Dec 17, 2012

Where can I get New Year's pretzels?

Dear Mailbag, With Sweetkneads leaving is anyone else going to be making New Years pretzels using Feddersen's recipe? I have enjoyed this tradition since childhood and hate to see it end. Thanks, Sue on Shoreline Dr.

Sweetkneads is indeed moving in with the Bergman Orchard farm market on Ohio 53 near Port Clinton this spring. Their last day in the plaza at Columbus Avenue and Strub Road will be before New Year's Day. But you're in luck, Sue. House of Donuts on West Perkins Avenue will be making New Year's pretzels Dec. 22 - 31 during business hours 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They said it's best if you call ahead (419-625-3400) to place an order so they know how many to make for the day. The pretzels are $8 a piece (they're pretty big).

There may be some other places around town doing pretzels, but I'm not aware of them. If anyone knows, feel free to comment below with the information.

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real talk

Visit your local time machine and travel back a couple decades.
None of the places make a good one. I don't care if they say they have the real recipe, it is just not nearly as good.

Licorice Schtick

And the longer it's been, the better they were.


Aren' their several places like the Donut shop on Perkins and Krogers? They may not be as good but they sure come darn close. We bought three at Kroger's last year and they were gone in two days.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the House of Donuts have Fedderson's old recipe. Helmut knew how to do it for sure.


We have gotten New Year's pretzel from Bassetts IGA in Bellevue. Not exact, but not too bad.
They use the spice, mace in their recipe.


Jolly Donut located at 2815 Milan Road is taking orders for homemade New Years pretzels now at 419 626 6071. If anyone remembers the old Smith's bakery pretzels, these are the same recipe. The price is 6.99..also taking orders for homemade cut out cookies.

Sarah Weber

Thanks for the info JD!

sandtown born a...

I need one shipped to me any volunteers?????


Jolly Donut will be glad to ship one to you, give us a call 419 626 6071.


The House of Donuts is the best for pretzels that I have tasted. I have an old family German recipe that has been passed down in my family and these pretizels come very close to that recipe. Some of these places just make bun dough and there is no taste at all. If I wanted bun dough, I would go out and buy hot dog or hamburger buns, it taste just like the buns do, no flavor or taste.


Make it yourself, I have the recipe that Elmer Grahl passed out as original years back. I'll post it if someone wants.


That is my grandmother's recipe. She is the one who made the original that was sold to the makers of the New Years Pretzel. Please do post it, my cousin was supposed to send it but forgot.


We have found our's at the Pie Factory in years past...very good.

Simmer down

Please post recipe!!!!!


Fedderson's New Years Pretzel Recipe... 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup very warm water... 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 stick margarine or butter 1 teaspoon mace 1 cup milk 2 packages dry yeast 3 eggs slightly beaten 1/2 teaspoon sugar 4 1/2 cups flour Place 1/2 cup sugar, salt and mace in a large mixing bowl and set aside. Dissolve yeast and 1/2 tsp sugar in warm water. In a small saucepan mix milk and margarine or butter and heat until it melts. Add the milk mixtur to the dry ingredients in bowl, add eggs and yeast mixture; stir in flour and cover with a towel. Place in a warm place until it doubles in size, one to two hours depending on the temperature of the room. Put the whole ball of dough on floured board and knead for a cople of minutes. Divide dough into two equal parts. Knead one part into a strip 1 1/2 inches in diameter and 36 inches long. Place this on a greased cookie sheet with the smooth side of the dough up and form into a pretzel. Repeat with the other half of the dough. Cover and put in a warm place until it doubles in size again. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. As soon as the pretzels are taken from the oven, brush the top with glaze of 1 1/2 tsp of cornstarch and 1/2 cup of water, boiled together until clear. Makes two large pretzels.


Thanks, Richrs. Appreciate it.

Simmer down

Thank you richrs

Julie R.

Those were the good 'ole days --- Fedderson's and Smith's bakery.