Pretzels, somewhat surprisingly, got their start in the Catholic Church. Sometime around the 7th Century A.D., monks presented their students with treats of baked dough twisted in the shape of crossed arms. At the time, crossing one’s arms was the traditional posture for prayer. Not only that, but pretzels, made from water, flour and salt, were also the perfect food for Lent — when meat, dairy and eggs were prohibited. So there you have some National Pretzel Day history — with a twist!
National Pretzel Day timeline
Many believe that the pretzel was created by an Italian monk, who’d reward children for learning their prayers.
The intertwined loops of the pretzel symbolize love in some parts of the world.
Swiss and German immigrants introduce the pretzel to North America.
The first proper pretzel bakery opens in Lititz, Pennsylvania.
National Pretzel Day Activities
Did you need an excuse to head to your nearest 'biergarten'? You have one now. What better way to showcase pretzels, than with some good mustard, beer, and friends?
Chances are, there are many restaurants and bars in your area showing off their pretzel prowess. Why not make a night of it and test out the local options?
Here's a somewhat sweet take on making pretzels yourself.
Why We Love National Pretzel Day
One word: Carbs
There's something oh-so satisfying about the carb-y insides, the toothsome exterior crust, the crunchy salt on top. Pretzels bring together a bunch of taste sensations that make it a very enjoyable snack—anytime of day.
Two words: Dipping sauce
Pretzels are just fun to eat. Hard or soft, and on their own. But they really go to the next level when you pair them with things like peanut butter, cheese sauce, mustard, and chocolate.
They're cheap, too
Most pretzels, wherever you are, don't cost more than $5. Whether you're at the park, office, or mall — this handy snack can power you through the day.
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