Who doesn’t love a good snack? I especially love crunchy, salty snacks, and can plow through a bag of potato chips in no time flat. However, that’s not exactly the healthiest option out there, good as a bag of chips might taste. If I’m going to have a snack, especially when I’m at work, I do better to plan ahead, and bring something from home, otherwise I’m subject to fending for myself from the vending machine, which is also not the best option. Some of the things I like to use include:
- Single-serve cups of applesauce (a great way to squeeze in a serving of fruit)
- Granola bars (I like making my own, as it’s a way to control the amount of sugar and fat that can sometimes be found in them)
- Greek yogurt
- Pretzels with peanut butter
I also like preztels in just about any form (hard or soft-baked), with more than just peanut butter for dipping. Chocolate, of course, is awesome for the sweet-salty combination, and while I know a lot of people like pretzels with mustard, that’s not really one of my favorites, as I’m not really big on condiments. Cheese, however, is mighty tasty with a pretzel. And I am a big fan of Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels, especially the Hard Sourdough Pretzels.
I went and bought a box this evening, in anticipation of writing this post, and with the intention of making a cheesy dipping sauce to go with them. However, I opened the box, and just started munching away! But here’s the recipe for the really quick and easy cheese sauce that goes well with any pretzels–Hard or soft.
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp. pepper
3/4 C milk
3/4 C shredded cheddar cheese
salt, to taste
In a small saucepan, melt butter. Whisk in flour and pepper, and cook for about one minute. While constantly whisking flour mixture, slowly pour in milk. Cook over medium heat until mixture is thickened. Stir in the shredded cheese until it melts, about 1 minute. Taste for salt, and add if necessary. Makes about 1 cup of sauce.
More about Synder’s of Hanover:
Our tradition of good taste dates back to 1909 when Harry V. Warehime, founder of Hanover Canning Company, our parent company until 1980, began producing Olde Tyme Pretzels for the Hanover Pretzel Company. In 1963, the Bechtel Pretzel Company, founded by Bill and Helen Bechtel in 1947, was purchased and incorporated into Snyder’s Bakery. Bill developed the original recipe for the Sourdough Hard Pretzel that is still enjoyed by consumers today. Visit Snyder’s for more information.
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