Appalachia Overheard




“I didn’t know you liked pretzels.”

“Yeah I like them. How could you not they’re salty sticks.”



Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

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    April 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Dipped in Chocolate ? I’m your Man, or Mustard.

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    Sue Crane
    April 22, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Makes sense to me!

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    Bill Burnett
    April 22, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Best dipped in Mustard (Brown preferred).

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    April 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    When I lived and worked in Atlanta, as soon as she got about 2 years old, on the weekends we’d eat Pretzels and dopes. I taught her to like the Jets and Joe Namath. One day as the Jets were about to score, me and her was crammin’ those Pretzels like they were going out of style, she started gaging and threw up a wad of what looked like whole Pretzels. Guess she was trying to keep up with her daddy.ha
    Everyone made me feel better about my brother dieing late Thursday night. Thanks so much, it did
    help. …Ken

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    Ed Ammons
    April 22, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I never saw or heard tell of pretzels til I was gettin on up. All the salty snacks we ever had when we was just little was popcorn and peanuts. I guess I was in 6th or 7th grade when somebody had some pretzel sticks. I thought they looked like birch twigs, bark and all. Like toothbrushes? I tried one and thought “now that will break tooth if you ain’t careful.”
    When I was up in my 30s or 40s I took a spell where I carried them little Rolled Gold cheese pretzels to work with me. I’d buy them in the biggest bag and carry them in a little plastic bowl. If I took the whole bag, I’d likely eat the whole thing at one time. After that I got hooked on 3-D Doritos and quit pretzels altogether. Course my 3-D Doritos have gone extinct now and that’s a shame, a crying shame.
    Nowdays I might eat a pretzel around Christmas if somebody has some dipped in chocolate or white almond bark. Other than that I don’t even think about pretzels no more.

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    Wanda Devers
    April 22, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Dipped in chocolate!! And the peanut butter filled pretzel nuggets are addictive. I love alternating salt and sweet–used to eat popcorn with a Hershey bar.

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    April 22, 2017 at 10:52 am

    A smattering of salt and a good crunch!

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    b. Ruth
    April 22, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I prefer the “looped” pretzels. Don’t know why, except it must feed the “loopy molecule” in my brain that pops up occasionally!”
    However, my very favorite, the only pretzels that I eat now in my old age…is those special made ones from the big box store…They take a “loopy” pretzel dough, and “mash the dickens” out of it, in other words it is cooked “flatter than a fritter” , salted, then they dip the whole thang in Dark Chocolate…It looks like a very thin dark chocolate pretzel cookie!
    The mixture of “salt n’ sweet n’ chocolate” about drives my taste buds to bloom! I can’t eat but a couple or three or they begin be too much of a good thing and I guess for me it is a good thing…
    Back in the day, a group of friends, a bowl of “loopy” pretzels and coke was a fun thing and I always ate too many for sure!
    Thanks Tipper for this post…
    PS…At the holidays, I have dipped the ends of those big pretzels in chocolate, when fixing a snack tray for a party.
    PS….Someone above East Tennessee left the rain spigots on and our gardens are getting soaked!

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    Ron Stephens
    April 22, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I went to 6th grade in Cinncinati and the thing to do was to have pretzels for snack. I fell in with everybody else but that one year is about it for me and pretzels. If they are around I’ll eat a few but don’t know as I ever have since wanted any especially. Maybe that is because I mostly grew up without any store-bought snaps.

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    Gayle Larson
    April 22, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Being raised near the Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel factory we believed pretzels, along with Hershey’s chocolate was the third food group.
    They go with everything. Ice cream, cocoa, cake, pie, dips and an assortment of sauces.
    Chocolate is still my favorite.
    What’s not to like?

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    Miss Cindy
    April 22, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Yep, with that much salt how could you not like them!

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