Stephen Bonnet’s Salted Chocolate Pretzel Balls from Outlander

Stephen Bonnet's Salted Chocolate Pretzel Balls

"A bit more tea, Doctor Fentiman?" I urged a fresh cup upon him, willing him to stay awake. "Do tell me more about it. The surgery must have been quite delicate?"

In fact, men never like to hear that the removal of testicles is a simple matter, but it is. Though I would admit that the fact of the patient's being conscious during the whole procedure had likely added to the difficulty.

Fentiman regained a bit of his animation, telling me about it.

"...and the ball had gone straight through the testicle; it had left the most perfect hole... . You could look quite through it, I assure you." Plainly he regretted the loss of this interesting specimen, and it was with some difficulty that I got him to tell me what had become of the gentleman to whom it belonged.

"Well, that was odd. It was the horse, you see..." he said vaguely. "Lovely animal...long hair, like a woman's, so unusual..."

A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Chapter 56)

Hmmm. Where to start? How do I explain the progression regression from Nutella-Filled Pretzel Balls to Stephen Bonnet's Salted-Chocolate Balls?

There's a really simple explanation, honestly. But it involves me naming names, and, at this point, I'm not sure that these people's families know how deep their loved ones' Outlander obsessions go...and I'm dead certain that they don't want to know what they we talk about online.

So yes, this titular evolution happened on Facebook. Amongst a group of complete Outlander nutbars. And I think it's better if I just leave it at that.

Salted Chocolate Pretzel

If you've always wanted to take your own piece out of that green-eyed, one-balled Irish bastard, then stick around and scroll on down. Leroi's roommates are is waiting...


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19 Jan 2012 - 12:01pm

Lee Ann

LOL...sorry I missed that FB exchange...


You would have loved it Lee Ann! Next time...

19 Jan 2012 - 12:09pm


OMG - hilarious!


I will admit to feeling slightly relieved by everyone's reactions. I was afraid it was a bit too over the top! Apparently, you're all nutbars. ;)


LOL over the top? never! now, had you actually named them "bonnet's crusty balls" as mentioned on facebook (no idea who would EVER discuss something like that haha) then...maybe to the non-obsessed it would have seemed a bit much. LOL. nnutbars. :-)

19 Jan 2012 - 12:24pm


Oh. My. Goodness! Thanks for the laugh today!

19 Jan 2012 - 1:46pm


Outlander nutbar? I resemble that remark, lol!nnSeriously though, my kids love nutella; I might have to buy a food processor just to try this recipe! Thanks again for bringing a piece of Outlander one step closer to the real world = )


Jenn -- it's probably actually cheaper to buy a jar...but this version is a lot less sweet. You can really taste the hazelnuts!

19 Jan 2012 - 4:01pm


Thanks for the morning laugh!


The photo of the risen dough is and perfect. I'm so weird - but I find it somehow soothing! That's why I love baking bread!!

Theresa are not weird at all! I actually had written something about the perfect beauty of that round ball of dough -- but then Stephen Bonnet got in the way...;)

19 Jan 2012 - 4:49pm

The Mom Chef …

Looks better than Alec Baldwin's Schwetty Balls. You crack me up.

19 Jan 2012 - 5:06pm

mrs graham

you just called me a nutbar, on the interwebs?? I'M FAMOUS!! nlove this recipe, you nutbar.


Yes, you are a now a self-outed Outlander Nutbar for all the world to see, "Mrs. Graham." Just don't blame it on me....;)

19 Jan 2012 - 5:14pm


Nothing like a "lady"-like conversation first thing in the morning. They look yummy. *wink wink* I'll be there in a few... yes I know left turn @ Vancouver.

19 Jan 2012 - 5:26pm


Theresa you are FAB.n The kids just asked me what I'm laughing at, " Oh just something to do with the books" says me, cue lots of eye rolling and tutting from them lol.n:-)


Thanks Lesley! The kid safe version is over on theresa

19 Jan 2012 - 7:08pm


I think my eyeballs almost popped out of socket when I read the quote--then saw the picture lol! Oh my--this is masterful and scrumptious I'm sure!


Faith -- life is better with a few surprises. Don`t you agree? Theresa

19 Jan 2012 - 8:31pm


this is so fabulous. i cannot wait to try these! i say this about all of your recipes...but of these days i'm going to make them with a gluten free flour. mmm bonnet balls. hahah!


Thanks, Lior! I'd love to see a picture of those GF balls if you get a chance...Theresa


Lior, did you ever make these gf? My daughter has Celiac and I'm always looking for new and fun things for her. She is only 8 so I'd give her the Island Vittles version of course!!

19 Jan 2012 - 8:32pm


PS i am sitting here laughing out loud reading this post. gotta love facebook!

20 Jan 2012 - 1:11am


You are soooooooooo naughty!


Aaah, you know me, Mary...I sometimes find things hard to resist. ;)

20 Jan 2012 - 4:07am


This blog is so much fun. I enjoyed the humor of this! But also, seeing photos/descriptions of how the foods in the book most likely were made really brings that part of the story to life for me. Thanks for sharing with us!


Thanks for letting me know you're liking it, Jayne! Theresa

20 Jan 2012 - 3:34pm


OMG that looks so good!

20 Jan 2012 - 5:41pm


I found you on Tastespotting--my heart stopped a bit when I saw the name Stephen Bonnet. While these look delicious, the mention of Leroi in conjunction with's put my appetite quite off ;)nnOff to check out the rest of the blog now--thanks!


Yes, sorry about that, Maggie...sometimes there's really no excuse for my behaviour. So glad to have another Outlander fan here! Theresa


Well, since he is lacking in that department...

Mary Joslin

OMG, I thought no one else was as fanatical about the Outlander series as my family! This is so great and HYSTERICAL! Kudos Theresa for coming up with yet another way to enjoy Diana Gabaldon's talents!!!


That kind of enthusiasm is contagious, Mary! You're very welcome in the Kitchen!

29 Jan 2012 - 4:43am


Oh my gosh...YUM!!!


I thought you might like the look of SB's Balls, Carol! ;)

05 Feb 2012 - 10:08pm

Denise Twist

This is HYSTERICAL! I haven't checked the blog in awhile (buying a house and moving at Christmas will wreak havoc on aimless internet wandering) and I see I have a lot to catch up on. Well Done!


Thanks and I'm glad you liked it, Denise...hope you're all unpacked! Theresa

11 Feb 2012 - 11:34pm

Lisa K

*GASP* I don't own a stand mixer, but I found out you can knead the dough on a floured surface. A lot more work, and messier, but funner!

15 Mar 2012 - 7:15am

Introducing T…

There are now 24 Outlander-themed recipes, from the roast beef at J&Cs wedding feast to Stephen Bonnets Salted Chocolate Nutella Pretzel Ballsand lately Ive worried that newcomers have no (logical, organized) way of navigating

22 Apr 2012 - 1:59am

Outlander Bir…

And for dessert, we had Stephen Bonnets Salted Chocolate Pretzel Balls!

02 Sep 2012 - 1:59am


Just an update - we found another spread you can put inside these (besides Nutella). It's called Bischoff Spread and we found it at WalMart. It does contain wheat and soy, so those trying to avoid gluten *beware*. But it's absolutely FAB!

31 Oct 2012 - 7:06am

OKs 1st Anniv…

top-viewed post of the first year is Stephen Bonnets Salted Chocolate Pretzel Ballswhich is the first character-inspired recipe I created, after a rather randy on-line

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