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Sarah's love of food led her down what she calls "the culinary rabbit hole," leaving her management job to first apprentice on an organic vegetable farm and then to write about and photograph food professionally. Her agricultural backgro...

A pretzel twist!

Pretzels are a lunch box staple in our household. Here's how we keep them interesting!

A pretzel twist!

Pretzels are a great lunch snack in their own right — salty, crunchy and conveniently bite-sized, but after a while they can start to get boring. Luckily, they are also a wonderful vehicle for toppings and dips, pairing well with both sweet and savory additions.

Here are some of our "twists" on snack pretzels

A pretzel twist!

Chocolate-dipped — Use white, milk or dark chocolate to achieve that addictive salty-sweet combination. Doing a half-dipped pretzel is easier and uses up less chocolate: Simply melt 5 ounces of chocolate in 30-second bursts in the microwave or over a double-boiler, and then dip pretzels halfway. Chill in the fridge to set faster. Add sprinkles for even more fun!

Frosting-dunked — If I'm making a birthday cake, I reserve a couple tablespoons of frosting to include in the birthday boy's or girl's lunch for pretzel-dunking. Again, it's that sweet and salty contrast everyone loves. (And you can add sprinkles again — just sayin'!)

Sandwiched with peanut butter — Add a teaspoon of peanut butter for a simple peanut butter and pretzel sandwich, or add a smearing of jelly for a pretzel PB&J.

With hummus — Sandwiched or on the side for dipping.

Sour cream and onion — Mix 1/4 cup cream cheese with a tablespoon of chopped, fresh chives to sandwich between two pretzels or serve alongside as a dip. They will taste just like sour cream and onion chips!

A pretzel twist!

A pretzel twist!

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