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A little bit sweet and a little bit spicy, these Sweet & Spicy Pretzels are the perfect snack or party food!

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Things I didn’t know until last week:

  1. My backyard hose has a leak.
  2. A pool should take 12-24 hours to fill.
  3. Running water for over 24 hours will either (a) drive you insane (b) be really loud, louder than you’d think it would be, (c) cause you to dream about overflowing pools or (d) all of the above.
  4. Our pool took over 30 hours to fill. See #1.
  5. The pool company who starts the hose won’t check for leaks. You really should do that before 24 hours are up.
  6. I’m going to need to get a lot of pageviews to pay the water bill next month.

Things I did know before last week: these sweet & spicy pretzels are good. They’re good for an afternoon snack because regular pretzels are booooring. Also? They’re great for a party. I think there is a big game on this weekend? Or something?

Sweet and Spicy Pretzels

When I came up with these pretzels I was in the middle of eating boring, plain pretzels. I wanted the pretzels to be not boring. Then I remembered these nuts which reminded me of the sweet & spicy walnuts I always used to make at Christmas, BFB (before food blogging, as in when I made something more than once).

Those walnuts were tossed in maple syrup and then coated in a sugar and spices to make a sweet nut with a little heat. I wondered if I could do it with pretzels. Guess what? You can!

This is a super easy recipe. Let’s talk about it:

  • I used Sourdough Nibblers because I wanted something smaller and more compact than a traditional pretzel. You could use regular mini twists or sticks, or even those little pretzel balls they make now.
  • To replicate the walnut recipe, I heated up the pretzels before stirring them in maple syrup. You just warm them up in the oven for a few minutes, until they’re hot. This makes tossing them in the syrup easier.
  • The spice mixture has sugar and several spices, including cayenne pepper. I gave a range (1/4-1/2 teaspoon) in the recipe. I used 1/2 teaspoon and there was a major kick to the pretzels. If you like less spicy, add less.
  • Once they cool, the spice coating hardens, so you can pile them in a bowl and munch on them as the day goes by.

I kind of like how the nibblers look like little footballs. Perfect for the big game, ahem. And those won’t be deflated when the game starts. (Oh, snap, I went there.)

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Is  it me or does looking at that bowl make you want either a diet coke or a beer?

Nom nom nom!

Sweet and Spicy Pretzels in a blue bowl

Sweet & Spicy Pretzels

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The perfect snack for parties, afternoon munchies, or gifts! Pretzels are coated with maple syrup and a spicy sweet cinnamon mixture. It's addicting!
Yield 4 cups


  • 4 cups pretzel nibblers small pretzel bites, see note
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper see note
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat. Place pretzels on the cookie sheet.
  • Mix sugar and all spices in a small bowl. Place maple syrup in a large bowl.
  • Bake the pretzels for about 3-5 minutes, until they’re hot to the touch. Pour the pretzels in the large bowl of maple syrup, toss to coat. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the top and stir to coat. Turn out the pretzels on the cookie sheet and let cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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Last Updated on August 21, 2018

Dorothy Kern

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  1. Oooo. I need a handful or two of these pretzels. I have a thing for sweet and spicy.  I have to give this recipe a try especially since it looks pretty easy to put together. 😀

  2. oh yes!! I do need a coke right now, will be perfect with these pretzel bites! delicious pictures, Dorothy! pinned!

  3. Mmm I bet I would love these! So much. Better than plain ol pretzels 😉 and so sorry about your hose/pool!

  4. What is it about a snow storm that makes me want to snack all day long. I wish I had a bowl of these in front of me. And I would be OK with eating the whole thing!

  5. Eeks, sorry to hear about the pool and leaky  hose.  Love these pretzels though. They look amazing and I love the sweet and spicy combo! 

  6. High water bills are a bummer!  We got a letter recently from our power company, complete with graphs, pointing out that our power bills are higher than our neighbors’  during the summer.  And we are the only ones with a pool.  You would think they know that.

  7. Those sound absolutely fantastic!  I love sweet and spicy combos, especially when combined with pretzels.  Definitely making these soon!

  8. I love honey mustard pretzels but never get them because I would probably polish off the bag quicker than anyone should. Apparently I’m throwing caution to the wind because I need to pin these to make sometime soon! Love sweet and spicy combinations!