7 New Ways to Use Store-Bought Pretzels

Use up those pretzels in your pantry with these seven game-changing ideas.

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Crunchy, salty and oh-so-snackable — what’s not to like about pretzels? But you don’t have to just eat them plain. Here are seven fun ways to add their crisp-salty superpowers to other dishes!

Pretzel Kebabs

Who doesn’t love food on a stick? And it’s even better when the stick itself is edible! These little snack kebabs are a fun appetizer for a party and a huge hit with kids. Cheddar, ham and grapes work well, but you could also use salami or turkey, and any cheese you like.

Caramel-Pretzel Pecan Candies

A fun twist on chocolate turtles, these little treats couldn’t be easier to make. Put half of a chewy caramel candy on a pretzel and top it with a pecan and a chocolate chip, then warm it all in the oven for just a few minutes until the caramel starts to soften a bit. Make just one to treat yourself, or make a bunch and serve them at a party.

Coffee Pretzel Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Who needs Ben and Jerry when you can add your own creative mix-ins to ice cream? For a creamy, crunchy caffeine kick, just crush up some pretzels and mix them into coffee ice cream along with some chocolate chips. The salt from the pretzels is the perfect complement to the chocolate and the roast-y coffee flavor.

Pretzel-Fried Chicken Tenders

Whoever first breaded chicken with pretzel crumbs is a genius. Crispier and saltier than plain old breadcrumbs, pretzels will definitely step up your chicken-tender game. Take your favorite fried chicken-tender recipe and substitute crushed pretzels for the breadcrumbs. Serve the pretzel-crusted tenders with ketchup or honey mustard. 

Marshmallow Pretzel Treats

Be the star of the bake sale with these addictively sweet and salty snacks. Just substitute crushed pretzels for the crispy rice cereal in your favorite treat recipe. You may never go back to those boring cereal treats again!

Pretzel-Coated Goat Cheese Ball

Pretzels get fancy when you pair them with goat cheese for this festive appetizer. Roll goat cheese into a ball, then roll it in crushed pretzels and finely chopped parsley. It’s unbelievably quick and easy to make, but will be a huge hit at your next holiday party! Serve it with crackers or pretzel thins.

Sweet and Salty Chocolate-Drizzled Pretzel Caramel Corn

Caramel corn is pretty darn perfect on its own, but add pretzels and chocolate and it becomes mind-blowing. Toss your favorite brand of caramel corn with pretzels, then drizzle it with melted chocolate. Pop it in the freezer for a few minutes to set the chocolate so your fingers don’t get all messy when you stuff it in your face!