TueApr 26

National Pretzel Day – April 26, 2022

If you love a Pretzel, then National Pretzel Day on on April 26 is the day for you. 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

610 A.D.
Created for Praise

Many believe that the pretzel was created by an Italian monk, who’d reward children for learning their prayers.

17th century
Well, It Looks Like a Heart

The intertwined loops of the pretzel symbolize love in some parts of the world.

Pretzels Go Global

Swiss and German immigrants introduce the pretzel to North America.

Open For Business

The first proper pretzel bakery opens in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

National Pretzel Day Activities

  1. Go Bavarian

    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?

  2. Pretzel crawl

    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?

  3. DIY(P)

    Watch one of the many YouTube videos and make your own pretzels. You'll be left feeling very satisfied at the end.

Why We Love National Pretzel Day

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

National Pretzel Day dates

2022April 26Tuesday
2023April 26Wednesday
2024April 26Friday
2025April 26Saturday
2026April 26Sunday

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