Deep down in my soul exists a serious love for food that is mostly found at gas stations.

Powdered mini donuts, check.

Ranch Corn Nuts, yep.

Slim Jim, ya, I’ll snap right into one.

If you even mention a roadtrip, you better believe I’m having visions of Chester the Cheetah.

These foods are a little bit nostalgic for me because, as a kid, we took many road trips with my dad.  He’s a total sucker for crap gas station food, and the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree.  Although, 2 of my top gas station guilty pleasures are Cool Ranch Doritos and plain old pretzels twists. Crunchy and salty, I can’t get enough!  Even though we don’t have a road trip planned in our near future, that doesn’t mean I can’t have some of my favorite salty snacks.  Instead of buying them individually, I thought, “what if I combined them?”  So I did.  And then I kicked myself because I couldn’t stop eating them.  And then my daughter discovered them, and she can’t stop eating them.  Side Note: she’s a COMPLETE pretzel-a-holic.  But they must be mini pretzels twists, WITH salt.  Heaven forbid I accidentally buy the ones without salt.  She spit that crap out and looked at me like I was poisoning her.  She’s what we call ‘particular.’  This particular child is loving these pretzels though!


I didn’t start off with a 10 oz bag of pretzels, although, I’m guessing that would be about 8 cups.  We buy our pretzels in bulk, remember, I have a pretzel-a-holic.

If you happen to buy unsalted pretzels, add some extra salt when you toss them.  About 1/2 tsp.

The dill and garlic are totally optional.  I added them because I like a lot of flavor, but it’s not 100% necessary.




Cool Ranch Pretzels

Cool Ranch Pretzels


  • 8 cups mini pretzels twists (salted or unsalted, whatever your taste preference is)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 small packet ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 tsp dried dill (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder (optional)


Add all the contents to a plastic zip lock bag, seal it shut, shake it up, eat.

These will last for a couple weeks in an airtight container.