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My Auntie Anne’s #PretzelPro Trip

A couple of months ago I was invited as one of ten ambassadors to visit Lancaster, Pennsylvania and the headquarters of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels

When we arrived, the president and Chief Operating Officer Bill Dunn, was waiting for us outside, and as he walked us through the front doors, the entire staff was standing in the foyer clapping for our group. It was a big surprise, and the warm and family-like company environment was a wonderful thing to experience.

Bill Dunn-Auntie Anne's Pretzels president

After that genial welcome, we began a day at ‘Pretzel University’ where we heard fun stories about how Auntie Anne’s Pretzels began, and we saw little bits of history scattered throughout the building.

Auntie Anne's Pretzels history - first menu board

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels first menu board

Auntie Anne's pretzel cart

Auntie Anne’s pretzel cart

Auntie Anne's Pretzels HQ wall art

This isn’t history, but who doesn’t love a pretzel-themed art collection?

We talked pretzels, we twisted pretzels, we baked pretzels and most assuredly, we ate pretzels!

me, Xenia, Renee at Auntie Anne's

We even met Auntie Anne Beiler herself! That was the absolute best part of the whole event because it was a total surprise. She was engaging, gracious and oh, so friendly.

Me with Anne Beiler (Auntie Anne)
Not to mention that the gal can twist a mean pretzel!

Auntie Anne - Anne Beiler twisting a pretzel

You know who can’t? Me.

You see there’s a special twist technique they use, and I can.not.do.it. My pretzels looked a hot mess. So I had to make them the “baby” way – by twisting the dough on top of a pretzel pattern on the counter. Because I’m five years old.

I watched very carefully as the experts showed us how to make pretzels the Auntie Anne’s way. They rolled out a length of dough, lifted it up in the air and with a magical  twist of the wrist, that rope of dough was in a pretzel shape. (Beats me how they do it.)

Auntie Anne's pretzel university

She’s a pretzel ninja, I swear.

They take a quick dip in a baking soda solution, get a sprinkling of salt and then they’re popped into the oven where they’re baked into these lovelies.

baking Auntie Anne's pretzels

Then they get flipped over and dunked into a bath of buttery goodness. Oh.my.word.

dunking Auntie Anne's pretzels in butter

I learned so much about the art of pretzel baking and what makes Auntie Anne’s pretzels so delicious. I even graduated from Pretzel University!

Pretzel University graduation - Auntie Anne's

Here’s a short but sweet video of the overall #PretzelPro experience. :) It was a fabulous trip!

If you haven’t tasted an Auntie Anne’s pretzel, you are missing out on a taste sensation! Do it soooooooon!

Actually, I’m going to help you enjoy some Auntie Anne’s Pretzels sooner rather than later by having a giveaway!

GIVEAWAY!

Five (5) lucky readers will each win five free pretzel coupons and a slew of special deal coupons as well.

Auntie Anne's Pretzels logo

 

Travel, meals and accommodations were provided courtesy of Auntie Anne’s. No other compensation was received.

RULES: Giveaway ends 11:59 pm ET, July 29, 2013. No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, twenty-one (21) years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law. One lucky winner will be chosen using random.org. One entry per household and IP address. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Cheating will not be tolerated, and entries will be verified for accuracy. I will email the winner and they will have 48 hours to respond to the notification email, or a new winner will be chosen. Entering this giveaway means you are in agreement with this blog’s Terms of Use policy.

About Liz

Liz Mays is a lifestyle, food and travel blogger living in coastal North Carolina. If she's not in her kitchen creating recipes, she's probably off on another whirlwind travel adventure, scrapbooking her photos and memories, curled up watching a movie or sound asleep.

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  1. Melanie Johnson says:

    I love the cinnamon sugar and the regular. I have only tried those two and love them both!

  2. CharityS says:

    Original is my favorite

  3. I like garlic the best

  4. Christian Alejandro says:

    Cinnamon Sugar Rocks!!!!