The Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Fest in Grand Rapids is fast approaching and so I decided to share how to make a wonderful accessory and snack.

When attending a festival that is centered around “tasting” alcoholic beverages, it’s nice to have food on hand when you’re hungry and to cut the taste between drinks. The Pretzelace (necklace made from pretzels) is seemingly simple to make, but you’d be surprised by the number of people that come up to me at festivals asking where I got mine. I don’t want you to be that person. Follow the easy steps below to create your own masterpiece.

Step 1:  Gather Supplies

To make a pretzelace, you need string, scissors, and, of course, pretzels (the twisty kind unless you plan on drilling holes in them).

Step 2: Cut the String

The preferred length of the necklace will vary for each person. I recommend measuring a piece of string from just above your waist to the ground.

Step 3: Add Pretzels

pretzelace making

Hold both ends of the string with one hand, while you carefully add pretzels with the other. Make sure not to drop the string, spilling your pretzels on the floor. Do not fill the entire string with pretzels, as you will need room to tie the ends. If you are female, you will want to think about where you hair might hit.

Step 4: Put On The Pretzelace


This works best if you have a friend to help. Wrap the pretzelace around your neck, and tie the ends of the string together. Now you have a fantastic looking necklace made of the number one food consumed with beer. As you wander from tent to tent, sipping amazing concoctions, nibble from your necklace without having to pause to buy food.

Say you’re not a huge pretzel fan, or you have a bit of a sweet tooth, or you’re just plain adventurous. You can branch out from plain pretzels and add in some flavor. I like to include cheesy flavored pretzels, sour dough giant pretzels, chocolate covered pretzels, and cookies. Basically if there’s a food with a hole in it, you can add it to your necklace.

flavored pretzels

Just be careful if you’re using chocolate covered anything, as it can make quite a mess. I prefer to wear dark colored clothing, and then it’s not a problem. You also need to be aware of strangers getting hungry. If you make your necklace too delicious looking, you might end up with a random eating off your neck.


I hope to see you all out next weekend with unique and tasty pretzelaces. Cheers!