Pretzels in the Pan Crop R

Until recently I would have advised you NOT to invite me to your potluck.  I stink at bringing food other people like.  Let’s review my past potluck contributions:

cold quinoa salad with raisins and toasted coconut

brushetta with goat cheese

greek yogurt cucumber salad

marinated feta cheese, olive and cucumber skewers

I thought they were all perfectly yummy, and best of all healthy . . . but no one else ate them.  Any of them.  It’s not that they weren’t tasty or that I’m a bad cook, they were just out of the norm.

I was chatting with my friend Amber a few months ago and she noted she has this same problem.  She’s 100% Paleo and super excited for the food she brings to get-togethers.  Her contributions are super healthy, super within her diet and . . . super unpopular.  Or so she tells me – I go NUTS for her food because she’s an awesome cook.  We commiserated and I explained how I was done sharing food I like and was set on sharing food everybody likes.  Let’s face it, more people share the culinary tastes of my Father-in-Law than me.  It’d be a frigid day in H-E-double-hockey-sticks before I could get my Father-in-Law to eat a cold quinoa salad with raisins and toasted coconut and let’s not even discuss the goat cheese.  I shudder to think what he’d say if I served that to him.

After much debate I’ve recently come up with a solution to my potluck woes.

I’d like to introduce you to the perfect potluck food . . . dun dun duuuuuuun . . .


Pretzels Crop R

I have reasons people, oh do I have reasons!

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One.  Who doesn’t like pretzels?  Nobody, that’s who.  Pretzels even come in gluten-free versions if that’s an issue.

Two.  Who doesn’t like chocolate?  Nobody, that’s who.  Chocolate even comes in vegan versions if that’s an issue.

Three.  They are fast and easy to make.  Melt chocolate.  Dip pretzel.  Top if desired.  Done.

Four.  They can be made last minute.  Keep a bag of pretzels around the house and some chocolate and you are always ready to go, no special trip to the grocery required.

Five.  They are completely customizable to any and every occasion.  That’s right.  Every occasion.  Wilton candy melts come in a ridiculous amount of colors to account for every holiday, graduating seniors class colors, birthday theme, season and more!  For formal occasions or to appear fancy, use more expensive chocolate.  Dip your pretzels in a mix of white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate and you’ve got every type of chocolate lover covered.  And toppings!  Yes, let’s discuss toppings.  Crushed peppermint for Christmas.  Toasted pecans for Thanksgiving.  Green sprinkles for St. Patty’s Day.  Yellow sprinkles for summer.  Orange sprinkles for fall.  Red and blue sugar on white chocolate for Fourth of July.  I could go on but there isn’t enough room on the internet  to list all the options.

Six.  They are portable.  They store well, travel well, there’s no messy sauces to deal with and they are easy to grab a serving off the picnic table.  They won’t go stale, get soft or slimey or squishy and they have a shelf life that makes them just as tasty for a second helping when that fabulous party extends late into the night.  Plus, if by some miracle, there are any left and you take them home there’s no need to be concerned about contracting botulism from them sitting out on a table for hours and hours.

Seven.  They are pretty.  Yes, pretty.  Presentation is half the battle and the better they look the more likely they’ll end up on that disposable plate instead of that plain old generic brownie default.

Eight.  If you have kids, they can help! Get them dipping and rolling and you’ve not only got your potluck portion covered, but you’ve gotten your kids in the kitchen, kept them entertained and covered craft time.

Nine.  They really aren’t that bad for you.  Sure, chocolate covered pretzels aren’t exactly on par with eating a salad, but the pretzels themselves are low in fat and if you use a super dark chocolate they can be low in sugar too.  Topping with crushed peanuts even offers a protein boost.  Take that generic brownie.

Ten.  I don’t actually have a tenth reason, but nine reasons chocolate covered pretzels are the perfect potluck food sounded less cool than ten so how about you just take my word for it okay?

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Stop back in later for a post on how well these pretzels did at our last potluck . . . as well as how well other dishes fared!

– Joanna

P.S.  If you are asked to bring a side dish to your next potluck . . . well, ignore the request and go ahead and still bring these mmmm K?  No one will be mad once they eat them.  Besides, pretzels are carby and carbs are side dishes so WIN!

Question of the Day:  What’s your go-to potluck dish?


  1. cold quinoa salad with raisins and toasted coconut – I would so try this! Always like to try new recipes featuring quinoa!
    brushetta with goat cheese – Yes, again!
    greek yogurt cucumber salad – Um, no. Don’t like yogurt.
    marinated feta cheese, olive and cucumber skewers – Yes, sounds yummy!

    One. Who doesn’t like pretzels? Nobody, that’s who. (Wrong. I HATE pretzels, so I would ignore them even though they’re coated in chocolate. Sorry.)

    My go-to potluck thing is either a fun dessert (blackberry crumb bars and oatmeal caramelitas have been popular the past couple of years at a family picnic) or a salad made with mixed greens, glazed walnuts or pecans, feta cheese, red onion, dried cranberries, and balsamic vinaigrette.

    • Shhhhhhhhh you’re negating the validity of my blog post. You love pretzels. Love them. 😉 Send me the recipes for your desserts!!!!!

  2. I would try all of your dishes except the goat cheese. Unless you have a way of making it not taste sour. Or however that taste is. I don’t like it for the same reason as blue cheese. Something a little sour in the flavor department. Other than that, they sound yummy!

    I like your pretzel idea. I will have to keep it in mind for the future! I don’t have a go-to dish, other than that I often bring desserts to parties. The last potluck I went to I made sure to bring an entree since people rarely bring those. Sure enough, my meatballs were gone before I even got to have one.

    • I’ve always been a little on the fence about goat cheese too. My favorite way to eat it is mixed in with marinara sauce. Makes it super creamy and flavorful but with so much else going on with the tomatoes and spices it’s not all about the goat cheese. I think you are right about meatballs! I bet that’s another great item to bring to a potluck. I have a new meatball recipe I’d like to try too. Now I just need a potluck . . .

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