Heat up St. Patrick’s Day with Ghost Pepper Salted Guinness Pretzels

Guinness Pretzels, homemade pretzels, beer pretzels

St. Patrick’s Day – what does it mean to you? Are you beyond the green beer?  Cupcakes smothered in green frosting and candy sprinkles not your thing? Well, I think I may have something tasty for you lads and lassies. What goes better with beer, not that 3.2 stuff with green dye served in plastic cups, but real Irish beer like Guinness? Pretzels, of course, and not just on St. Paddy’s! These are some special pretzels with cup o’ Guinness in the dough and some hot sprinkles that will get your lips a tinglin’! Not for the faint of palate or heat intolerant (Ghost peppers have a higher Scoville rating than Habaneros), these chewy, soft pretzel twists are dusted with Ghost Pepper Salt, a special blend from Savory Spice Shop.

Guinness Pretzels, homemade pretzels, beer pretzels

I’ve never made pretzels, which explains why I was unfamiliar with the method of boiling the dough pretzels prior to baking them. I made one boo-boo in the directions and added the baking soda to the flour because that’s what I was used to doing in a baking situation – so take note: the baking soda is added to the water in which you boil the dough, not to the flour! I thought this very strange and wondered what exactly is the purpose of this. Google sources say that boiling the pretzels in water helps create the chewy texture we associate with soft pretzels. Adding baking soda to the water gives the surface of the pretzels a shiny appearance, helps with browning and intensifies the flavor. Fortunately, the egg wash gave my funny looking pretzels an appealing sheen, so no harm was done.

It was fun playing around with the dough, rolling it out with my hands and, then, dangling the “ropes” in the air to make them longer – it would have been more fun with friends, sort of an everyone make your own crazy pretzel party. With no cutting involved, it’s also a perfect “kids in the kitchen” recipe – they would definitely enjoy making their own pretzels, whether they’re shaped like doughnuts, bagels, twists, or squiggly snakes. If you’re concerned about the alcohol content – I also double-checked online and confirmed that even in baking, alcohol evaporates and is safe for preachers, pregnant women, children, and tee-totalers. The main thing to remember is, whatever pretzels are meant for children, you will want to sprinkle them with sesame or poppy seeds, turbinado sugar, or wait and decorate them with green pixie dust in lieu of the Ghost Pepper Salt ♥♥

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Guinness Pretzels, homemade pretzels, beer pretzels



Guinness Pretzels, homemade pretzels, beer pretzels

To buy this unique Ghost Pepper Salt, visit Savory Spice Shop. Whether you’re a gourmand or just dabble in cooking, they offer a wide range of high-quality herbs, spices, and seasonings at a fair price in customer-friendly quantities. I love this store because you can buy little packets that allow you to try all kinds of new spices, rubs, etc.

In Orange County there are two Savory Spice Shop locations:

928 Avocado Ave  Newport Beach, CA 92660, (949) 717-7776    OR

OC Mart Mix at SoCo Collection in Costa Mesa: 3303 Hyland Ave  Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(949) 760-9150

Or look online for a location near you! 

6 Responses to “Heat up St. Patrick’s Day with Ghost Pepper Salted Guinness Pretzels”

  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 12 at 8:50 am #

    I’ve never made pretzels either, but yours look so tasty!

  2. RavieNomNoms March 12 at 11:37 am #

    Oooo look at those beauties!! They look so delicious!

  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes March 13 at 3:53 am #

    These pretzels look delicious!

  4. Gina March 14 at 10:08 am #

    I want that Ghost Pepper Salt. Bring on the heat. These sound so good, I hope you don’t mind I just grabbed the recipe for my post. Even though I’ve seen 500 green cupcakes this week, I never tire of them, lol. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

    • Priscilla March 14 at 2:24 pm #

      Hi Gina! Don’t mind at all – thanks for including me! I’ll come check out all your green sweets :) Happy St. Patty’s Day to you!

  5. Nancy@acommunaltable March 15 at 3:53 pm #

    I cannot wait to try making these Priscilla! And I love roaming around Savory Spice Shop – I always find something new and fun to try out!!

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