The Pretzel Podcast From pretzels in the news, to pretzels throughout history, to pretzels in pop culture, The Pretzel Podcast is, well, a podcast about pretzels. Hosts Michelle Maternowski and Mitch Teich place the unheralded salty snack front and center. The Pretzel Podcast features interviews, special guests, pretzel taste tests, and surprising insights into the snack food you know and love.
The Pretzel Podcast

The Pretzel Podcast

From WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR

From pretzels in the news, to pretzels throughout history, to pretzels in pop culture, The Pretzel Podcast is, well, a podcast about pretzels. Hosts Michelle Maternowski and Mitch Teich place the unheralded salty snack front and center. The Pretzel Podcast features interviews, special guests, pretzel taste tests, and surprising insights into the snack food you know and love.

Most Recent Episodes

Strength Through Pretzels

Co-hosts Mitch and Michelle talk with the owners of two pretzel companies — one packed with protein and another that calls itself "the people's pretzel." And, Mitch finds himself making some pretzel news. Visit WUWM.com/PretzelPodcast to listen to all of our pretz-tacular episodes.

Trademarked Crunch Time

Co-hosts Michelle and Mitch make their triumphant return to Chicago and the 2019 Sweets and Snacks Expo. While they're on-site, they learn which company may have "inadvertently" been influenced by The Pretzel Podcast . Plus, they hear the story of a serendipitous meeting at last year's expo that yielded a surprisingly tasty result. Visit WUWM.com/PretzelPodcast to listen to all of our pretz-tacular episodes.

Touring Pretzeltopia

Who would have thought that National Pretzel Day is upon us again already? Or is it National Soft Pretzel Day? Mitch and Michelle dig into that question, and also learn about a place that goes against the grain and celebrates its own Pretzel Day. Plus, a tour of a grocery store with more varieties of pretzel than you can shake a pretzel stick at, and two new varieties of seasoned pretzels are put to the test. Visit WUWM.com/PretzelPodcast to listen to all of our seasoned episodes.

Pretzels for God, Pretzels for Lent

Just in time for Lent, the Pretzel Podcast uncovers the details behind a 1970s movement that sought to harness the godly power of pretzels. We meet writer and recovering anthropologist Shoshi Parks , who penned an article on the Pretzels for God movement for Gastro Obscura. Plus, Michelle shares the story of her husband's first successful efforts to make high quality pretzels at home. And on Crunch Time, Mitch and Michelle try Unique Pretzel's new Sourdough Craft Beer pretzels, and the decidedly

Treats of Philadelphia

For Episode 20, Pretzel Podcast co-host Mitch Teich goes on location to Philadelphia, where he meets up with one of the show's biggest fans at Center City Pretzel. The bakery plays a huge role in the pretzel-loving lives of thousands of Philadelphians. Plus Mitch and Michelle try some hard pretzels purchased at Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market. And we hear a delicious pretzel memory from a woman who went to elementary school in South Philly. Visit WUWM.com/PretzelPodcast to listen to all

Slané Tyčinky and the Experimental Carnival Party

Following our New Year's break, the Pretzel Podcast is back with another trip to Europe, courtesy of Michelle's Aunt Linda. We try two brands of Slovakian pretzels and a German snack called "Gypsy Wheels" all direct from a Polish grocery store - plus some Polish pretzels brought back from a German Christmas market in Milwaukee. Also, Mitch relates his family's effort to make German New Year's Pretzels. And we use an online snacking calculator to figure out how many bags of snacks Michelle might

Jughead & Christmas Crackers

On our last episode of the Pretzel Podcast for 2018, Mitch and Michelle share the story of the daring rescue of a deer from a pretzel jar. The hosts of America's Test Kitchen , Julia Collin Davison and Bridget Lancaster, share their pretzel memories and a hockey game sparks a decades-old pretzel flashback. And on Crunch Time, we try to decide whether three brands of pretzel crackers are more pretzel , more cracker, or more cardboard. Visit WUWM.com/PretzelPodcast to listen to all of our pretz

A Yogurt-Coated Mess

On a pre-Thanksgiving edition of the Pretzel Podcast, Mitch and Michelle explore the mystery that is "yogurt-coated" pretzels. They ask a food scientist whether the yogurt coating in any way resembles the yogurt we eat in small cups at breakfast, learn about a new project that combines pretzel-making with beer brewing. And as they try two coated pretzel brands, they ask whether a pretzel can truly be "versatile," or whether that's just an annoying word that shows up on packaging.

That's No Lye

On the latest episode of the Pretzel Podcast, Michelle and Mitch travel to Pretzel Land, at least as it's imagined by the developers of a new pretzel-themed app. Plus, Atlas Obscura co-founder Dylan Thuras shares a pretzel memory he shares with his young son. And we taste three varieties of pretzels shared with us by a very generous listener in Pennsylvania. Visit WUWM.com/PretzelPodcast to listen to all of our pretz-tacular episodes.

38 Minutes On The Dot

On a very special episode of The Pretzel Podcast, we speak with Dorothy "Dot" Henke of Velva, North Dakota, who turned a turned a likable recipe for seasoned pretzels into a booming national business, Dot's Homestyle Pretzels. Will Dot's Pretzels take over the universe? Will Dot's Pretzels advertise in next year's Super Bowl? Journey with us to find the compelling answers about these compelling pretzels... Visit WUWM.com/PretzelPodcast to listen to all of our pretz-tacular episodes.

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