I 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.
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.
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.
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.