Pretzel Podcast

Michelle Maternowski

On a very special episode of The Pretzel Podcast, we speak with Dorothy "Dot" Henke of Velva, North Dakota, who turned a turned a likable recipe for seasoned pretzels into a booming national business, Dot's Homestyle Pretzels. Will Dot's Pretzels take over the universe? Will Dot's Pretzels advertise in next year's Super Bowl? Journey with us to find the compelling answers about these compelling pretzels...

Michelle Maternowski

The latest episode of the Pretzel Podcast is an international epic, as Mitch and Michelle talk with a German master pastry chef. She tells them about the German Pretzel Diploma program at an upcoming trade show in Germany, but also sparks an existential crisis that requires a philosopher to resolve. And on crunch time, they try pretzels made of spelt and cauliflower, and hopefully live to tell the tale.

Michelle Maternowski

On this episode of the Pretzel Podcast, Mitch and Michelle sample two more pretzel varieties Mitch came across on his summer travels, and listen to a Very Special Taste Test recorded on the road, featuring a possibly ill-advised fast food pretzel purchase.

Plus, our hosts check this week’s Pretzels in the News, only to find out they themselves are featured on Pretzels in the News. And what's the pretzel product the Center for Science in the Public Interest really hates?

Mitch Teich

It's a special edition of Le podcast des bretzels, Mitch and Michelle try two varieties of pretzels Mitch brought back from his week-long trip to France. Plus on Pretzels in the News, how support for a pretzel-maker is affecting the prospect for peace in the Middle East.

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Michelle Maternowski

Pretzels + Caramel + Podcasting = a very sticky episode of the Pretzel Podcast. Hosts Michelle and Mitch try several pretzel concoctions they recently encountered on their pretzel travels. And on Pretzels in the News, we learn about a pretzel festival lacking a key ingredient.

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Snappers

Hosts Michelle and Mitch head to Chicago for the Sweets and Snacks Expo, where they find a plethora of snacks - especially pretzels. That's where they meet Brad Smith, who tells his remarkable story of keeping a southern Indiana pretzel tradition alive.

Tell City Pretzels being hand twisted:

Michelle Maternowski

On the latest edition of the Pretzel Podcast, we learn about a yeast-based art exhibit on the East Coast, hear a dining critic's fondest pretzel memory, and Michelle and Mitch share their love for their favorite pretzels... so far.

Michelle Maternowski

Since 2013, a company now based on Milwaukee’s north side has become the go-to baker of authentic Bavarian soft pretzels. The Milwaukee Pretzel Company’s pretzels are found in numerous places - from bars and restaurants, to beer gardens and Bucks games. The company is the creation of husband and wife Matt and Katie Wessel, who fed their love of pretzels while living in Germany for a year.

On this very special National Pretzel Day, Pretzel Podcast hosts Mitch and Michelle take a field trip to the delicious smelling business to learn why things are going so well. 

Michelle Maternowski

For this episode of the Pretzel Podcast, Mitch and Michelle look back through the dusty recesses of their minds to recall some of their earliest pretzel memories - plus they put those pretzels to the Crunch Time taste test. And, sportswriter and guest pretzel memoirist Steve Rushin talks about the pretzel sticks and pretzel rods of his Minnesota childhood.

Michelle Maternowski

It's a very special episode of The Pretzel Podcast... Mitch and Michelle venture out of the studio to visit the Food Lab at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee. They meet food scientist and instructor Anne Vravick and ask her some very fundamental questions about pretzels. Plus, they brought along pretzels, some crisp Moldovan bread rings, and something called Twiglets to try.

Mitch Teich

Why have Mitch's Google pretzel alerts been going crazy for weeks? What is the "cheese-flavored" filling inside Combos? And is Michelle still addicted to the pretzels of her fond college memories? The answers to those questions WILL BE REVEALED on this very cheesy episode of The Pretzel Podcast.

Yvonne Wagner

On this special edition of the Pretzel Podcast, musician Trapper Schoepp helps hosts Michelle and Mitch count down the top pretzel songs of all-time, and then sticks around to sample two homegrown Wisconsin pretzels. Plus, we learn why pretzel-making is a dangerous business.

The Pretzel Song (Yum Yum, Pretzels) by The Hungry Food Band

Michelle Maternowski

On this very international episode of The Pretzel Podcast, hosts Michelle and Mitch try pretzels from Budapest, plus they put pretzel-like foods from two surprising countries to the test - but are they actually pretzels? And on Pretzels In the News, we'll hear about exciting times for two booming American pretzel-makers.

Michelle Maternowski

On a year-end holiday edition of The Pretzel Podcast, hosts Michelle Maternowski and Mitch Teich share the sad story of the end of a pretzel era in one Pennsylvania city, plus bring you up-to-date on the Utz Kerfuffle. Plus, we learn how Old Dutch Pretzels got their windmill and give some holiday-shaped pretzels a taste test.

Michelle Maternowski

In this, the pilot episode of The Pretzel Podcast, hosts Michelle Maternowski and Mitch Teich discuss why the world needs a show dedicated to pretzels. In the Pretzels in the News segment, they look at royal pretzel-making in Germany, and they put two staples of supermarket shelves - Snyder's of Hanover and Rold Gold - to the test.