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Twisted Truck takes on the town

DaH Pretzel Guys expand business with food truck

Davin Makela, co owner of DaH Pretzel Guys serves a pretzel sandwhich from the business' new pretzel truck. The Twisted Truck serves up soft pretzels with unique sauces and mustards such as vanilla cream, garlic cheese spread, spicy brown mustard and more, as well as pretzel sandwiches, such as DaH Carnivore, which is all the truckÕs meat and cheeses sandwiched between soft pretzels. (Journal photo by Trinity Carey)

MARQUETTE — You might like your soft pretzel with a little salt, a side of nacho cheese or maybe a squirt of mustard. How about with a vanilla cream sauce, garlic cheese spread, dipped in cinnamon sugar or topped with pepperoni?

DaH Pretzel Guys are serving classic soft pretzels with some twists.

Davin Makela and Hans Andel first started selling their pretzels at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market alongside Davin’s Chocolates. Now the two serve up pretzels and other tasty creations from the Twisted Truck, which travels around to local breweries and festivals.

Their menu spans from plain pretzels to pretzels topped with your choice of ingredients, like pepperoni or parmesan garlic, to pretzel sandwiches — ham and cheese; turkey, bacon and cheddar; or salami, pepperoni and provolone, all sandwiched between a split soft pretzel.

“We do them all hand rolled too,” Makela said. “That’s a really unique way too. Most people have only tried the pretzels that are mass produced by machines, so there’s quite a big difference between the two.”

So far, the turkey club pretzel sandwich has been a best seller, but overall DaH Pretzel Guys food has been well received because of its versatility.

“Our No. 1 seller is probably our plain pretzels whenever we go to festivals. It’s just an easy grab and go,” Makela said. “It’s a good selling price point so people can get a bunch of them for their family and split them. You can get all sorts of different dips to choose from, so people can really tailor our pretzels or sandwiches into what they want them to be.”

The guys also offer sides like deli pickles, fried pizza rolls, chips and extra crispy tater tots sprinkled with seasoning and served with dip.

But when the idea for a business first came about, Makela and Andel didn’t have pretzels in mind. The two were having a pizza party for some friends and received a lot of positive feedback on the pizzas. They started experimenting with a pretzel crust, which ultimately led them to turning Andel’s pizza crust into the perfect pretzel dough, Makela said.

DaH Pretzel Guys started selling the pretzels at local breweries and the food truck followed shortly after. The Twisted truck has been serving late night food and attending special events with their temporary license but shortly, they will receive full licensing and be able to expand their schedule and menu items.

“It allows a little bit more experimentation and flexibility,” Makela said.

They hope to offer lunch service and be available just about every day of the week.

“With that, we want to try to do daily specials and have themed days for the week,” he said.

Ideas Makela and Andel have thrown around so far include “Nickel Pickle Mondays,” “Not so Taco Tuesdays,” “Fry-Days,” and Sunday brunch style days.

To find out where the Twisted Truck will be visit DaH Pretzel Guys on Facebook.

Trinity Carey can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is tcarey@miningjournal.net.