Today is National Pretzel Day! I love all these hokey food holidays because it gives me a chance to celebrate certain foods and really work with them in a different way. For today’s post, in honor or National Pretzel Day, I bring you Trail Mix Pretzel Sticks.
We love pretzels. My boys could live off of soft pretzels and we regularly visit a certain “pretzel factory” in my town on a regular basis. I am the lunch time hero when I include a soft pretzel in the boys’ lunch boxes.
Usually, we have hard pretzels in our cupboard for a quick snack. Often, I offer dip alongside the pretzels, from hummus, to peanut butter to Nutella, and I can usually count on a request for seconds.
Lately, my youngest son has been very interested in nuts. He has been eating peanuts, sunflower seeds, almonds and pumpkin seeds and seems to enjoy them very much. While watching him nosh on some homemade trail mix, I had an idea to combine two of his favorite things and before I knew it, I was whipping up batches of Trail Mix Pretzel Sticks.
- 1 box of Pretzel Sticks
- Sunflower Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Dried Cranberries
- 4-6 oz. of chocolate chips
- Melt chocolate on your stovetop using a double boiler. Combine peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins and cranberries and place in shallow dish. Once chocolate is melted, dip pretzel sticks in chocolate to fully cover. Let set for a minute. Roll chocolate covered pretzels in trail mix mixture to fully cover. Let trail mix sticks set for at least 20 minutes before serving. Allow to fully settle before placing in storage container.
- May not be suitable for children with nut allergies.
My little guy ate his Trail Mix Pretzel Sticks while playing outside. It was a great outdoor food as he could eat it with one hand, it didn’t need any kind of utensil or bowl and there was nothing to dispose of once he finished the pretzel stick. Plus, he was completely satisfied and wasn’t asking for another snack minutes later. My Trail Mix Pretzel Sticks would also be great to pack for your next picnic in the park, to a sporting event, to the beach, or even as a snack for a long car ride.