Friday, November 9, 2018

Sweet Red Hot Pretzel Snacks: Secret Subject Swap

Welcome a Secret Subject Swap. This month 9 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. Read through mine and at the bottom you’ll find links to all of today’s other Secret Subject participants.

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My subject is: What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish and how do you make it?
It was submitted by: Rena of The Blogging 911.

"She cheated", you're thinking. "She chooses who gets what prompt and she chose this one, fits right into how she blogs".

Well, you'd be wrong. The way I assign prompts is way more involved than just choosing whatever I want. If you want to know how it's done, I'll be happy to let you know but I don't think I'll bore everyone with the whole routine here. 

And, honestly, this is a tough prompt for me. I've been blogging for more than a few years at this point. All of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes have pretty much been posted at this point. I've even done a recipe round up, Thirty Thanksgiving Recipes from Start to Leftovers. If you're looking for new holiday recipes to try, check out that one, bet you find something you like.

So coming up with a favorite Thanksgiving dish for this seemingly made-to-order (pun intended) subject and have it be something new for my readers really made me sit down and give it some thought. And as I worked it through in my mind, I came up with both a favorite recipe for today, and one for Monday's Blog With Friends post as well. Holiday recipes that are and yet are not Thanksgiving foods. Let me step back a minute and tell you about where I'm coming at this from. 

Quite simply, I'm coming at this from the point of view of the shopper, prepper (yes, I know that's not a word, sue me) and chef. Truth is, a lot of Thanksgiving is work. Don't get me wrong, I love the holiday, we light a fire in the fireplace, have cocktails and leisurely graze on snacks in the afternoon, then the piece-de-resistance, the big Thanksgiving dinner (and dessert, don't forget dessert) in the evening. Before all that I've made lists and shopped and prepped the food and, of course, cooked it all. 

So what is one of my favorite recipes and why? It's the afternoon snacks. The part of the day when we're sitting in front of the fire with football on the TV. The turkey is in the oven but it's too early to start coordinating the rest of the dishes. We're all old enough to drink in my house so we are each sipping our cocktail of choice, snacks are set out around the room and on the kitchen counter so everyone is helping themselves to whatever they want. This is the time of the day that is a respite for me, a lull, a time when I can relax, join in, be part of the group.

And I love it! No, that's not the cocktail talking. Well, maybe partially, but even afterwards when I look back on the day, the family time, the success of the meal, this is the time of the day that makes me smile the most.

So the recipe I'm sharing today isn't technically a Thanksgiving recipe. I make it this time of year, but other times as well. My family happens to love hot and spicy food so this snack was developed with them in mind, and with love. The love of a family, a season, a thankful chef. 

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Sweet Red Hot Pretzel Snacks

BTW, on Monday my Blog With Friends group will be posting projects based on a theme. The theme this month is Family Gathering. I'll be sharing another recipe that, like today's sort of is and sort of is not a Thanksgiving recipe.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

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Sweet Red Hot Pretzel Snacks

Printable Recipe

1# bag of pretzels
8 oz Red Hots (about 1 1/4 cups)
1 TBSP butter
1/4 cup maple syrup

*Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
*Place the pretzels in a large bowl and set aside.
*In a saucepan, heat the red hots, butter and maple syrup over medium low heat, stirring, until the candy melts completely.
*Remove from heat and immediately pour over the pretzels. Mix well.
*Spread the pretzels out on the baking sheet. Refrigerate for one hour or until they harden. Store in an airtight container.


  1. This looks delicious, and spicy foods are not my friends! :-( Maybe there is a mildly spicy or non-spicy version? I Love delicious snacks that I can make all year long AND on special occasions.

    1. We do like the spicy with the sweet, you may just need to play with this a bit to find a substitution that works for you. Let me know if you do.

  2. There are a few members of my family who would LOVE this. Sharing . . .

  3. I love the snackies! We always eat too much cheese before dinner....but I have no regrets!

    1. No, no regrets, that's part of the fun of holiday time.

  4. Darrell loves pretzels and red hots so if he sees this,shhh, he will want me to make them.

    1. I love pretzels. But my stomach would never forgive me for the red hots. On the other hand, maybe my son would love this. Hmmm. Pinned just in case. Alana

    2. We love pretzels too, that's what led to me working on this recipe.

  5. What is your Favorite thanksgiving dish! Wow, what a great question. I love green bean casserole with French's crispy fried onions on top. Pumpkin pie from Costco.

    1. I love hearing about everyone's favorites. They are so often something their moms made.

  6. If I could just eat snacks every day for the rest of my life, I'd be very happy! And fat!!

  7. Third time's a charm...
    I like the importance given to cocktails and snacks. If it were for me, I'd even consider skipping the whole Turkey business and go straight from Happy Hour to Dessert ;-)

  8. Okay, a couple of things first off I believe I have finally seen it all. I would love to see how your brain works! Red hots pretzels?!? You're either crazy or a genius (I'll reserve judgement haha) and yes actually I'm intrigued at your process for assigning prompts (not that I think you would cheat in a bazillion years) but see one above how your brain works and knowing your organizational skills I bet it is a real process! Do tell!

    1. About the pretzels, I think you're not alone in thinking I'm crazy or a genius, although most people are fairly certain I lean towards crazy.
      Assigning prompts is a LONG process and it's changed over the years. I start with listing who got what from whom (Subject Swap AND Use Your Words) in the last 2 months. Then for each prompt I search for someone who hasn't received one from that person in the last month. Once I do then I then make sure every prompt is used, then I make sure no one gets a prompt from the same person who gets theirs (if so, I move them around and again make sure each prompt is being used, no one has one from someone they got one from last month and no one has one from the same person who got theirs). This moving and starting again can happen a number of times until I'm finally happy how it's all worked out. It can be exhausting.


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