The Dressed Pretzel & Co. Is a Sweet & Salty Haven in Larchmont

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Led by a Harrison resident, The Dressed Pretzel & Co. crafts gourmet, chocolate-dipped pretzels in a wide array of flavors.

Standing behind the counter of The Dressed Pretzel & Co., Larchmont’s latest culinary innovation, Harrison resident Sophia O’Connell describes how she worked — for the better part of two years — with a master chocolatier in advance of opening the shop. “I always wanted a food endeavor. Food connects people,” she says. “And, who can say ‘no’ to chocolate?”

Twenty or so varieties of gourmet, chocolate-dipped pretzels are on offer any given day, and everything is made inhouse. Best sellers include an outside-the-box lemon meringue pretzel with house-made marshmallow, white chocolate, and lemon drizzle, and don’t miss O’Connell’s favorite: chocolate caramel, which involves milk chocolate and a sprinkling of toffee bits. There are plenty of dark chocolate options (a flavor profile that surprised the milk chocolate-loving O’Connell), and a crunchy iteration with house-made hazelnut spread (à la Nutella) is coming soon.

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“Chocolate-covered pretzels are everywhere and people really like them. I offer a great combination of flavors that you can’t necessarily find at the local supermarket,” O’Connell says. Plus, she’s sourcing better ingredients. In fact, the same house-made chocolate she douses the pretzels in is also used to make the store’s signature hot chocolate (topped with whipped cream, of course), which also comes in peppermint and Mexican hot chocolate varieties.

In addition to pleasing palates and appeasing chocoholics, The Dressed Pretzel endeavors to make a social impact. A portion of the sales from the protein-packed “Tell It to My Heart” pretzel (dark chocolate dressed with flax, chia, sesame, and sunflower seeds) is donated to the American Heart Association. And the “Ruby Booby,” made with ruby chocolate, benefits breast cancer research.

O’Connell says she chose Larchmont for the great community feel, the high foot traffic, and, specifically, the location’s proximity to the local elementary schools (hello, parents looking for an after-school activity!).

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With two small tables towards the front of the store, guests can “dine” in or take their confections to go. Large gift boxes accommodate a dozen pretzels, with smaller boxes making perfect hostess and teacher gifts. Nationwide shipping is in the works.

The Dressed Pretzel Box. Photo by Jessica Rosen Klein.
The Dressed Pretzels Gifts. Photo by Jessica Rosen Klein.

The Dressed Pretzel
141 Larchmont Ave, Larchmont; 914.630.1116

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