Hot Pretzel Sticks Combinations

Make Your Mouth Water…

We love talking to our customers and hearing their stories. Many of them, especially the locals, become friends, and one of our regulars, Sarah, recently shared how much she loves our freshly baked, hand rolled soft pretzels.

“I often bring family members and friends to Hershey Farm. I know we’ll have great service and really good food. Of the many options, my favorite food is a Pennsylvania Dutch specialty: handmade soft pretzel sticks. The chefs work the dough, roll the pretzels and bake them in an oven behind the food line. These hot, fresh and delicious soft pretzels are so good that I combine them with many of the smorgasbord selections. Here are a few of my favorite combos.

Pretzels1. Dipped in Sauces

Although I appreciate eating plain, hot pretzel sticks right from the oven, I also enjoy dipping them in many of the smorgasbord sauces like:
• Melted cheese
Garlic, cinnamon or apple butter
Sweet bread icing
Chicken gravy
The sauce of any dish on the smorgasbord
(I’m looking at you, lasagna, Chicken Pot Pie & Chicken Monterey!)

2. Crouton and Breadstick Substitutes

Every salad needs a few tasty croutons on top or a breadstick on the side, and macaroni and cheese tastes better dished out with a side of freshly baked, hand rolled dough. I can think of no better solution than a pretzel stick. It’s hot, buttery and salty enough to complement every chef, Caesar or garden salad combination I put on my plate, too. Try one with any item (dessert too!) on the smorgasbord. You won’t regret it.

3. Soup Toppings

Hershey Farm prepares homemade soups from scratch every day. I anticipate guessing which flavors I’ll get to enjoy when I arrive for lunch or dinner, and I always taste at least one bowl. I also look forward to pulling the pretzel sticks (or cutting them, for those more civilized than I) into small pieces and tossing them on top of every bowl of soup I enjoy. I can say from experience that pretzel sticks make the perfect topping for vegetable soup, chili, corn chowder and noodle soup.

4. Smothered in Dessert

When I’m at Hershey Farm, I always leave room for whoopie pies and other scrumptious desserts. Hello, they’re baked in-house! Each tastes great on its own, but (if you haven’t noticed a theme here, I don’t know what to say) I love a hot pretzel stick smothered with pudding, jello and ice cream. I also dip pretzels in chocolate cake, apple crisp and cheesecake. What a delicious way to end a meal!”

Craving a soft pretzel? So are we! Don’t forget to look for Sarah around the hot pretzel sticks section of our smorgasbord!

 

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PA Dutch Smorgasbords: 6 Tips

The options on a PA Dutch Smorgasbord can be intimidating. Here are 6 tips for getting the most out of your meal.

1. Scope out the salad bar first for local freshness and potential topping for other dishes (shredded cheese, sour cream, etc.)

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2. Ask your server for their personal favorites and for regional favorites. Who knew that Lancaster County, Pa had its own take on chicken pot pie (noodles in the sauce, no crust) or was famous for its hand rolled soft pretzels?

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3. Sample the soups. All. Of.The. Soups. How often do you get the opportunity to try 4 different homemade soups at once? Remember tip number 1 and add any desired toppings to your bowl. Suggestion: red onion on top of chili.

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4. Try the regional dishes first, before you fill up on the classics. You may find a new favorite in the ham balls with sweet glaze or Amish filling.

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5. Indulge your cravings. With seemingly endless options in front of you, take the opportunity to get a bit creative. French fries and ice cream? Yes! Chicken nuggets on pizza? Go for it! Mac & Cheese on a baked potato? Yum! Fried chicken and homemade gravy? Great idea! You get where I am going with this.

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6. Save room for dessert. If you are lucky enough to find yourself at a smorgasbord that boasts its own Bakery (lucky you- you’re at Hershey Farm). Layered parfaits, apple crumb coffee cake, banana bread, ice creams, cookies, freshly baked cakes, cupcakes, and ice cream are just the beginning. If you do nothing else on this list, follow number 5.

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Bread and Butter. Seriously.

butter_jelly12At Hershey Farm we take our bread and butter seriously. Our light and fluffy honey wheat rolls, white rolls, and breads are baked fresh daily in our own bakery.  And if you like breads you’ll be excited to hear that our butter isn’t just an afterthought. In addition to Lancaster County, Pa classics like homemade apple butter and sweet vanilla icing (for that raisin bread ,of course), Hershey Farm takes real butter and whips it with cinnamon and sugar or garlic and chives for some truly memorable spreads.
Not in the area? Here is how you can share a little Hershey Farm charm at your next meal.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Butter

In a food processor, blend one stick (4oz.) of room temperature salted butter with the following ingredients for a unique take on one of the seasons bests tastes!

1bsp. canned pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1tbsp. light brown sugar (packed)
½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice

 

 

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Whoopie Pie Pam

Whoopie-Pie-Pam_transparentThe annual Whoopie Pie Festival keeps getting better and better! For the 2014 Festival on Saturday, September 6, 2014 we are excited to announce that Whoopie Pie Pam of Whoopie Pie Place will be attending.

Several of your favorite best-selling Amish Fiction authors including Sarah Price, Elizabeth Byler Younts, Kelly Long, and non-fiction author Marlene Miller will be attending the Festival with Whoopie Pie Pam.

Visit the Whoopie Pie Place tent at the Whoopie Pie Festival to chat with the authors, purchase books and receive autographs.

Yet another reason to not to miss the Most Delicious Day in Lancaster County!

 

 

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Bridges for Boobies!

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Hershey Farm is proud to be a part of the 1st Bridges for Boobies event happening at Strasburg’s own Strasburg Scooters on October 1, 2013 only.

In addition to the guided tour through the back roads of Lancaster County Bridges for Boobies Tour riders will receive a gift bag valued at over $100, including a limited edition pink Breast Cancer Awareness Strasburg Scooters t-shirt.

Strasburg Scooter’s is holding this special event to make a difference for the almost 1 in 8 women in the U.S. alone who will develop invasive breast cancer in the course of their life. This is a one-day event to support breast cancer awareness. All proceeds from the tours on October 1, 2013 will be donated to breast cancer charities.

Book your tour today!

 

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2013 Whoopie Pie Festival

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The 2013 Whoopie Pie Festival is just a few weeks away and we’re already drooling over some of the whoopie pie flavors that are scheduled to be available.

Coconut-coconut:

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Strawberry Creme:

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Chocolate Chunk:

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Just to name a few. We hope to see you at this year’s Whoopie Pie Festival! Held September 7, 2013 from 11:00am-4:00pm right in our backyard!

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Whoopie Pie of the Month- July

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We are in the heart of summer. Summer means days by the pool, family picnics and roasting marshmallows by the campfire.

Summer at the Bakery at Hershey Farm means S’more whoopie pies! July’s feature  whoopie pie flavor of the month is S’mores. Our S’more whoopie pie combines a thick graham cracker cake and sweet chocolate drizzle sandwich with whipped marshmallow filling.

We think it is perfect. With or without the fire!

Oh and just so you know the whoopie pies from the Bakery at Hershey Farm have been voted Lancaster’s #1 whoopie pie after a blind taste test held by the Lancaster Newspaper, Intelligencer Journal. Learn more about how we earned the honor of Lancaster’s #1 whoopie pie. 

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