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Cute Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes for Kids

These ridiculously moist chocolate cupcakes are made from scratch and completely adorable. Kids will love the fun, festive reindeer design, but adults with dig the rich, delicious chocolatey flavor. Bring them to a holiday potluck or send them with your kids to school. No matter the holiday occasion, your cupcakes are sure to gather compliments. Homemade cupcakes are always the best, but if you’re crunched for time, there’s no shame in the boxed cupcake mix game either. Just pick up a package of your favorite cupcake mix and frosting and bake according to the box. Let cool, and decorate per the instructions below. Happy holidays! Cute Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes for Kids Makes about two dozen+ cupcakes Ingredients 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda 3/4 unsweetened cocoa powder 1/8 tsp salt 3 tbsp butter, room temperature 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 eggs 3/4 tsp…

The humble pretzel’s twisted path to becoming an Oktoberfest food favorite

The first keg has been tapped and the beer is flowing freely at the massive two-week-long Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. More than 6 million people will descend upon the city to enjoy parades, music, rides, and of course, to guzzle nearly 7 million liters of beer — but revelers can not live on beer alone. Stirring up the thirst of these stein-swinging merrymakers? The humble pretzel. The Bavarian pretzel is a classic Oktoberfest secular snack, but it is said to have angelic origins. The exact history of the pretzel is unclear, but the most common legend says that sometime after 610 A.D., Benedictine monks of Bourgogne and Bavaria gave pretzels as a reward to children who said their prayers. (Germans called them bretzel, which is probably where the English name came from.) The twisted shape of the pretzels is said to represent the shape of two arms in…

Why we celebrate Oktoberfest in September

Every year millions of people around the world wonder why the German tradition known as Oktoberfest is celebrated primarily in the month of September. The annual celebration is best known for its beer, food and general celebration of German culture. But given the name, shouldn’t the shindig primarily take place in its namesake month? The official Oktoberfest website explains. The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810, with a one-day horse-race held as part of the wedding festivities for Bavarian King Ludwig I and his wife, Theresie. The crowd liked it so much, that it became an annual event, eventually developing into the world of marching bands, sausages and colorfully-dressed beer maidens we know today. But over the decades, the horse-race disappeared, and the event grew to more than two weeks long — stretching the event into mid-October. Since fall can be quite cold in Bavaria, even snowy, a decision was made to start the festivities earlier…

Burger King unveils Crispy Pretzel Chicken Fries

Burger King just raised the stakes in the fast-food game with its newest variety of chicken fries. Rolling out now, the Crispy Pretzel Chicken Fries are expected to cost a little more than $3. It takes their regular chicken fries and coats them with a pretzel-based batter. crispy, crunchy — meet tender and juicy. try the NEW Crispy Pretzel Chicken Fries today! #ItsCrunchTime pic.twitter.com/J7E6n3Xznq — Burger King (@BurgerKing) June 7, 2018 Chicken Fries were on Burger King’s menu from 2005-12 and then reintroduced permanently in 2014. The fast-food chain added a limited Fiery variety in 2015, as well as a Buffalo flavor. In 2016, they made a Jalapeno version and later added Cheetos Chicken Fries, as well as Chicken Fry Rings. They’ve only been spotted at a few Burger Kings so far, so keep an eye out and grab them while you can, because they’re a limited-time product. More from…

Mandarin orange Jell-O pretzel salad is refreshing and fun

If you’re a fan of foods that are crunchy, salty and sweet, there’s no way you’re not going to love this mandarin orange Jell-O pretzel salad recipe. The irresistible dish makes many appearances at many Midwest potlucks, but it’s just as easy to make for a backyard weeknight dinner with family or neighbors. Strawberry is the most common fruit used on this classic dish, but the cool, citrusy combination of mandarin and pineapple makes for a delicious update. Notes: I probably make this dish about once a year — not because I don’t love it, but because I can’t be trusted. I will eat the whole pan by myself if left without supervision. It’s just THAT GOOD. In no way is this a healthy recipe, but I do what I can to cut out unnecessary calories if possible. That said, if you like a creamier salad, add a full three or four cups of whipped…

Best Oktoberfest Celebrations in the U.S.

For beer drinkers, the month of September brings the year’s main event: Oktoberfest (save questions about the name for another article). The time-honored annual fall tradition of debauchery begins this Saturday. Of course, Munich is the original Oktoberfest. More than 6 million people from around the world decend on the city every year to guzzle nearly 2 million gallons of beer. But for those of us who can’t get away overseas, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the German festival here at home. More than 46 million German-Americans — the largest single ethnic group — have gifted us with plenty of places to help them partake in their wunderbar celebration. To help you decide where to celebrate Stateside, WalletHub has crunched data to create a list of the top 100 best cities for Oktoberfest celebrations. The data crunchers used 23 indicators including sheer number of breweries and beer gardens, overall safety and walkability, average price of beer,…

Get a Free Pretzel on National Pretzel Day, April 26

To help you celebrate National Pretzel Day this Wednesday, April 26, several pretzel shop chains are offering free or discounted offers on pretzels. Pop in to one of these locations for a deal or a steal: Auntie Anne’s – Download the “My Pretzel Perks” app and receive one free Original or Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel from Wednesday, April 26 through Sunday, April 30. You must download the app by 11:59 p.m. EST on April 26 to get the offer. Ben’s Soft Pretzels – Get a free pretzel 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 when you make a $1 donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Philly Pretzel Factory – Get a free pretzel at all regular and Walmart locations on April 26, 2017. The first 100 customers at each location will also receive a card redeemable for a free pretzel every day in May. Pretzelmaker – Get a 26-cent salted or unsalted pretzel at participating locations on April 26,…