At what point does it make sense for a person purchase a tuxedo? Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips have caused me to wonder.
Not that these pretzels are going to be receiving an invite to the Oscars anytime soon, but if and when foods do make the guest list, I believe Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips deserve a place right at the top—these fluffy, cocoa-scented soft pretzels are always dressed for a black-tie event.
The only person I know in real life who I suspected might own his own tux is my Uncle RD. He’s an architect who has lived abroad for the past 22 years, the most recent 17 being in London. I emailed him to ask, and it turns out that he not only owns a tux—he is on his third since college and purchased a new one just last year. I know (logically) that RD doesn’t spend every night hobnobbing at Kensington Palace; however, the fact that he has worn out multiple tuxedos leads me to believe that his life is even more illustrious than I dared conjecture.
In this same email, RD casually assured me that owning a tux is a totally normal thing and I probably know multiple men who own their own; I just don’t realize it. I sincerely hope this to be true because, deep down inside…I’m dying to go to a ball! Where there are men in tuxes, surely there must be glamorous women in ball gowns, correct? Clearly my parents let me watch too much Cinderella as a kid.
If I ever do wrangle an invite to a ball, I’m going the Rent the Runway route. I see no point investing in a ball gown long term, because I wouldn’t dream of being seen at two balls in the same dress. Since I’m sure a slew of party invites will arrive just as soon as I’ve attended the first, I’m glad I have my wardrobe strategy planned in advance.
While soft pretzels might not be an instinctual choice for a swanky black-tie event, premier Hollywood party planners should give Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips a chance. Can you imagine what a hit Auntie Anne’s would be at an Oscars afterparty? I can see the celebs clamoring over one another for a bite of that buttery, hypnotically-scented, soft pretzel goodness now.
I’ve adored soft pretzels since the fifth-grade. My mom would drop me off at the mall (a safe distance from the door, mind you) to “go shopping” with my friends. “Go shopping” in those days meant peruse Claire’s in search of new smiley face accessories and mood rings. This smiley face fetish represents one of many phases in my life where I must seriously question my fashion sense. Bangs are another.
In between rounds of sniffing the different lotions at Bath and Body Works (Do I go with the Freesia or the Sun Ripened Raspberry?), my friends and I would become exhausted and in need of sustenance. Auntie Anne’s came to the rescue every time.
Though shopping is no longer something I really enjoy (unless it’s Christmas shopping—I’m a crazy person who likes the mall at Christmas. Everything smells like pine trees and cinnamon, and Williams-Sonoma hands out free peppermint bark), my love for soft pretzels remains strong and true. I’ve dropped my Auntie Anne’s fetish in favor of homemade soft pretzels, which are healthier, equally irresistible, and don’t require me to fight off an old lady for a parking space.
Start to finish, Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips are ready in less than an hour and require only 15 minutes of rise time. Rather than fussing with boiling the shaped pretzels in a baking soda solution (the traditional pretzel method), I use a quick egg wash to give the pretzels a glossy finish and texture. The dough is also incredibly fun to roll out and twist into pretzel shapes. I may dream of going to a ball, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy playing with my food.
Recap: I want to be Cinderella, I play with my food, and I love free samples at the mall. Basically I’m 12.
I baked Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips with my favorite yeast, Red Star Platinum. From my Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls to No-Knead Oatmeal Bread to Honey Swirled Coffee Cake, I simply cannot say enough positive things about this yeast. I bake with whole wheat flour in nearly all of my bread recipes, a practice which can result in a heavy, dense loaf if the right steps are not taken. Red Star Platinum helps ensure my final product is super soft and fluffy, and these chewy on the outside, tender on the inside Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips are no exception!
With their soft, dark cocoa dough and fun white chocolate polka dots, Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips are dressed for a party. I’m petitioning them for a red-carpet affair, but I’m equally in support of smearing them with peanut butter for a quick, tasty breakfast or snack. No ball gown required.
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Red Star Yeast compensated me for my time to create this recipe and post. As always, all opinions are my own.