10 Pretzel Shapes That Aren’t Your Basic Twist
Go beyond the classic twist with these pretzel shapes that range from simple nuggets to holiday-themed centerpieces.
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And maybe the best part: They are so easy to make! Just form a long rope and slice with a bench scraper. No measuring, no twisting—just tasty.
While the classic twist is the go-to pretzel shape pretty much everywhere, in Philadelphia, you’ll find another loopy shape is standard: the Philly Pretzel.
This figure eight-shaped pretzel came onto the scene in the 1920s and was originally a flub from an automated pretzel machine. But this pretzel shape stuck and soon other bakeries started to copy it. Locals will tell you the center twist is the best part.
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Braid a few ropes of pretzel dough together to create a twisted treat. At Bretzel & Compagnie in Montreal, you’ll find them stuffed with tasty ingredients.
Get creative and weave cheese, herbs or flavored butter into your braids. And don’t forget to top with salt, poppy seeds, sesame seeds or everything bagel seasoning.
Need a centerpiece for your holiday party? How about a gorgeous wreath-shaped pretzel? This is a great way to work on your bread-braiding skills. Be sure to serve up this Christmas pretzel with plenty of seasonal dips like Spruced-Up Cheese Spread or Holiday Salsa.
Some snacks go perfectly with cheering on your team—peanuts, cold beer and of course pretzels. If you’re hosting a watch party at home, take a hint from St. Louis’ Pretzel Boys.
Recreating this pretzel shape at home is simple! Just whip up your favorite soft pretzel dough and roll it into long ropes, then use skinnier ropes for the laces.
At first glance, this might look like one of your standard pretzel shapes, but Bavarian pretzels are just a smidge different. You’ll notice the bottom of the pretzel is thicker and has a slash to show off the inside of the pretzels. The ends of the twist are also thinner. This thick and thin allows for different textures to satisfy crunch-lovers and chewy pretzel fanatics alike.