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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Auntie Anne’s

By Lana Kisner | November 6, 2023

Auntie Anne’s has been making delicious pretzels since 1988, winning the hearts of many people at shopping malls and airports. What started as an effort to give back to the community turned into the largest soft-baked pretzel franchise. If you’re like me and pretzels speak your snacking love language, here are nine things you should know about Auntie Anne’s.

1. Auntie Anne’s Is the Most Popular Pretzel Chain in America

Auntie Anne’s is best known for its freshly baked soft pretzels. What makes their pretzels so good is that they’re made fresh when you order them. Their soft pretzels come in eight different flavors, and there are also a variety of Pretzel Nuggets and Pretzel Dogs on the menu.

Just before your pretzel goes into the oven, it’s brushed with hot water and baking soda solution to create that signature crust. It’s glazed with butter after baking for that delicious flavor we all know and love!

2. Auntie Anne’s Menu Includes Pretzels, Drinks, and Dips

Auntie Anne’s menu has Soft Pretzels, Pretzel Nuggets, Pretzel Dogs, and a selection of dips and drinks for a complete snack experience. They even offer suggestions for the ideal dip combinations with each pretzel. 

If you need to feed a hungry group, their Pretzel Buckets and Snack Packs come pretty handy at affordable prices.

When it comes to drinks, their Original Lemonade is a fan favorite, but you can also order Lemonade Mixers and Frozen Lemonade.

3. Their Original Pretzel Is What Started It All

Auntie Anne’s Original Pretzel is where the franchise began. The idea started when the founder, Anne F. Beiler, baked pretzels to sell at a local farmer’s market.

In an effort to help fund her husband’s dream of providing free family counseling services, “Auntie” Anne developed the perfect pretzel recipe and accidentally stumbled into the beginning of what would become the largest soft pretzel franchise in the US.

To this day, their Original Soft Pretzels are still made with only five ingredients but can be topped with your favorite flavor.

4. The Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Pretzel Entices All Senses

The fresh-baked smell of Auntie Anne’s pretzel is already irresistible, but what happens when you add roasted garlic and parmesan cheese?

Well, you get the Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Pretzel, a savory snack that entices your nose as much as your taste buds. Pair it with the Marinara Dip and a cold Coca-Cola for the ultimate lunchtime experience!

5. Auntie Anne’s is “the Pretzel Place” in Shopping Malls

Although it wasn’t initially intended for shopping malls, that’s primarily where Auntie Anne’s locations opened after the chain was founded over 30 years ago. Foot traffic was a desirable aspect for business, and malls were a great place for it. You can also find them at many airports, which are ideal for foot traffic and snacking.

6. Auntie Anne’s Frozen Pretzels Let You Get Your Pretzel Fix at Home

When you’re craving a pretzel from Auntie Anne’s but can’t make it to one of their locations, you can rely on their frozen pretzels. Most grocery stores carry them in the frozen foods aisle.

They’re pretty easy to cook in a conventional oven or a microwave. When the pretzels are cooking, heat the frozen butter that comes in each packet and brush it on your pretzel, and sprinkle some salt – that’s it!

7. For a Freshly Baked Auntie Anne’s Pretzel, Look No Further Than Your Local Walmart

Although Walmart doesn’t carry Auntie Anne’s frozen pretzels, some of their stores have an Auntie Anne’s restaurant inside that serves fresh pretzels. So craving a pretzel while grocery shopping? No problem!

8. To Make Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Vegan, Just Hold the Butter!

While Auntie Anne’s believes in the delicious finish of a butter glaze on a hot pretzel, you can make yours vegan by ordering it without butter. The rest of the ingredients are all vegan-friendly.

9. Celebrate National Pretzel Day With a Free Pretzel From Auntie Anne’s

In case you haven’t heard of National Pretzel Day, it’s on April 26, and Auntie Anne’s is where you’ll want to go to get a free pretzel. All you have to do is be a Pretzel Perks app user to receive a free Original or Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel.

About the Author

Lana Kisner is a writer on the team with more than 15 years of experience in the food service industry. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants, listening to live music, and hiking with her dog.