This post is sponsored by Glad Food Storage and Hidden Valley Ranch. As always, all opinions are my own.
During the holidays I’m always looking for yummy snacks that I can make and share with family and friends. That’s why today I’m showing you how to make these Spicy Ranch Pretzels.
No matter the time of year, when I go to my brother’s house, my sister-in-law always has these pretzels. As delicious as they are on their own, they also pair nicely with homemade mustard, mini cheese balls, or even just a cheese and pepperoni tray. Who doesn’t love a go-to snack?
I was thinking these pretzels would likewise make a fun gift or treat to bring to a holiday gathering. You’ll never again show up empty handed when you can easily whip up a batch or two of these guys.To make things even better, I created a free holiday gift tag printable. We’ll get to that in a bit.
If you’ve never made these, let me assure you they are quick and easy. First off, you’ll need some pretzels. I prefer square snaps because they have lots of edges to hold the spicy ranch flavoring.
Next, is the ranch flavor packets. I’m using this Hidden Valley® Fiesta Ranch Dip Mix. It gives the pretzels a bit of a Tex-Mex flair. However, traditional Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix works just as well.
These dip mixes are great for adding flavor to holiday appetizers. You can find them in the dressing aisle at Walmart while your shopping for all your holiday entertaining must-haves.
Side note: The recipe calls for 1 and 1/2 envelopes of Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dip Mix for the best flavor. I recommend doubling the recipe. You’ll then use three envelopes and not waste half of one.
The dip mix gets whisked together with other spices, including garlic salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. The recipe below calls for a teaspoon of cayenne. In my opinion, this gives the right amount of heat, but feel free to add more or less based on your own preference.
Next, drizzle this spice mixture over your pretzels.
To make sure the pretzels are evenly coated with all that goodness, here is a little trick I use. Place a piece of Glad® Press ‘n Seal on the top of your bowl. (That stuff is magic.) Stretch it around the edge of your bowl to get a tight seal; then shake, shake, shake.
I love Glad Press ‘n Seal for sealing in freshness. It creates a tight seal on paper, plastic, glass, metal, and wood.
With your pretzels evenly coated after all of that shaking, they’re ready for the oven. Pop them in on low heat for about 1.5 hours and you’re good to go.
Once the pretzels are cooled, you can store them in an air-tight container or package them up like I did to make small gifts.
I found some clear bags at Walmart and then created some holiday gift tags to finish them off.
I was so pleased with the gift tags, that I decided to make them into a printable you can download for free! (Sharing is caring, my friends.) Click here for the printable. I recommend printing the tags on white card stock.
Tie up the bags with ribbon and these tags and you have a gift that’s easy, delicious, and as cute as ever. What’s not to love.
Makes about 3 quarts
Here's what you will need:
1 pound (16-ounce bag) mini pretzels
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 envelopes Hidden Valley® Ranch Dip Mix (Original or Fiesta)
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Begin by preheating your oven to 200 degrees F. Then add your pretzels to a large bowl and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, Hidden Valley® Ranch Dip Mix, garlic salt, garlic powder, and cayenne.
Pour this mixture over the pretzels. Cover the bowl with Glad® Press 'n Seal, seal it tightly, and then shake until the pretzels are evenly coated.
Bake in a 13 x 9" pan for about 1.5 hours, stirring every 20 minutes.
Allow the pretzels to cool completely. Store in an airtight container or package in sealable bags for gifts.
As you can see, this is simple but tasty recipe. These Spicy Ranch Pretzels can be served in a variety of ways during the holidays or simply gobbled up on their own. For more holiday entertaining tips and recipes, be sure to check out www.walmart.com/holidayfavorites!