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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Auntie Anne's Field Trip

I must start off by letting you know that I LOVE Auntie Anne's pretzels!  In fact, I love them so much that I was originally a week early for this field trip.  (Thankfully, the owner is a homeschool mom so she completely understood how this could have happened.)

If you love pretzels, this is one field trip I highly recommend you take.  I'll walk you through ours.

First, the owner talked to the children about some safety rules.  She also gave each of them a sticker.

We then followed her to the back room.

Here the children learned about the various ingredients used in making the pretzels.  These ingredients come mixed together in a large bag like the one the owner is holding.  They also learned how many pretzels could be made from one bag of mix.  (Can you guess how many?)

Each child felt the weight of the bag which was about 8 pounds.

The owner discussed the importance of making sure everything used in the store was thoroughly sanitized. 

The children learned how soda (pop) is made.  They also saw the boxes of corn syrup (sugar) that is mixed with the CO2 to make the drinks. 

Here the children saw where the drinks were dispensed from. 

The children were about to see how the pretzels are made.

Once the dough is formed into a pretzel shape, it is put in the oven where it cooks for about five minutes.  Here the children were told to close their eyes so that when they opened them, they could see the finished product. 

Now it was time for the children to make their own pretzels.  They each received a piece of rolled-out dough.

The owner demonstrated each step.

First, the children stretched the dough and formed it into a "U" shape.

Then they crossed it over.

Then they finished it.

Forming the shape on the table was pretty easy.  Trying to form it as you twirled it in the air was a bit trickier.  

Here my little one did it with help from the owner.

Once the children were finished making a pretzel, the dough was collected so as to be disposed of for sanitary reasons.

Here is a photo of the children waiting for some taste testing.

Up first, was their cherry and blue raspberry lemonade.  I believe the consensus was that they were both good, but even better when mixed together.

Next up for testing was their pretzel dog.  I rarely eat hot dogs, but this was so delicious that I had to order one for myself.  

The children ended their experience with a delicious pretzel and some lemonade. 

This was a really fun field trip for the kids and parents alike.

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  1. How did you arrange this field trip? I live in your area and would like to do one with my kids.

  2. ASliceofHomeschoolPieApril 28, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    You can just call the Auntie Anne's store closest to you and let them know you would like to schedule a field trip to their store. Here's a link to the ones in OH.


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