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These Are the Best Pretzels You Can Buy, According to Our Test Kitchen

Looking for the best pretzels to snack on? Our Test Kitchen pros tried the most popular brands. Just three got our stamp of approval.

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Learn How to Make Soft Pretzels at Home

This soft, chewy snack is a staple at German beer halls and breweries, but why make the trip when it's...


How to Safely Use Food-Grade Lye for Pretzels

Ditch the baking soda and learn how to make pretzels the old-fashioned way—by using a lye bath.


Pumpkin Latte Cheesecake Tarts

It's hard to resist this pumpkin latte cheesecake recipe. Use extra pretzel crumbs or toffee chips for a garnish. —Arlene...


Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Jars

3 reviews

Need to bring a dish to pass this weekend? These make-ahead dessert jars will disappear quickly at any potluck. —Aldene...

Air-Fryer Pretzel-Crusted Catfish

I love the flavor of this air-fryer catfish. I’m not a big fish lover, so any recipe that has me...


Campfire Cookies

The start of cold weather here in Colorado means bonfire season. What better way to celebrate than with these campfire...

Savory Cracker Snack Mix

9 reviews

A Taste of Home recipe inspired this one! Because I love everything bagel seasoning, I decided to give this...


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Red, White and Blue Crunch Mix

My colorful snack mix makes a festive treat for a large group or potluck or even to bring as a...


Caramel Chex Mix

2 reviews

This wonderfully crunchy snack is loaded with cereal, pretzels and nuts—and coated with a not-too-sweet brown sugar mixture. Package this...


Parmesan-Ranch Snack Mix

11 reviews

This is a quick, easy and delicious snack, especially for kids. No one I've made it for can have just...

Parmesan-Pretzel Crisps

2 reviews

I love this recipe because I usually have the ingredients on hand and it is so easy to prepare. It's...


Reindeer Snack Mix

6 reviews

Rudolph and his pals will be dashing, dancing and prancing to gobble up this savory snack mix. Humans also will...


Curried Cranberry Snack Mix

3 reviews

Pack this easy-to-make munchie in a sleek glass or acrylic canister adorned with cotton yarn, and it'll be ready to...


Chunky Drop Cookies

2 reviews

The night before I make these drop cookies, I measure out the pretzels, peanuts, raisins and chocolate. Assembly goes quickly...


Orange Gelatin Pretzel Salad

28 reviews

Salty pretzels pair nicely with the sweet fruit in this refreshing layered salad. It’s a family favorite that is a...

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

121 reviews

Need to bring a dish to pass this weekend? This make-ahead strawberry pretzel salad will disappear quickly at any potluck....


Nuts and Bolts

2 reviews

When I was a child, we made buckets of this mix for our family and friends each Christmas. These days...


Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

9 reviews

My secret to these rich no-bake bites? Pretzels in the crust. They add a salty crunch to the classic peanut...


Pecan Caramel Candies

35 reviews

Salty and sweet, these candies are the perfect little snack. Form a kitchen assembly line with your kids, and the...


Contest-Winning Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

1 review

I love the sweet-salty flavor of this pretty layered dessert. Sliced strawberries and gelatin top a smooth cream cheese filling...


Chocolate Caramel Hazelnut Pie

I love chocolate, caramel and hazelnuts, so I came up with a recipe that has all three. If you don't...


Pretzel Polar Bears

Stick these cool cuties in a mug of hot chocolate or show them off on a holiday cookie tray. Covered...


Mustard Pretzel Nuggets

2 reviews

This quick and fun snack is similar to the mustard pretzels you can buy at the store, but you can...


Beer and Pretzel Caramels

3 reviews

Beer and pretzels are a natural combination—mix them with smooth caramel and you have an awesome candy. The guys will...

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M&M Pretzel Cookies

3 reviews

Kids and grown-ups alike adore these sweet and crunchy no-bake cookies. Add more candy for lovers of M&M's, or toss...


Pretzel-Coated Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets with a crushed pretzel crust have a guaranteed wow factor. Have them as a quick weeknight supper or...



Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods

5 reviews

Kids of all ages enjoy making and eating these fun treats. The decorated pretzels are a pretty gift in a...


Pretzel Dessert

34 reviews

Save both time and money with a big batch of this sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy treat. Any dessert...


Pretzel Gelatin Dessert

28 reviews

This is one of my mother's absolute favorite desserts. The salty pretzel crust is the perfect complement to the sweet...