I Can't Stop Staring at This Sad Darth Vader Pretzel

Some holidays come with food. Valentine’s Day and chocolates, Thanksgiving and turkey, Halloween and a bag full of candy from a stranger... but Father’s Day has always been left off the list. Until now, when the good people at Star Wars.com have given us a pretzel that says both “I think you might be evil” and “I may have never actually seen Star Wars.”

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The recipe looks perfectly tasty, but the design... Look. If this is the professional’s take, the average home cook is going to do much worse. Maybe a Great British Bake Off contestant would pull off something that looked like it had been made by ILM, but I doubt anyone else could make this into something recognizable.

I can’t stop staring at this thing. It’s like a Rorschach bread test. I see a cuddly bear. I see a jellyfish with very small tentacles. I see a half-plucked flower on top of a broken plate. I see Cthulu.

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Wait... this is a trick, isn’t it? Is it actually a way to summon an Old One into my kitchen? Well, that would make a better Father’s Day gift.

Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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DISCUSSION

Vader? I see more of this:

Rorschach Pretzel?