? Am I holding my mouth wrong or what?

Patti Tucker

Monday 24th of September 2018

I LOVE Mason/Bell jars - but NOT to eat out of 'em! It's an OMT! quirk!

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