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Pretzel Dogs

Did you have a happy Halloween? We certainly did. We went trick-or-treating for about an hour, it got pretty chilly outside, then came back home and handed out candy while the kiddos did “inventory”.

Halloween 2014

Sorry for the cruddy photo -it was already dark out when we were ready to go. This year we have Spiderman, the Woodmen Tower, a pink flamingo, and baby skeleton. Everyone but Felix picked out their costume. I noticed that people in my neighborhood were handing out lots of non-candy items. Pretzels, popcorn balls, fruit snacks, Ramen Noodles, Pop-tarts, juice boxes, Little Debbie’s, Cheezits, Rice Krispy treats, and breakfast cereal are all the non-candy items my kiddos received trick-or-treating. You won’t believe which non-candy item my kiddos were most excited about. RAMEN NOODLES. Yup they were dancing for joy over a package of Ramen Noodles. This food blogging mama found that hilarious.

Woodmen Tower Costume

Sasha, my creative artist, wanted to be a building for Halloween. We came up with the Woodmen Tower since it is an iconic building in downtown Omaha. Her costume was a hit. In fact she received extra pieces of candy everywhere we went. At one point she said “I think I will be this next year too.” Ha!

Did you grow up in a town that had a shopping mall? My hometown did not have a shopping mall. If we wanted to go to the mall we had to take a thirty minute drive south to the “big city.” If we did have a mall, and if I would have hung out there after school, I would have totally stuffed my face with those buttery mall pretzels. You know what I am talking about.

Pretzel Dogs

The fun part about writing recipes and posting them online is that I am constantly thinking about different recipes to try. Restaurant copycat recipes are fun category of recipes to make. And recipes that I can use in my daughters’ lunches are even better.

Most days my daughters bring their own lunch to school. They seem to be happy to eat sandwiches every day but I want to give them something more than a sad sandwich. That’s where these pretzel dogs came in. What child, or adult for that matter, wouldn’t be delighted to open up their lunch pail to this fun lunch?

Pretzel Dogs

This is a recipe where the kiddos can easily help. Let them roll out the pretzel dough and wrap around the hot dog. I have found that if I let them help they are even more likely to gobble it up. Sous chefs and clean plates are a good thing in my book.

These were a hit in the lunch box but I also think they would make a great snack for tailgating or football watching. Beer + pretzels were made for each other. Cheers!

Pretzel Dogs just like Auntie Anne's


    1. Auntie Anne’s is so tempting I always enter on the opposite side of the mall so I don’t have to walk directly past it.

  1. Love that Woodman costume, my son was a zombie, but he really wanted to be a piece of furniture. He said we could make the costume by putting the laundry basket over his head….not sure about that. Next year I will have to try to be more inventive like you 🙂

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