National Pretzel Day

National Pretzel DayNational Pretzel Day

April 26th is National Pretzel Day. The holiday celebrates the versatile snack and its long, if somewhat cloudy, history.

Though there are several competing stories as to the exact origin of the pretzel, some citing its creation in France, Spain, and even linking it to a Greek ring bread that was used thousands of years ago. Despite the vague nature of the specifics, it is generally agreed that pretzels were developed by Catholic monks as a treat for their young students.

This tie to Catholicism makes sense as pretzels are made only with water, flour, and salt, making them an acceptable foodstuff during the time of lent when animal products such as meat, dairy, and eggs are off the table, literally. 

Pretzels were eventually brought to the US in the 19th century by German and other European immigrants including the Pennsyvania Dutch, a group closely tied to today’s Amish communities.

Enjoy the salty treat with a jumbo soft pretzel from a food cart, a bag of hard pretzels, or even delectable yogurt-covered pretzels to celebrate National Pretzel Day on April 26th. Feeling ambitious? Try your hand at making your own pretzels at home!

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