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Auntie Anne’s Heart-Shaped Pretzels Are THE Valentine’s Day Alternative to Chocolate

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, and we all know what that means — you’ll be running out to the store the day of to grab a last-minute bouquet of flowers, a bottle of cheap wine, and the standard heart-shaped box full of chocolates.

While there are some pretty good new chocolates and candies out this year, maybe it’s time to try something new to impress your significant other. How about a hand-rolled, warm, heart-shaped soft pretzel instead?

Auntie Anne’s will be offering this special pretzel shape on Valentine’s Day in all of their locations nationwide. You’ll be able to get this soft, comforting snack in both Cinnamon Sugar and Original flavors. While the pretzel is definitely shareable, Auntie Anne’s will be making it easy for both you and your special someone to get a heart-shaped pretzel with a buy one, get one free offer.

The offer is exclusive to “My Pretzel Perks” Members, but it’s pretty easy to become one. All you have to do is download Auntie Anne’s “My Pretzel Perks” free app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store by 11:59 P.M. EST on February 12th.

Your boo will definitely be impressed and appreciate not getting a sickening amount of chocolate for the umpteenth time in a row. What happens after that is all up to you.

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Maryland Stadium Introduces 1.5 Pound Crab and Cheese Smothered Pretzel

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The Maryland Terrapins are going big this season by offering a huge — gigantic, monstrous even — 24 ounce soft pretzel smothered with back fin crab dip and melted cheese and dusted with Old Bay.  Large enough to serve two to four people, the “Chessie” pretzel will be available at Byrd Stadium throughout the 2014 football season.

Named for the lesser known lake monster of Chesapeake Bay, the Chessie will cost you $17.50, says the Washington Post — a steal, considering how big it is. There’s also the equally Maryland-inspired crab-covered nachos and french fries, designed to introduce game-goers to “warm Maryland hospitality and cuisine,” according to a release.

Whether the newly-inducted University of Maryland is ready to be a Big Ten school or not is yet to be seen, but we can safely say its concession stand is killing the game.

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Now You Can Own A Personal Soft Pretzel Maker

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There’s something deliciously comforting about soft pretzels. Whether you’ve bought ’em at a mall kiosk or a stadium concession stand, I think we can all agree they’ve got the whole snack thing down. And now you can make your very own versions at home with the Soft Pretzel Factory.

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This countertop contraption can make six small pretzels or two large ones with molds and recipes included. The best part is that you can go pretzel crazy, making anything from salty versions to extra sugary bites. To get those creative juices flowing, may I suggest topping your pretzels with cinnamon and sugar and dipping them in Nutella? Oh yes, plz.

Soft Pretzel Factory, $30 @Amazon

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