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Malted Pretzel Crunch for Super Bowl Sunday

February 3, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Posted in Appetizers, Candy | 51 Comments
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First I just want to say that this post was almost set to go Wednesday, and then my computer crashed.  It was fixed briefly, but then it crashed again.  Thankfully I didn’t lose anything, but I went through two days of no computer hell!  You know how it is nowadays – can’t live without it, really can’t live without it. How did I ever live without the internet?  I’d love to go back to those days to remember how.  I can’t even remember the last time I fully read a newspaper.  I think it was HS?

Malted Pretzel Crunch

Having said all that,  I have an awesome Super Bowl munchie to present to you.  I’m a NY Giants fan, so naturally this is a very special Super Bowl Sunday for me aka a Super DUPER Bowl Sunday, one that deserves its own special and unique snack. It’s called pretzel crunch and it contains malted milk powder.  How awesome is that?  If you’ve never had a chocolate or vanilla malted milkshake, or a box of Whoppers or Malteasers, you may not know the flavor that is ‘malted’. Well, I’ve racked my brain trying to come up with a description, but I can’t.  If anyone out there can, please do! However, once you do taste it, I can almost guarantee you’ll love it, since I don’t know many who don’t love it.

This amazing pretzel crunch  was created by Christina Tossi of Momofuku Milk Bar fame, but I made a few subtle changes, one of them reducing the milk powder so I could double the malt powder, and the other, doubling the recipe, because you’re going to need a lot of it.  In fact, I would triple it, quadruple it!  It goes very, very fast.

Trust me when I say that this is not your average pretzel snack.  The combination of sweet, salty and malty is a massive, out-of-hand rave on the palate. On football Sundays I have to make at least 5 pans of it!

Now I’m going to shut up (shocking) and let you finish this post by photo.  A picture is worth a thousand words in this case, a thousand words that I don’t have today.  Enjoy your journey to one of the best pretzel snack you might ever have. Seriously.

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Let’s Go Giants!!

Malted Pretzel Crunch
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Yield: About 2 cups pretzel crunch
Recipe created by Christina Tossi, via Epicurious, with my revisions
  • 4 cups salted mini pretzels - about ½ of a 16-ounce bag
  • ½ cup tightly packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons milk powder
  • ⅓ cup malted milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 14 tablespoons butter (1 stick, plus 6 tablespoons), melted
  1. Preheat oven to 275 F.
  2. Pour the pretzels in a large bowl and crush them with your hands (I threw them in a ziplock bag and hammered them with a mallet - easier, in my opinion) to one-quarter of their original size. Add the milk powder, malt powder, sugar, and salt, toss to mix. Add the butter and toss to coat. As you toss, the butter will act as glue, binding the dry ingredients to the pretzels and creating small clusters. (I did not get small clusters, but once baked, it formed a sheet of pretzel crunch that I broke into pieces).
  3. Spread the clusters on a parchment- or silpat-lined sheet pan and bake for 20 minutes, until it looks toasted, smells buttery, and crunches gently when you bite into it.
  4. Cool the pretzel crunch completely before storing or using in a recipe. Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, the crunch will keep fresh for 1 week; in the fridge or freezer, it will keep for 1 month. (I think these would be fantastic in cookies with chocolate chunks OR drizzle melted chocolate over the top of the sheet of pretzel crunch, let set, then break into pieces - like you would toffee.

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  1. What?! You left us hanging again? I’ll forgive you because this recipe looks awesome. I don’t know anything about superbowl (sorry, ignorant non sport-watching British person alert) but could happily munch this on its own, stir into ice cream or make into cookies. Amazing.

  2. Wow, beautiful! I really enjoyed reading that second part of your tale.

    And what a great snack! Really addictive, I’m sure.



  3. Great snack for the game – question does it go with beer? I am sure your bad boy would have loved it too. Great story – Must have been fun to relive those times in your life. Enjoy the game – Go Giants!

    • Are you kidding? What doesn’t go with beer!

  4. Crazy cliffhangers!

    I would be all over that malted pretzel crunch.

  5. If I didn’t love you so much, I might be forced to hate you for that cliffhanger… :) But I think a batch of that malted pretzel goodness might just make me feel better… :)

  6. NOOOOO. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT TO US? I’m so very bad at waiting. Oh well, that crunchy pretzel stuff looks the business. Enjoy the game! I hope your guys win.

  7. Okay, you’re killing me over here with this wait until February 6th stuff! GEEZ!! Forget the Superbowl and the malted crunch stuff and let’s get on with the rest of the story!! ;-D

  8. Way to leave us hanging… again! Love your story – we’ll all be reminiscing about how first love feels :) Yummy snack – sweet snacks are actually quite good with beer, Dan. Gooooo Patriots!

    • Well Priscilla I will just have to make this snack to go with the beer :). By the the way I am a Red Sox and Celtics fan – don’t mind the Pats but the Giants are my football team. Enjoy the game but not too much!

  9. This is like Eclipse! Hurry up with part 3!

  10. Nooooooooooooo… are you seriously going to leave us dangling AGAIN?! I need to know the rest.. and SOON! Btw… this reminds me so much of the Twilight serious… LOL :D And oh my! This snack sounds sooooooooo great! Love the flavors…

  11. This could be a dangerous snack for me, but pretty fantastic too, LOL! Your not helping this sugar addict by showing this yummy treat! I am not a huge chocolate fan, I love that it does not include any chocolate. Just salty and sweet happiness:-) Hugs, Terra

  12. Oh Lisa…what a storrrry! I am completely enthralled and waiting for the continuation. You take me back in time to those days of high school that were full of crushes and heartbreaks. Addictive snack that I must make for a Super Bowl party we’re going to. :)

  13. Oh man, you left me on the edge of my seat! :)

  14. I’m going to sit here and keep refreshing this page til part 3. I can’t bear to miss it :)

    These malted pretzel thingos look like so much fun! I don’t want to think what time the game would show in Australia or IF it is showing.

  15. The suspense is killing me!! This is too cute. Also this pretzel crunch business looks amazing. Thanks so much for linking up at my game day blog hop!

  16. My goodness, this sounds so delicious. Very unique, can’t wait to try!

  17. Wow, this must be addicting!!! And WHY do there have to be 3 parts to your story?????!!!

  18. Ooo, sorry for the double computer crash, Lisa! I hate when I am computerless. Great little treat, though. How yummy!

  19. OMG your cliff hangers are the worst. Haha. And actually, I had to go back through this post twice because when I got to the bottom the first time I couldn’t even remember that there were pictures of food in there. The malted pretzel crunch does look awesome, though, and I bet I would eat every last bite of it!

  20. Thanks so much for sharing your story. I’ll be tuning in for Part 3. This pretzel crunch looks purely addictive.

  21. The crunch sounds good; though no pretzels in the house but but admit I’m thinking…hmm? Malted granola crunch. Maybe!

    Still I’m here for the story. I’ll grab my bowl of popcorn and read Days of Our Lisa now, thanks.

  22. I am loving the way you are parceling out this story. Hanging on every word. I also love anything malted. Must. Try. This. Crunch.

  23. Thats a wonderful perfect snack and love the flavors in it.


  24. YUM!! And you are such a tease. Sorry no call this week, I was sick and completely knackered all week crawling into bed with Maisie each night when she went to bed. Talk soon.

  25. You enjoy torturing us like that…a part 3, what? I want to know NOW ;-)
    Salt and sweet, yummy superbowl treat!

  26. Wow, I love it! You are inspiring!!! I just found your blog, I like it because i was seeking for such type of info.
    I hope it benefits all one who land up here.
    Thanks for sharing the pretzel crunch!!

  27. Just wanted to let you know that I now hate you. I am sending a care package of cookies and treats to a friend so I thought she might enjoy this pretzel crunch so I made a batch this morning and I can’t stop snacking on it. At the rate I’m going I’m going to gain five pounds and have to make another batch so I have some to send…it’s all your fault!

  28. Oh man, thank heavens I saved this Part 2 for after you already posted Part 3 or I would have had to call you to hear the rest. OMG!! You tease…and maybe he was thinking the same thing? And speaking of tease, how dare you post this scrumptious pretzel treat (did you even know I am a pretzel fanatic?) where I can’t even reach it???

  29. Loving the love story, and the malted pretzel crunch! YUM!

  30. I love the photo with the newspaper that is so good. This snack looks seriously addicting. Your the best at telling this story and leaving it a cliff hanger. Your so funny I love this :)

  31. Nice pretzel snack…and I am going straight to part 3 hehehe!

  32. Toenail biting, I was in stitches over that. Great recipe, I could really go for this. And whacking pretzels with a hammer is just good fun.

  33. Made it, posted about it and my waistline is not happy about it. Check out my blog. Talk soon.

  34. I cannot believe how delicious this sounds. So glad I found it on pinterest!

    • It really is ‘snack crack’, Nikki. I hope you try it! Let me know how it turns out if you do!

  35. Made this tonight for a super bowl party and it was a HUGE hit…thanks for the yummy recipe!

    • You’re so welcome, Mary! So glad it was a hit! :)

  36. So I found this crunch on Pinterest and had to go back to see the recipe for this…my husband is obsessed with malt. I am sure I saw this as I raced through the bad boy stories many months ago! Hope all is well…..

  37. Snack crack was a huge hit at happy hour! It’s a keeper!

    • That is awesome to hear, Cindy! Over here, it’s gotten to the point where it’s expected every football Sunday! I have Monday night and Thursday night off LOL.

  38. What is milk power? Is that powedered milk? Can you buy malt powder at the grocery store

    • Hi, Liza! Yes, it’s powdered milk and yes, you can buy malted milk powder at the supermarket. It’s sold in the aisle with the powdered milk. Carnation is the malted milk powder brand I use :)

  39. I want to make this but only have chocolate flavored malt powder will that work?

    • Hi, Brenda :) I’ve never tried it with chocolate flavored malt powder so I cannot guarantee that it will turn out, but it sounds delicious and there’s no harm in trying!

  40. Way too much salt . All I could taste was salt . Next time half it !

    • Hi, Carolyn. I’m sorry it was too much salt for you. I think it’s perfect as is, but by all means, reduce the salt or use unsalted pretzels :) Would you believe I actually reduced the amount of salt in the directions of Julie’s recipe? lol

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