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National Pretzel Day: Five Creative Ways to transform Southwest’s Pretzels and Celebrate the Day

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In February, Southwest Customer Gretchen posted a photo on Instagram sharing how she gave the Southwest pretzels that she saved from a recent flight a “second chance at love.” Her chocolate covered pretzels post inspired us to take our inflight snack offering off the plane and into the kitchen. In the spirit of National Pretzel Day, below are a few of our favorite pretzel recipes to test out with Southwest pretzels after your next flight.


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Discretion: Please don’t attempt to create these recipes on your flight. Your neighbor may not want their tray table used as a microwave stand and we don’t want to make other Passengers jealous.


Rolo/M&M Pretzel

We love this recipe because it’s a classic and easy to make with very few ingredients. You can never go wrong with caramel and chocolate.



  • 1 bag of Southwest pretzels
  • 1 small bag of chocolate caramel candies (i.e. Rolos)
  • Milk Chocolate M&Ms (as many as you’d like)


Place chocolate caramel candies on top of each pretzel on a microwave safe plate. Place in the microwave and set for 20-30 seconds, watching to make sure they don’t melt too much. Once partially melted, press the M&Ms into the chocolate, let cool, and enjoy!



Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Anything chocolate covered has our attention. This recipe has ingredients you probably already have at home, plus it’s easy to make!



  • 1 bag of Southwest pretzels
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. butter


Melt butter for 30-45 seconds in a small microwavable bowl. Pour butter over chocolate chips, microwave for one minute, stir, and place back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Take each pretzel and dip it into the chocolate then place on wax paper. Once all pretzels are dipped, either place in the freezer to cool or eat them on the spot.



Taco Snack Mix

Here’s a great recipe for those who don’t have a sweet tooth. It may only have five ingredients, but this one has Texas-sized flavor



  • 1 bag of Southwest pretzels
  • ¼ cup Chex cereal (wheat)
  • ¼ cup Chex cereal (rice)
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • Sprinkle of taco seasoning


Mix both cereals and Southwest pretzels and set aside. Melt butter for 30-45 seconds in the microwave then stir in seasoning. Pour over the cereal mix and toss to coat evenly.



Salty and Sweet Popcorn Snack Mix

For the perfect combination of salty and sweet, look no further. This snack is great for those seeking some variety and something on the healthier side.



  • 1 bag of Southwest pretzels
  • 2 cups popcorn
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • 1 bag (69 oz.) of Milk Chocolate M&Ms


Mix ingredients together and then eat up!



Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

These sweet treats are an airport and mall delicacy so why not make it an at-home delicacy too?



1 bag of Southwest pretzels

½ tsp. canola oil

¼ tsp. cane sugar

Pinch of ground cinnamon

Splash of vanilla extract



Mix the oil, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Once well combined, pour over the pretzels. When the pretzels are completely covered, put them in the microwave for two minutes. Let cool, take out, stir, and put them in the microwave again. Once all the oil has been absorbed, then your pretzels are ready to be enjoyed.  



The next time you hop on a Southwest flight, save your pretzels to try out one of our recipes or even create your own and share it with us using #SouthwestAir and #SWApic. Pretzels are just one of the many offerings we provide complimentary on our flights. At Southwest, we love providing our Customers with drinks to sip on, movies and TV shows to watch, Southwest: The Magazine to read, and snacks to, well, snack on.