Review: Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz & NAKED DATING. ON TV. (Other News…)

Junk Food Nation, FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY!  If anyone needs me, I’ll be watching the USA v. Canada hockey game at noon.  Let’s get to some news.

1. Discovery Channel had a hit on their hands with Naked and Afraid, the naked survivalist show (putting surfer Alison Teal at the top of my list).  And my buddy Mike loves The Bachelor, for which I make fun of him when I can, but which also has been a ratings-megastar for ABC.  So it only makes sense that to get a HUGE HIT, you COMBINE THE TWO into NAKED DATING!  At least, that’s what VHS hopes it’ll be.

Naked Dating is coming.  Oh yes, this is no joke – unscripted episodes of a man and woman going on dates with other men and women.  My thoughts: #1, where the heck was this when I was 14 years old *cough*, #2, this show is going on VH1???  I can’t even begin to GUESS where VH1 is on my channels. Do I even GET VH1??  Does ANYONE get VH1 anymore????  And finally, #3, I can’t wait until the next Naked TV show; hopefully combining nudity with Storage Wars.  Nude bidding on private storage spaces? Now THAT’S hot.

2. The US Women’s Hockey Olympic Team lost in the gold medal game yesterday in devastating fashion. They were up 2-0 with seven minutes left, and Canada tied it to send the game into overtime, and then scored the game winner in OT to take the Gold.  Heartbreaking.

In case you didn’t watch, however, you may have missed how CLOSE US came to going up 3-0 when Canada yanked their goalie to put six scorers on the ice in the final minutes.  Off a random rebound, the US knocked a puck towards the Canadian goal, and this happened:

DOINK!  That goal WOULD’VE put the US up 3-0, and sealed it.  But alas, didn’t happen, and the rest is history.  But INCHES AWAY from Gold.  UGH.  Silver is nothing to sneeze at, nonetheless, and I’m proud of the US women’s team.

3. For NFL nerds everywhere, THE NFL COMBINE IS HERE.  A few straight days of watching huge dudes run, jump, and get weighed – IT’S ALL SO EXCITING. Day 1 was measurement day, and it was one of those days when I sat back and thought, “GOOD LORD BEHEMOTHS LIKE THIS EXIST??? AND HOW DOES ONE GET THEM ALL ON THE BUFFALO BILLS??”

One prospect, Cyrus Kouandjio, measured at 6-foot-6, 322 pounds with 35 and 5/8 inch arms.  Wait, what? EACH ARM is almost a YARD LONG? I am officially frightened.  Somebody get him in Buffalo Blue.

4. HEY MY FRIEND BORIS WROTE A BOOK!  Go here and buy it.  He’s sort of an amazingly talented writer.

Today’s junk food: Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz!

Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz

Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz: The Money Shot

Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz were shipped to me by my friends at Snyder’s, but I found these in stores everywhere. And I was STOKED for them. “Pretzels shaped as spoons?” you smirk skeptically? To which I respond: “THEY ARE PRETZELS SHAPED LIKE SPOONS.  OR, SPOONZ.”  Let’s think about this…

Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz

Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz: ZORRO

Putting aside the spelling of “spoons” in these Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz, I was STOKED because to me the best part of pretzels is dipping them into other things!  Mustard. Peanut butter. Cheese.  I’ve done this for years, it only makes SENSE to have SOME company make them…

Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz

Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz: Perfect shape

Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz

Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz: UM DUH

And to dip these Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz into ice cream too? Genius. I mean, they look exactly like those wooden spoons we all used to get with those no-name paper cartons of vanilla ice cream.

Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz

Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz: 120 per serving

Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz

Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz: simple ingredients

Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz

Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz: Flat and crispy

Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz

Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz: SALTED

These Spoonz tasted just as you’d expect them too – nice and crispy, as the shape provides for a perfect snap across the center of the spoon. Obviously, the outside shell had a nice saltiness to it due to the thick coarse salt, and there was that familiar toasted slightly bitter outside-of-a-pretzel taste.

But how do these Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz taste when dipped?  Well…

Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz

Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz: Dip De Dip De Dip

I dipped these Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz into the Edy’s ice cream I reviewed earlier this week, and I must say, it is in this application that these Spoonz shine. They really do work as perfect serving vessels for ice cream, and I can only guess, dips.  The saltiness of the pretzel complemented the cold and sweetness of the ice cream perfectly, creating a wonderful sweet/salty combo in my mouth.  I can’t wait to just dip these pretzel spoonz into some Nutella. AMAZING.

So, yes, all in all – these taste like regular damn pretzels, but I appreciate the innovation by Snyder’s.  We needed a dipping pretzel, and this is the one I will buy from now on.

PURCHASED AT: Mailed to me, but I could get them at Harris Teeter.

COST: Regular Price, $3.69, but with a sale plus coupon, I’ve seen it for $1.50 a bag. 

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Discuss - 14 Comments

  1. MP says:

    I dip my pretzel rods into (usually) homemade nacho cheese & also extra sharp cheddar cheese spread like Merkt’s or Kaukauna. The latter is also excellent for patty melts. Also, Combos are one of my favorite snacks.

  2. janmcbaker says:

    Wow, what a great idea! Pretzels and ice cream have been a favorite combo for me for years but the mind reels at the possible dipping options for these ‘spoonz’. For somed reason even more so than with ‘normal’ pretzels. It must be because the shape makes it sooo inviting to dip. Good job Snyders! Can’t wait to try them. I wonder if Wawa carries them….

  3. Sarah says:

    I could eat a whole bag of these with Bison Chip Dip….a buffalo thing. Ice cream, now that is genius. I bet the Scothy scoth scoth would be a great choice! Two hours ahead of EST….frantically looking for the game on Chilean TV!

  4. Devin says:

    Not sure that The Bachelor would be considered a ratings megastar. It gets decent ratings, but it’s not like it even wins its timeslot or anything. The secret to the show’s longevity lies more in it being cheap to produce. All they need are some cameras, gallons of wine and people who are willing to sell their dignity to be on TV.

    Yeah, I’m obviously not a fan of the show. That being said, I might check out that naked dating show. It can’t be any more ridiculous than that naked real estate show.

  5. Dave says:

    Just so you know, it was 2-1 at the time of that shot hitting the post.

  6. Danielle Coffroad says:

    I dip them in humus, last was night I dipped them in butterscotch ripple ice cream Yummy.

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