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.
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.
We talked pretzels, we twisted pretzels, we baked pretzels and most assuredly, we ate pretzels!
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.
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.)
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.
Then they get flipped over and dunked into a bath of buttery goodness. Oh.my.word.
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!
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!
Five (5) lucky readers will each win five free pretzel coupons and a slew of special deal coupons as well.
Travel, meals and accommodations were provided courtesy of Auntie Anne’s. No other compensation was received.