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    OT: Butter on a pretzel?

    For the first time in some ten years I've been jonesing for a tasty, freshly baked pretzel. Christmas shopping at the mall (bah!), I spied an "Auntie Anne's." I was surprised that their pretzels are all drenched in melted butter. I ordered one without butter, and the perplexed cashier informed me I'd have to wait seven minutes for a fresh batch of pretzels to come out. Fine. While waiting, the manager asked if I had a butter allergy. No, I just don't want butter on my pretzel, thanks. "It only adds 30 calories." That's cool, keep them, I said. Watching an employee liberally coat a batch of pretzel bites using two butter brushes simultaneously, I questioned the accuracy of the 30 calorie estimate. I also wondered why they push for customers to get butter, when there's no additional profit.

    My pretzel was a little bitter from being slightly burned on the bottom, and inasmuch did not scratch the itch.

    Is this where we, as a society, have arrived? Pretzels aren't tasty enough; we have to coat them with butter?

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    Now you have me thinking about fresh pretzels.

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    At least you could opt for butter, in Norway apparently a shortage of butter has driven the price up to $465.00 a pound.

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    Blasphemy! The only thing that belongs on a fresh pretzel is kosher salt and mustard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    Blasphemy! The only thing that belongs on a fresh pretzel is kosher salt and mustard.
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    Agreed. I too am now Jonesin for a pretzel. No way does butter belong on one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    Blasphemy! The only thing that belongs on a fresh pretzel is kosher salt and mustard.
    : Agree 100%

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    They aren't hard to make. If you want it done right...



    Don't salt the ones you are not going to eat right away. The salt will draw moisture out of the pretzel, dissolve and leave a soggy surface.

    There are frozen ones at some supermarkets called Kim and Scott's that are actually pretty good and are a hundred times better than that AA stuff at the mall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    Blasphemy! The only thing that belongs on a fresh pretzel is kosher salt and mustard.
    Hot Chinese mustard preferably.
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    At least you could opt for butter, in Norway apparently a shortage of butter has driven the price up to $465.00 a pound.
    Forget a drug mule, now we have butter mules. I bet I could fit a couple pounds of butter up my butt....hey times are tough for us 99%. If it takes packing sticks of butter up our poop chutes....

    I put butter on everything.....my steaks, fish, asparagus(actually all my veggies), breads, up my butt now apparently.

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    Let's see now let me get this straight, we are on a mountain bike forum talking about pretzels. Is this correct? Do you think the fine folks over on the pretzel site are talking about mountain bikes? Things that make you go hmmm.
    Suddenly I'm a jonesen for a "buttered" pretzel.
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    Hmmmm.... Pretzels....
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    Here in germania, you have to eat your pretzel within a day or two of buying it else they get rock hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfacecreations View Post
    Forget a drug mule, now we have butter mules. I bet I could fit a couple pounds of butter up my butt....hey times are tough for us 99%. If it takes packing sticks of butter up our poop chutes....
    " this butter tastes like crap "
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfacecreations View Post
    I put butter on everything.....my steaks, fish, asparagus(actually all my veggies), breads ...
    butter makes everything tasty even better I'm am a butterholic.
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    Soft pretzels - spicy honey mustard
    Hard pretzels - a big ole tub of peanut butter (my post-ride weakness)

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaskaranddriver View Post
    Is this where we, as a society, have arrived? Pretzels aren't tasty enough; we have to coat them with butter?
    I prefer a little chocolate on my pretzel, wink wink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    Let's see now let me get this straight, we are on a mountain bike forum talking about pretzels. Is this correct? Do you think the fine folks over on the pretzel site are talking about mountain bikes? Things that make you go hmmm.
    Suddenly I'm a jonesen for a "buttered" pretzel.
    And now YOU have me thinking about a "buttered" mountain bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by somanygoodbikes View Post
    There are frozen ones at some supermarkets called Kim and Scott's that are actually pretty good and are a hundred times better than that AA stuff at the mall.
    I think the one I had ten years ago was one of these, branded "SuperPretzel." It hit the spot. I'll be scoping the frozen food isle later today.

    Peanut butter, chocolate, honey, salt, any kind of mustard area all great pretzel toppings imo. Save the butter for toast! =P

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    I guess im lucky, the auntie annes here puts alot less butter on it than most places do. I usually opt for a salted plain pretzel, a cup of cheese, and a cup os yellow mustard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    Let's see now let me get this straight, we are on a mountain bike forum talking about pretzels. Is this correct? Do you think the fine folks over on the pretzel site are talking about mountain bikes? Things that make you go hmmm.
    Suddenly I'm a jonesen for a "buttered" pretzel.
    A parallel universe thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaskaranddriver View Post
    I think the one I had ten years ago was one of these, branded "SuperPretzel." It hit the spot. I'll be scoping the frozen food isle later today
    Oh man, these are good. I'll be having to grab a box as well. Love 'em with some mustard!
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    I tried some of the superpretzel ones earlier this year and they were terrible. They don't seem to be the same ones (same brand at least) as you can buy at roadside stands. That was why I gave that other brand a try.

    This thread would probably be more at home in the beer forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaskaranddriver View Post
    Is this where we, as a society, have arrived? Pretzels aren't tasty enough; we have to coat them with butter?
    seriously?
    complaining about butter?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    this whole board and every question and complaint in it is a first world problem. butter on pretzels might be a more legitimate complaint than several found here.

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