SMORGASBORD: Prackers . . . cretzels? . . . Pretzel M&Ms. Oh, nuts . . . Beans on the BankThe battle for snack superiority is over. Crackers and pretzels can put down their arms, thanks to a peaceful, tasty treaty found in Ritz Munchables.
By: Herald Staff and Wire Reports,
Prackers … cretzels?
The battle for snack superiority is over. Crackers and pretzels can put down their arms, thanks to a peaceful, tasty treaty found in Ritz Munchables. The union consists of a crisp pretzel on the outside and a buttery cracker on the inside, and it’s just the kind of hybrid we’ll be looking to pair with spreads and cheeses.
A 12.25-ounce box sells for about $4.50.
You probably haven’t missed the advertising blitz for new pretzel M&M’s.
The individual candies are bigger than regular M&M’s and are spherical, so they resemble peanut M&M’s in appearance. The pretzel part is surrounded by a chocolaty layer. (There’s the potential of an Oreo-splitting experience here in gnawing away the coating and then eating the pretzel.)
A one-serving bag weighs only 1.14 ounce, compared with the 1.69-ounce bag of regular (milk chocolate) M&M’s. There’s lots of pretzel involved, and pretzels don’t have lots of fat or calories, so the one-bag serving of pretzel M&M’s has 150 calories and 5 grams of fat (but 150 milligrams of sodium), compared with the half-again-larger bag of regular M&M’s, with 10 grams of fat, 240 calories (and just 30 milligrams of sodium).
Preztel M&Ms cost 79 cents for a 1.14-ounce bag at supermarkets nationwide.
Perk up that bowl of party nuts with Planters’ Flavor Grove collection of skinless almonds and cashews in flavors such as Chili Lime, Sea Salt and Chipotle. Bar owners, take note: One taste tester proclaimed a sudden need for a cold beer. Another taster said the nuts were hard to stop eating — and the natural ingredient list makes that a delicious problem.
The 6-ounce bags are available in supermarkets nationwide for about $5.
Beans on the Bank
The 11th annual Beans on the Bank Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals group, will take place during the 23rd annual Cats Incredible fishing tournament and community festival July 31 on the Greenway in East Grand Forks.
Team entry is $30, but the first 20 teams will receive a $20 Hugo’s gift certificate. Prizes are $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. There also will be prizes for Best Showmanship and People’s Choice.
Registration forms can be found at area Hugo’s locations and online at www.ggfyp.com or the GGFYP Facebook page Beans on the Bank.