Who knew? Every once in a while I come across a kitchen item that completely baffles me. Usually it is some sort of Frankenstein creation that merges two common tasks into one unit. Another popular item to find, however, is an appliance that is dedicated to one task, and one task only. These devices are likely to be large and priced to attract would-be gift-givers, but ultimately they turn out to be mostly useless. But every now and again I stumble across something that just seems to arise out of a natural need.
The Pretzel Rod Display Stand is one such item (contraption? device? gadget?). It is simply a construction of wood with some holes drilled into the base. It doesn't get much simpler. No plugs, no heating elements, nothing to turn on. It just sits there until put to use, much like the recently honored stick.
In the end I can't really imagine another product doing a better job. I suppose in some respect that this actually is a combination device. Chocolate-dipped pretzels do need a place to dry after all. Yes, I realize one could fashion a wire mesh cooling rack into a pretzel rod holding rack, but where is the display aesthetic in that? Just one question remains for me, why only eight? It doesn't take that long to eat eight pretzels. Which brings up the third (and best) use for this subtle combination appliance: serving tray.