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  • Auntie Anne's Pretzel KitI don’t go to the mall that often. Part of me thinks that it’s silly to go to a mall and buy something from the store when you can buy the identical item online and can more likely than not find a coupon or discount code so you pay less than you would in the store. If I do go to the mall, I’m usually trying something on, and then going home to purchase it online. However, there are certain things that will draw me to the mall – little habits that really make my visits a treat. One of those mall rituals is picking up an Auntie Anne’s Pretzel – original with salt. There’s something so deliciously satisfying when you bite into that butter, salty, soft piece of dough.

    I was so excited to learn about Auntie Anne’s Make-Your-Own Pretzel kit because it meant that I could treat myself to this wonderful treat from the comfort of my own home – without having to go to the mall! (Yay! I don’t have to fight for parking!) The Auntie Anne’s Make-Your-Own Pretzel Kit contains virtually everything you need to make Auntie Anne’s Pretzels at home. The box included the dry dough mix, yeast, baking soda, those giant salt crystals and a bag of cinnamon sugar. Using these ingredients you can make both Original or Cinnamon Sugar Auntie Anne’s Pretzels.

    Following the directions was fairly straight forward. It was a lot of fun trying to roll out the pretzels. I’m sure I’d get better with more practice. I was surprised they didn’t want me to flour the surface that I was rolling on, though, and I had some issues of the pretzels stretching out quite a bit while I tried to pull them off the counter to tie the not. I also found them very stretchy as I transferred them from various pans and finally into the baking soda mixture. One note about the baking soda dipping – make sure you use a REAL CLOTH towel – not a paper towel. I lost a pretzel due to sticking to the paper towel. :( Anyways, since I was leveling up my pretzel knotting skills, my pretzels were of varying thicknesses and they were all different sizes. One benefit to being able to roll your own pretzels is that you could shape them pretzels into your own custom shapes. I tried to make a heart-shaped one.

    After you have all of your pretzels tied, you put salt on the ones you want to salt and then bake. For Cinnamon Sugar, you apply the sugar after baking.

    Auntie Anne's Pretzel Kit

    These are the remaining pretzels that were left for the photo op. About 5 of them were already eaten by the time I’d grabbed my camera. The top pretzel is a salted one and the bottom, darker one (accidentally left in for a few extra minutes) is a cinnamon sugar pretzel.

    Auntie Anne's Pretzels

    My fellow testers and I agree that the pretzels from the Auntie Anne’s Make-Your-Own Pretzel Kit were AWESOME! They tasted exactly like the pretzels you can buy from the store. Even though my knotting skills are nothing compared to the pros, the fresh flavor of the pretzels made their actual shape irrelevant. As soon as the pretzels came out of the oven, the testers came streaming into the kitchen to grab their own pretzels, which was then followed by several “YUM”s from the living room.

    Each Auntie Anne’s Make-Your-Own Pretzel Kit can make 10 pretzels and are available for purchase at your local Auntie Anne’s store or from Amazon. For more information, you can visit their website at www.auntieannes.com. You can also follow Auntie Anne’s on Twitter and fan them on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest news and specials.

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    Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. Your experiences may be different. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive a free Auntie Anne’s Make-Your-Own Pretzel Kit from the manufacturer or their representing PR agency to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.

    21 Comments so far. Please add yours!

    • jgnp says:

      Thanks for the post, I have always wondered how the kit compared to their store pretzels. Thanks

    • WCatDD says:

      Glad I could help! The kit definitely tastes like the real deal. :)

    • missdeb1 says:

      Thank you for the review. I love getting those pretzels at the mall. It's so cool to know I can now make them at home.

    • jaspers-chick says:

      where can i purchase that kit?

      • Danielle says:

        I just got a kit at Walmart

    • Miriam T. says:

      I believe you have to purchase them from an Auntie Anne's store. Last I checked they weren't selling it online.

    • Memlock says:

      BJ’s sells the kit now for 7.99 it comes with 2 kits

    • Miriam T. says:

      Thanks for letting me know! I may have to raid BJ’s just to stock up…

      • lily guzman says:

        me too i gott it at bjs:)!!!!!!

    • T pitman-belyan says:

      How do you store pretzels that are not eaten that day?

      • Miriam T. says:

        If I’ll be eating them within the next couple days, I will put them in a Ziploc on the counter. If it’s longer than that, I believe you can also freeze them and reheat as you’re getting ready to eat.

    • Remlin says:

      This is pretty good I was hoping this would be something like how to make the Auntie Annes from scratch. Without a auntie a nnes kit. Anyone know how to do that?

      Something similar to this guide on how to create a homemade Big Mac http://tweakyourlife.com/66/how-to-make-big-mac/

      • Randy says:

        • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels:
        Ingredients
        1 1/2 cup warm water
        1 1/8 tsp. active yeast (1 1/2 pkg)
        2 Tbs. brown sugar
        1 1/8 tsp. salt
        1 cup bread flour
        3 cups regular flour
        2 cups warm water
        2 Tbs. baking soda
        To taste coarse salt
        2−4 Tbs. butter (melted)
        How to make
        Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve. Add
        sugar, salt, and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth
        and elastic. Let rise at least 1/2 hour.
        While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm
        water and 2 Tbs. baking soda. Be certain to stir often.
        After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope
        (about 1/2 inch or less thick) and shape. Dip pretzel into soda solution
        and place on greased baking sheet. Allow pretzel to rise again. Bake in a
        450 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until golden. Brush with melted
        butter and enjoy!
        Toppings:
        After you brush with butter try sprinkling with coarse salt.
        Or for Auntie Anne’s famous cinnamon sugar, try melting a stick of butter
        in a shallow bowl( big enough to fit the entire pretzel) and in another
        bowl, make a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. dip the pretzel into the
        butter, coating both sides generously. then dip again into the cinnamon
        mixture.
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        Auntie Anne’s Pretzels http://www.topsecretfamousrecipes.com//index.php?cmd=print&recipe=25
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    • KATHLEEN says:

      have kit but instructions are not in there. does anyone have them? I would appreciate a copy if you do . You can send it to my e-mail. Thank You So Very Much

    • brooklyn says:

      where do i get the kit from walmart kroger or walgreens! im really excited to get it but sadly dont know where to!!!

    • Imogen smith says:

      While excitingly mixing the mix I found tiny white bugs crawling throuout the mixture. The mixing was soon enjoyable but… The mix wasn’t up to mixed standards… I really wanted the mix to be like a normal mix.. And I wanted the mix to be a mix of greatness and I don’t know another adjective to describe the mix. Look, I like mixes as much as the next person who likes mixes, but this mix was, like totally awful yo. Like I woke onday and was like yo I want to mix stuff yo and homemade annie Ann’s pretzels would be perfecto because I like mixing shiz. Like it was gross but I bought another cuz, shit it was 99 cents! I got it at a thrift shop mofo. Like idk yo all I know is that mixing is what is important in life. If your not mixing, your not right.
      #MIL #mixingislife #whatupmofos

    • liya says:

      Hi there I bought this kit awhile ago and I think ky kids misplaced the instruction!!! How do I do the kit without them? Anyone know??? Plzz help,loo.

    • liya says:

      Hi there I bought this kit awhile ago and I think ky kids misplaced the instruction!!! How do I do the kit without them? Anyone know??? Plzz help,loo.

    • liya says:

      Hi there I bought this kit awhile ago and I think ky kids misplaced the instruction!!! How do I do the kit without them? Anyone know? Plz help,loo.

    • Pam Mendenhall says:

      I made the pretzels today from the mix I bought. I had no problems with them sticking to my paper towel after I dipped them into the soda water mixture. They were delicious!!

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